Graduate Education Courses

Please find the required Master's and licensure courses at Graduate Education. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your academic advisor or Karen Abbott in the Graduate Education Office at kabbott@smcvt.edu or 802.654.2649. To find if your course requires textbooks, go to the link on the left: "Campus Resources", click on Campus Store, then on the link that says "booklist for the upcoming semester". Scroll through until you find the start of the GED numbers. They can be found in the Campus Store, Alliot Student Center. The syllabi will be on Canvas, our learning management system.

Spring registration is closed.  The course schedule is under the Spring tab below.  Click here for: Descriptions 

Summer registration starts February 1st for matriculated students and the 29th for everyone.  Find a registration form under Academic Forms.

Summer Savings: $590 per credit for your first GED summer course and $150 off, per credit, for any other courses.  Summer 2016 only.  Take 2 or 3 courses and save!

Future Education Course Offerings

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule for planning purposes. Some courses may need to be offered during other terms or days. Fall and spring courses are offered in the evening from 5:00-7:30 with a few exceptions beginning 30 minutes earlier or later. Contact Karen Abbott, kabbott@smcvt.edu, directly with any questions.

Last updated November 24, 2015

Course Code Course Title CR SUMMER FALL SPRING
GED 508 Current Topics in Special Education

3

X

GED 509 Integrative Curriculum

3

W

GED 510 Becoming A Literacy Leader: Tools & Strategies for Success

3

X
GED 511 Fundamentals of Curriculum

3

TH

W

GED 516

Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future

3

M

M

GED 517 Teaching Nonfiction in the Elementary Grades 3

Not Offered SP17 

GED 520 Child and Adolescent Development 3

X

GED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom 3

TH

GED 525 Finding Your Writing Voice 3

M

GED 526 Special Topics 3

X

X

X

GED 528 K-8 Curriculum, Assessment and Management 4

W

GED 529 Personalized Learning  X   

 TH

GED 530 Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools 3 TH

 

GED 534 Assessment and Instruction in Reading 3

M

GED 535 Author and Illustrator Studies 3

X

GED 541 Building Classroom Community, Engaging Students and Increasing Awareness      

 T

GED 544 Mindfulness Education: Cultivating Caring, Attention, Awareness and Self-Regulation     

 W

GED 547 Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment 4

Th

GED 550 Student Teaching Internship
 6    X  X  
GED 555
 Student Teaching Seminar
 3   T
 T  
GED 558 Educator as Researcher
3

X

T

 
GED 562 Thesis Research 3

X

X

X

GED 565 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (Cross listed with GSL 520) 3 Online
GED 567 Legal and Financial Management of Schools 4

 

M
GED 572 School Leadership 3

 W

GED 578 Visual Learning: Words into Pictures 3

X

GED 580 Approaches to Teaching 
3

 

T
GED 581 Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges 3

T

GED 595 Launching and Developing a Writers' Workshop in the Elementary Grades 3

X

GED 596 Digital Media: Imagine the Possibilities 3

T

GED 606 Literacy Development and Instruction K-8 3

M

GED 607 Literacy Instruction for Adolescent Readers Who Struggle 3

X

GED 612 Math and Diversity 3

M

GED 613 Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom 3

T

GED 618 From Assessment to Action: Using Data to Improve Schools 3

X

GED 621 Supervision, Evaluation & Teacher Development 3

Th

GED 623 Ceramics for Educators (off campus at Burlington City Arts) 3

M

GED 631 Development, Learning, Behavior and Individual Differences  3

X

GED 632 Assessment of Students within General and Special Education 3

T

GED 633 Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education 3

Th

GED 635A Middle Grades: Organizational Strand 3

W

GED 635A Middle Grades Summer Institute (off campus) 3

X

GED 636 Special Education Leadership      

 T

 
GED 668 Administration & Interpretation of Woodcock-Johnson IV 3

X

GED 640 Language and Learning 3

TH

GED 641 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 3

X

T

GED 643 Instruction of K-6 Students with Learning Challenges in Language Arts 3

X

GED 644 Approaches to Teaching Students with Intensive Special Needs 2

T

GED 645 Assistive Technology: Creating Access

1

   

T

GED 649 Arts: The Creative Process 3

W (Every other year starting SP15)

