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Understanding Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia – 6 Weeks – WINTER 2020

Course Credit 15 Hours/PDPs
With an option to add 1 graduate  credit (see below) from Colorado State University – Pueblo.

This professional development course provides educators with an overview of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, including well-established neurological research related to the development of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the causes of learning challenges for individuals with these specific learning disabilities (SLD)
  • Explore related neurological research and theory
  • Learn general best-practice instructional strategies to support students
  • Gain awareness of other co-existing learning and social-emotional challenges
  • Consider alternative views of learning disabilities by exploring cultural norms related to disabilities

The course is divided into six, self-paced modules over 6 weeks.

  • Module 1: Defining dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia
  • Module 2: Neurological origins and manifestations
  • Module 3: Comorbidity with other challenges
  • Module 4: Overview of best classroom practices
  • Module 5: Special education laws
  • Module 6: Reframing social perspective

Each module will follow the same basic outline:

  • Reading of course content followed by a group discussion
  • A reading of additional course content followed by a brief quiz 
  • A viewing of additional resources followed by a related application assignment
  • An opportunity to submit concluding thoughts about the relevance of the course content

Specific Assignments:

  • Pre and Post-Assessments: These ungraded questionnaires will be completed at the beginning and end of the course in order to self-assess knowledge and application of course content.
  • Quizzes: The quizzes will assess comprehension of the content from the required reading. The quizzes will be automatically graded within the course platform. Although participants must earn an 80% or higher to move on to the next section of the course, there are unlimited attempts allowed.
  • Discussion Posts: The discussions will require participants to post an initial response and reply to at least one other post.
  • Application Assignments: The assignments in each module will require participants to apply their understanding of course content to follow the assignment directions and use examples provided as a guideline for format length, and quality of writing. These tasks will be assessed using specific rubrics.
  • Concluding Thoughts: These tasks require participants to synthesize three key takeaways from the module and will be assessed using specific rubrics.

We are excited to offer an optional (1) graduate credit for this course through Colorado State University – Pueblo. Graduate credit may be added by selecting the check box labeled “Grad Credit Fee” before clicking “Register.” The cost of 1 graduate credit is $125 and may not be added after the start date of the course. If you select the graduate credit option, you will be required to submit a registration form at the start of your course.

The following materials are required ONLY for those seeking graduate credit:

Schultz, P. (2011). My Dyslexia. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Redford, J. (Director). (2012). The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia [Documentary]. KPJR Films.

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Course Information

Credits
15 PDPs/Hours
1 Graduate Credit
(optional for an additional fee of $125)
Dates/Time Price
January 14 - February 25, 2020 $295 $245

Teachers Say...

"I really enjoyed the online experience, especially since I have young children at home and the online class provided me with flexibility."

LUCY PROULX
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

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