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Shaping Instruction for Individual Needs, EDL 900

Instructors: Ruslana Westerlund, Amber Nelson Walsh & Amy Hamborg

Topics: Teacher Inquiry, Instructional Strategies & Administrative/Leadership
Audiences: Specialist/Counselors & Pre K-12

All students are not created equal, and "one-size-fits-all" education cannot be expected to have a positive impact on the reduction of achievement gaps. This grouping of topics addresses the enrichment of curricula, utilization of assessment data, and individualization of instruction using multiple current techniques in order to best support each student's learning. Modules included are: 2032 Scaffolding for ELs, 2017 Differentiated Instruction, and 2012 The Power of Formative Assessment.

Topics: Scaffolding for ELs, Differentiation, and Formative Assessment

One-credit course expectations:

The learner's participation for one credit will be verified by:

  1. Completing the two categories of written assignments.
    1. At the end of each layer the learner will submit a few well written but concise remarks to address the layer's content.
    2. A one page summary reflection that is written upon completion of all of the modules incorporated in the selected UND course. End of Course Reflective Statement Requirements are provided. The final reflection must be sent as an attachment to the instructor of record at
  2. Checking the time stamp in the module indicating the amount of time the student spent studying the contents of the module.

Two-credit course expectations:

  1. The learner must complete one or more Authentic Practice Sets completing a minimum of 15 hours of additional work, beyond the requirements for the first credit, for a total of at least 30 hours for two credits.
    1. The additional 15 additional hours is focused on preparation of a portfolio exhibit that documents the design, implementation, and appraisal of an Authentic Practice Set applied to the content of the course.

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About Your Instructors

Ruslana Westerlund Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund is an associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Education Research Center, WIDA Consortium, Academic Language and Literacy Initiatives Department. Her responsibilities include re-conceptualization and development of tools for the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework by working with teachers and researchers to inform the WIDA ELD Standards Framework.

She is bicultural and trilingual, having been born and raised in Ukraine. Ruslana is an English language development specialist of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She believes that language development for these learners is situated at the intersection of the societal, school, and student socio-cultural contexts (Cortez, 1986) and that education of such learners encompasses issues beyond language and is deeply rooted in social justice.

Amber Nelson Walsh Amber Nelson Walsh

Amber Nelson Walsh is a middle-level teacher and instructional coach for a large metropolitan school district. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Benedict and master's of science from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Nelson Walsh earned her principal's license through Hamline University. She has had the opportunity to obtain a wide variety of professional development through national organizations, like the International Reading Association and the American Middle Level Educators, as well as many local associations. She has a strong interest in student engagement and student-centered classrooms.

Amy Hamborg Amy Hamborg

Amy Hamborg is licensed as a principal, superintendent, elementary, and special education teacher in Minnesota and elementary principal, elementary teacher, and special education teacher in Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a principal, she was the director of a private, non-profit nursery school serving 3-5-year-olds, and served as an education specialist for the South Dakota Department of Education. As a teacher she taught kindergarten, early childhood, and special education.

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