GED 651 Hand On! Learning in and through the Arts 3

GED 661 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 1 4

 W

GED 662 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 2 4

 W

GED 667 Words Come Alive!: Drama in the Classroom 3

M

GED 669 Storytelling, Poetry-Reciting and Readers' Theatre 3  

M

 
GED 671 The Art of Bookmaking: Craft, Structure, and Creativity 3

TH

GED 673 Special Topics: Arts 1-3

X

X

X

GED 674 Multicultural Arts 3

 

T
GED 675  Educator as Artist: Personalized Learning, Teaching, and Engaging in the Artistic Process  3      X  
GED 676 Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment 4

M

GED 678 Heroes, Art & Social Justice: Aesthetic Perspectives 3

W (Every other year starting FA14)

GED 684 School and Community 3

X

GED 686 Independent Study 1 to 6

X

X

X

GED 687 Directed Readings 1 to 6

X

X

X

GED 688C School Leadership Practicum: Principal/Administrative Endorsement (year-long, starts in summer) 6
X

 

 

 GED 688D
Literacy Practicum: Reading/Language Arts Specialist Endorsement
 3    X  X  
 GED 688E
School Leadership Practicum: Director of Special Education (year-long, starts in summer)
6
 X        
 GED 688F
School Leadership Practicum: Director of Curriculum (year-long, starts in summer)  6  X        
 GED 693  Integrating Art, Social Studies & Language Arts:
 K-8
 3

W (Every other year starting FA15)

 


GED 695
Teaching K-8 Science and Engineering 3 X

GED 699
Capstone Seminar 3

X

T

Spring 2016 Course Schedule - Starts week of January 18

Course Code                                      Course Name and Credits   Instructor(s) / Room Day/Time
GED 511 Fundamentals of Curriculum (3 cr.) John Barone/JEM 378   Wednesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 516 Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future (3 cr.) Jenny Stearns/STE 321

Monday
5:00-7:30pm

GED 528

K-8 Curriculum, Assessment and Management (4 cr.)

Anne Tewksbury-Frye/STE 307
Wednesday
4:30pm-7:45pm
GED 529 Personalized Learning (3 cr.)  Don Taylor/
STE 309
Thursday
5:00-7:30pm 
GED 534 Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention in Reading (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: GED 606 Literacy Development and Instruction(PreK-8)
Kristin Gehsmann/
STE 332
5:00pm-7:45pm
GED 544  Mindfulness Education: Cultivating Caring, Attention, Awareness & Self-Regulation (3 cr.)  Aostre Johnson/
STE 321 
Wednesday
5:00-7:30pm 
GED 547 Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment (4 cr.) Heather Baron/STE 321 Thursday
4:30pm-8:00pm
GED 555 Student Teaching Seminary (3 cr.)
Take with GED 550 Student Teaching Internship  (6 cr.), by approval
Kristin Gehsmann/STE 305 Tuesday
3:45pm-5:45pm
GED 567 Legal and Financial Management of Schools (4 cr.) Bob Mason & Christopher Leopold/STE 307 Monday
4:30pm-8:00pm 
GED 580 Approaches to Teaching (3 cr.)
Held at Colchester High School, 125 Laker Lane, Room 103 with observations from 12:50-2:20 pm.  
Katie Lenox/Tara Sharkey
(Colchester High School, Rm. 103) 
Tuesday
3:00pm-5:30pm
 
GED 581 Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges (3 cr.) Rich Reid/
JEM 290
Tuesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 596 Digital Media: Imagine the Possibilities  (3 cr.) Michelle Saffron/JEM 288 Tuesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 613 Mathematics in a K-8 Classroom (3 cr.) Karen Garrett Lehning/
STE 309
Tuesday
5:00-7:30pm

GED 621
 

Supervision, Evaluation & Teacher Development (3 cr.) (Held in McCarthy Arts Center, 2nd floor, room 221) Laurie Singer/MAC 221
Thursday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 623 Ceramics for Educators (3 cr.) There is a $175.00 materials fee due at registration.  Students will be responsible to pay BCA for their purchase of clay and any other materials used.  Held at Burlington City Arts, Main Street, Burlington. Jeremy Ayers/BCA Monday
5:00pm-7:30pm 
GED 633 Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education (3 cr.) MeaganRoy/
STE 307
Thursday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 635

Middle Grades - Organizational Strand (3 cr.)Cross-listed with ED-450)
Technology for course:  Students will need to have a laptop/iPad.  If you are unable to secure one, contact the instructor, lhalman@etsd.org

Lindsey Halman/STE 309
Wednesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 644

Approaches to Teaching Students with Special Needs (2 cr.)

