Webinars: Special Education

Part I: WEB1001 Understanding Learner Differences
Non-credit/four clock hours, OL Carrie Pfeifer
God has designed each learner with a set of unique talents and challenges. This course will examine the various types of learning differences seen today in our WELS classrooms and discuss the specific strengths and weaknesses associated with those various learning differences. The referral, assessment, and educational planning process will be examined with a focus on special education law in respect to private schools.

Part II: WEB1002 Differentiating Instruction to Benefit All Learners
Non-credit/four clock hours, OL Carrie Pfeifer
In a classroom of 25 students, most teachers will find 25 unique learners with specific and differing needs. How can one teacher address those unique needs in a manageable way? This course will show how differentiated instruction can work to the educational benefit of all of your students and respect your time and energy as a busy teacher. Planning structures, activities, and assessment ideas will be presented in addition to ways that teachers can modify and accommodate for students with learning disabilities.

WEB1004 Instructional Strategies for Students with Attention Disorders
Non-credit/four clock hours, OL Carrie Pfeifer
Many of today’s classroom teachers deal with students that have attention disorders (ADHD/ADD). It is estimated that about 5% of students between the ages of 9-17 are dealing with diagnosed attention disorders. These students want to succeed but need a teacher that understands how to work with their unique minds. This webinar will explain the brain basics of attention disorders and discuss practical strategies for working with students with ADHD and ADD.

The following two webinars in the series are in development for future availability:

WEB1005 Instructional Strategies for Students with Literacy Disorders
Non-credit/four clock hours, OL Carrie Pfeifer
Renewed interest in improving the basic skills of our students has increased pressure to start reading instruction sooner than ever before (Sousa 2007). But, what is the developmentally appropriate time to teach reading and writing? How does the brain “learn” to read and write? This webinar will explore the brain processes involved in ready and writing and provide teachers with developmentally appropriate teaching strategies for students with reading and writing problems.

WEB1006 Instructional Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Non-credit/four clock hours, OL Carrie Pfeifer
Medical professionals are now diagnosing autism spectrum disorders at an alarming level—some statistics indicate that 1 in 99 children now has some type of autism spectrum disorder. So, chances are that many of our classrooms have students that are on the autism spectrum. This webinar will briefly review the indicators of autism, study how the autistic brain works, and provide ways to enhance learning in students with autism spectrum disorders.