PDA Introduction to Differentiating Instruction

Date(s)January 15 - March 18, 2020
Seats Remaining35
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Course:  PDA Introduction to Differentiating Instruction

Inservice Points: 20 (Check with your district to determine if this course meets the SwD Recertification Requirement.)

Dates: January 15 - March 18, 2020

Required Online Group Meeting Dates:  January 15, January 29 and March 4   5:00-7:00 PM (EST).

Requirements for Online Group Meetings:

We will be using Adobe Connect for your online group meetings. Prior to the first group meeting, you will receive an email with a link to your course’s Adobe Connect room. Adobe Connect does not require any special software.  You will simply be going to a website for your group meeting. All you need is a computer with a high-speed internet connection (you may want to avoid using a wireless connection or dial-up connection if possible). Since the online group meetings require interaction from all participants, you will need to obtain a microphone and headphones.  Headsets with microphones can be purchased for about $15-$20 at Target, Wal-Mart or all electronic stores. You may be able to borrow a headset from your school. If you have a built-in microphone on your computer, you will still need a headset with a microphone.

Course Requirements:

In addition to online group meetings, participants read and study online module content, complete required assessment tasks and communicate with the facilitator regularly.  Your syllabus will assist you in pacing your work throughout the course.  Upon completion of all requirements, participants will receive 20 inservice points.

Course Description:  

This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about proactively providing a universally designed and differentiated environment in order to maximize student achievement for all students. Emphasis is on the importance of having clarity about the learning targets and proactively adjusting instruction utilizing a data-based decision making process that considers students' readiness for the content, interests, and learning preferences. Content and activities emphasize how to proactively provide important, engaging, and appropriately challenging work via flexible grouping methods and utilizing a variety of instructional strategies and supports.

The PDA courses, developed by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, are included in the Master Inservice Plan in all Florida school districts.  If you are not currently employed in education in Florida, it is your responsibility, prior to starting the module, to contact your former school district or private school agency to determine if they are able to submit inservice credits to FDOE for you.

Course Objectives:  http://fl-pda.org/facilitated/

Course Syllabus:  http://bit.ly/33vPZjG Please note: Information and dates on this syllabus are subject to change.

Additional Information: http://bit.ly/2CpAttS

Additional Questions: PDAQuestions@gmail.com

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