Dates: January 19-March 22.  Usually taken with GED 645.
Mary Beth Doyle/JEM 281 Tuesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 645

Assistive Technology: Creating Access (1 cr.)

Dates:  March 29-April 26.   Usually taken with GED 644.

Mary Beth Doyle/JEM 281 Tuesday
5:00pm-7:30pm
GED 662

Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 2 (4 cr.) (Every other Wednesday starting January 20th)

(Prerequisite: GED 661 Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 1)
Karen Donovan/
STE 209
Wednesday
4:00pm-6:15pm
GED 699

Capstone Seminar (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: GED 558 Educator as Researcher; approved Research proposal by GED 558 Instructor; IRB Letter of Approval; and completed data collection of research project.

James Nagle/STE 321 Tuesday
5:00pm-7:30pm

GED-Spring2016CourseDescriptions 

Summer 2016 Graduate Education Courses

Courses offered, dates, and times subject to change.  Summer registration opens February 1st for accepted students and February 29th for everyone .  Paper registration form found under "Academic Forms". DESCRIPTIONS below list of courses.

GED 508 Success for all Students (3)  Glenn Patterson and Andrea Griffin M-TH  July 11-14
July 18-21
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
GED 510  Becoming a Literacy Leader: Tools and Strategies for Success (3)

Prerequisite: at least 6 credits in literacy-related coursework at the graduate level.
Gayle Moskowitz 

T-Th
May 18 & June 1
5:00-8:00 pm
July 19-21 and July 26-28
8:00 am - 1:15 pm
GED 520 Child and Adolescent Development (3) 

 
Janet Stearns M,W

M-F

M-Th
July 25 and 27
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
August 1 - 5
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
August 8-11
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
GED 526A Nourishing the Inner Life: Mindfulness, Resilience, and Well-Being for Educators (3) Sam Crowell
M-F
 
June 20 - 30
8:30 am - 12:45 pm
GED 526B Dsylexia: Perspectives on Identification, Intervention and Collaboration (1)  Fran Toomey  Th  June 30 - July 28
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
GED 526C Effective ELL Instruction for the K-8 Classroom Teacher (3) Matt Hajdun  M-Th  June 20-23 and
July 11-14
8:00 am - 12:45 pm
GED 535 Children's Literature: Author and Illustrator Studies (3) Anita Silvey M-Th
F
July 11-14
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
August 12
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
GED 558 Educator as Researcher (3) 
Approval by Instructor needed.  Paper registration only.

 
James Nagle T May 17 - July 12
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Meeting: TBA
GED 595 Launching & Developing a Writers' Workshop in the Elementary Grades (3) Libby Bonesteel M-F
M-W
July 25 - 29
August 1 -3
9:00 am - 1:45 pm
GED 607 Literacy Instruction for Readers Who Struggle (3) David Mendenhall M-F June 27 - July 8
8:00 am - 12:15 pm
GED 618 From Assessment to Action: Using Data to Improve Schools (3)  Dan French

M-F

 

   

July 18-29
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

GED 631 Development, Learning, Behavior & Individual Differences (3)

 
TBD M & W May 16 - June 22
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 
GED 635 Middle Grades Summer Institute (3) 
(Please pick one strand; first 4 are for middle level endorsement.  See list under descriptions).  Contact James Nagle, jnagle2@smcvt.edu, or visit www.middlegradescollaborative.com.  Must register through MGI.
Staff M-F

At Castleton University
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Follow-up conference in January, 2017 at UVM - Davis Center

GED 641 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 (3) Cathy Quinn T June 14 - August 9
4:00 pm - 8:15 pm
GED 643 Instruction of Students with Learning Challenges in the Area of Language Arts: Elementary Level (3)
Held at St. Francis School, Winooski.
TBD M-F

July 11– 29
8:30 am - 11:30 am
At St. Francis School - Winooski

GED 651  Hands On! Learning in and through the Visual Arts (3) 
A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.
Ann Joppe-Mercure  T-F 
M-F
June 21-24
June 27-30
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
GED 668  Administration and Interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson IV (3)

 
Rich Reid      M-F 

August 1-5
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
One follow-up Saturday in October, 2016.

GED 673A  The Art of the Book (3)
A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration. 
Ann Joppe-Mercure  T-F 
M-F
 July 5 - 8
July 11 - 15
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
GED 675
Educator as Artist: Personalized Learning, Teaching, & Engaging in the Artistic Process (3)
A $10.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.
Julian Bradshaw
Sat
T & Th
June 4, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
June 28 - July 21
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
GED 684 School and Community (3)


Valerie Gardner

M-F

June 20 - July 1
8:00 am - 12:15 pm

GED 688 School Leadership Practicum for: Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Special Education - Part 1 (2)
Full year practicum - 2 credits per semester, must be taken in sequential order.  Paper registration form required, approval by instructor needed.  See description below.
 Valerie Gardner W May 25, June 1
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
(August meeting will be scheduled later)
GED 695 Teaching K-8 Science and Engineering (3)
A $25.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.
Colleen Cowell  M-F June 27- July 8
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
GED 699 Capstone Seminar (3)

Needs Instructor Approval.  Prerequisite: Research proposal approved by GED 558 Educator as Researcher instructor, an IRB approval letter and all data collected an recorded.

 
Claudine Bedell W



 
June 1, 8, 15
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, (Th) July 21
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

(20th & 21st are presentation days)

GED 508A Success for All Students (3cr.)
Instructors:  Glenn Patterson and Andrea Griffin
M-Th: July 11-21, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

This course is designed for general educators, special educators, social workers, and other adults supporting students who struggle in school. Participants will create strategic plans, lessons, and learning opportunities for individual students in regular education settings. The course will focus on: effective strategies for keeping struggling students engaged in learning, systems to keep students in classrooms which include safety and transition plans; and ways to involve parents and families in the learning process.  Together we will explore the best approaches for working with students who have a variety of needs including students with ADHD, ASD, emotional disturbance, who display oppositional behaviors, and students who have experienced trauma.  Assignments will include daily reflections and journal entries.  The culminating project is a written student success plan focusing on a past, current, or incoming student.  It will include a short presentation. 

GED 510 Becoming a Literacy Leader: Tools and Strategies for Success (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Gayle Moskowitz
Wednesdays, May 18 and June 1, 5:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21 and July 26-28, 8:00 am – 1:15 pm
This interactive and student-centered course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead improvements in literacy instruction and student achievement in their schools or districts. Various models of literacy leadership, professional development, literacy instruction and literacy intervention will be examined. It is strongly recommended that students be currently working in a school in order to fulfill the project requirement for this class. This course is highly recommended for students in the M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. Reading Concentrations.  It is open to all graduate education students interested in leading improvements in literacy instruction and intervention.  Prerequisites: At least 6 credits in literacy-related coursework at the graduate level.

GED 520 Child and Adolescent Development (3cr.)
Instructor: Jenny Stearns
M, W: July 25, 27, 5:00-7:30 pm
M-F, August 1-5, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
M-Th, August 8-11, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
This course provides an analysis of developmental theories for school-age children and adolescents.  Students will examine specifics of cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical development.  Stages and theories will be reviewed from an interdisciplinary perspective and related to implications for learning.

GED 526A Nourishing the Inner Life: Mindfulness, Resilience, and Well-Being for Educators (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Sam Crowell
M-F, June 20-30, 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
This course recognizes the pressures and stresses that are part of the everyday lives of educators.  It affirms that when teachers and administrators nurture their own lives, there is a positive difference in their professional lives as well. Using research from the neurosciences, various contemplative practices, and recent research based on the science of happiness, the course will guide students to a more conscious approach to living, as well as to relationships and teaching in educational settings. The course is relevant for all educators at all levels.

GED 526B Dyslexia: Perspectives on Identification, Intervention and Collaboration (1 cr.)
Instructor:  Fran Toomey
Thursdays, June 30 – July 28, 5:00 pm -7:30 pm
This course is designed to provide participants with a broad orientation to dyslexia, considering the views of students, parents, teachers and special educators.  The course will address issues of definition, identification, assessment and eligibility for Special Education.  Instruction at Tires 1, 2 and 3 will be the main focus.  Students will have the opportunity to compare instructional approaches, develop criteria for choosing an approach, and plan an intervention for students at a specific level. 

GED526C Effective ELL Instruction for the K-8 Classroom Teacher (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Matt Hajdun
Monday-Thursday, June 20-23 and July 11-14 from 8:00 am – 12:45 pm
The majority of US classrooms now include English Language Learners whose language acquisition is the responsibility of the classroom teacher.  In this course specially designed for K-8 classroom teachers, participants will explore the guiding principles of language acquisition and learn specific research-based strategies for working with English Language Learners in literacy and the content areas. The course will focus on approaches to increase student engagement and scaffold language development, including general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary.  In a summative project, students will modify a unit plan of their choice to meet the needs of language learners at three distinct levels of language proficiency. Students will learn practical, research-based strategies that support learning for all students in their classrooms, and are essential for English Language Learners.

GED 535 Children’s Literature: Author and Illustrator Study (3cr.)
Instructor:  Anita Silvey
Monday-Thursday:  July 11-14, and August 12, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
After the instructor presents the components of a successful picture book, seven author-illustrators will be traced from their first book to their final work -- Virginia Lee Burton, James Marshall, Ezra Jack Keats, Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, David Wiesner, and Laura Vacarro Seeger. Class members will read and evaluate the works of these creators and in the final class present an author study. Drawing on forty years of experience in publishing and reviewing books, Anita Silvey will model different approaches to author units and help each student execute a final project that can be used in the classroom or library.

GED 558 Educator as Researcher (3cr.)
Instructor:  James Nagle
First Meeting TBA
Tuesdays, May 17 – July 12, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This course introduces educators to the world of educational research so that they will be able to read qualitative and quantitative studies intelligently, and design and conduct teacher action research projects. The overall purpose of this course is to prepare educators to use educational research methods as investigative tools to address educational issues. Beginning with an overview of the epistemological assumptions behind different kinds of research approaches, the course will explore various types of research methods. Educators will develop skills in research design, data collection and analysis to create a research proposal for their capstone project. Required writing assessment for Candidacy included in course. Registration requires approval by instructor.

GED 595 Launching & Developing a Writers’ Workshop in the Elementary Grades (3cr.)
Instructor:  Libby Bonesteel
M-F July 25-29
W-F August 1-3, 9:00 am – 1:45 pm
This course explores the components of writing workshop in the elementary grades (K-6). Participants focus on the structures on workshop teaching; learning the continuum of strategies writers draw from and how to teach those within a conference or small group; planning at the unit, whole group, small group, and individual levels; giving productive feedback to students; and changing our mindsets to support the most challenged writers. Participants will be designing a unit of study to put in action in their classrooms. The Common Core will be studied as a document that centers the work within the writing workshop. TEXTS: The Writing WorkshopWorking Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts), Katie Wood Ray w/ Lester Laminack, 2001 by National Council of Teachers of English and Seft-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in the Writing Workshop 2013 by Leah Mermelstein.

GED 607 Literacy Instruction for Adolescent Readers Who Struggle (3 cr.)
Instructor:  David Mendenhall
M-F, June 27 – July 8, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
The What Works Clearinghouse, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English have all examined research on effective classroom and intervention practices for struggling adolescents. This course is designed to build on this knowledge base as we explore ways to assess and adjust literacy instruction to the strengths and needs of adolescent students.

GED 618 From Assessment to Action: Using Data to Transform Schools (3cr.)
Instructor:  Dan French
Dates:  July 18-29, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This course will provide students with an understanding of the cultural shifts inherent in schools evolving from NCLB legislation and the increased focus on monitoring student learning.  Students will develop the necessary understandings and tools to make connections between Vermont’s grade expectations, the Common Core, local curriculum and formative and summative assessment of student learning.  Students will explore ways to use state and local student assessment data to make decisions about instruction, professional development and school/supervisory union based action planning.  Students will develop an understanding of curriculum in the context of standards, assessment, instruction and student learning.  Students will need access to school assessment data that will be used throughout the course. Students without a teacher license require instructor approval The course syllabus and reading material will be sent to participants prior to the beginning of the course.  Access to some element of student performance data (class, grade, school-wide) required or otherwise arranged with instructor prior to initial class).

GED 631 Development, Learning, Behavior and Individual Differences (3cr.)
Instructor: TBA
Mondays and Wednesdays, May 16 – June 22, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
This course examines cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social development from birth through early adulthood, considering how development impacts learning at all stages.  Students examine how educational learning theory relates to cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social development. In addition to a comprehensive review of developmental and learning literature, each student has the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning by selecting a relevant topic and creating a project that is either student-based or curriculum-based.   Students will have the second to the last week free of class meetings to work on their selected projects to present the last week.

GED 635 Middle Grades Summer Institute (3cr.)
Must register through Middle Grades Collaborative, see below.
Monday – Friday, June 27-July 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Institute will be at Castleton University.
Follow up conference is January, 2017. To be held at Davis Center, University of Vermont. 

Please pick one strand (first 4 are for middle level endorsement):

GED 635A:  Middle Grades Organization
GED 635B:  Middle Grades Curriculum   
GED 635C:  Embedded Literacy in Middle Grades
GED 635D:  Brain Based Education for Young Adolescents
GED 635E:  Middle School is Not a Building
GED 635F:  Middle Grades Learners and Technology
GED 635K:  Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades    
GED 635L:  Flexible Pathways for the Middle Grades

Participants select one of the above courses. The first four courses can be credited toward a middle level endorsement. Individuals and teams of teachers seeking further professional development in middle grades philosophy and practice are encouraged to enroll in Middle School in Not a Building, Middle Grades Learners and TechnologyPersonalized Learning in the Middle Grades or Flexible Pathways for the Middle Grades.

For registration and information please contact James Nagle at Saint Michael's College, jnagle2@smcvt.edu or visit www.middlegradescollaborative.org.

Costs for the Institute are: $1,300 for non-credit; and $1,800 for credit. Tuition includes room and board, but residency is not required. Checks and money orders are payable to the Middle Grades Collaborative, 227 Leap Frog Hollow, Montpelier, VT 05602.

GED 641 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 (3cr.)
Instructor:  Cathy Quinn
Tuesdays, June 14 – August 9; 4:00 PM – 8:15 PM
In this course participants will learn how to teach and accommodate students with disabilities in any regular classroom.  Basic special education history and laws will be examined.  Participants will explore the complex nature of serving students with special needs and discover specific strategies for making inclusion work.  Participants will be responsible for finding a student to tutor for 2 hours per week to complete a case study as a part of the course requirements. 

GED 643 Instruction of Students with Learning Challenges in the Area of Language Arts: Elementary Level (3cr.)
Instructors: TBD
Monday - Friday, July 11 – July 29, 8:30am-11:30am
Held at St. Francis School, Winooski
This course provides an in-depth study of sound instructional practices and materials to use with unsuccessful learners based on an analysis of the learner’s strengths and weaknesses in the area of reading and written language.  Methods used to teach reading, spelling, study and writing skills are covered.  The emphasis is on working with students in elementary schools.  Course times include practicum experience.

GED 651 Hands On! Learning in and through the Visual Arts (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Ann Joppe-Mercure
Tuesday-Friday, June 21--30, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Classroom teachers and arts teachers are invited to explore and celebrate the power of the visual arts.  Through hands-on activities participants will experience art making in a variety of mediums while learning how to design integrated standards-based lessons with authentic assessment. Students will make connections to interdisciplinary themes, 21st century learning goals and the Common Core.  With guidance and support, participants will work on technique and vision.  Projects will be applicable to both the classroom and to one's growth and enrichment as an artist.   A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.

GED 668 Administration and Interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson IV (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Rich Reid
Monday-Friday, August 1 – 5, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. 
Follow-up: one Saturday in October 2016
The Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery - Fourth Edition (WJ-IV) is a wide-range, comprehensive set of individually administered tests for measuring cognitive abilities, academic achievement, and oral language development.  The WJ-IV has been updated to reflect the contemporary research on cognitive abilities, to increase utility relative to determining special education eligibility, to provide greater diagnostic capabilities to inform instruction, and to reflect the research regarding language development and overall academic achievement.  Through participation in this course, participants will learn about the tests, factors, and scoring options that result from the administration of this test battery.  Students will also learn to administer, score, and interpret the WJ-IV.  Classroom discussions, demonstrations, and activities will be supplemented by three complete administrations of the battery.  Students who successfully complete this course will have met the training criteria recommended by the authors and publisher of the WJ-IV.  The course will also include a discussion of a variety of essential related topics such as Vermont's special education eligibility criteria as they relate to tests and scoring options.  The WJ-IV will also be thoroughly examined in regard to its use within Responsiveness to Intervention (RtI) model of student support. 

GED 673A The Art of the Book (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Ann Joppe-Mercure
Monday-Friday, July 5-15 (no class 7/4), 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Educators and students are invited to explore and create in this studio course addressing the art of the book. Participants will experiment with forms, structures, materials, and concepts as we investigate the limitless possibilities of the Book.  By surveying the historical need to record and contain knowledge and by examining the work of contemporary book artist students will gain a foundation for their own creative expression of ideas and meaning.  Students will make a working portfolio of paper treatments, book models and altered structures then create their own individual art books.  

The class will be a working model of a 21st century collaborative community supporting the creative process through practice, constructive criticism, reflecting, and refining technique.  The Common Core anchor standards of Craft and Structure and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas will be addressed.

No previous bookmaking or art experience required.  Students who have previously taken GED 671 The Art of Bookmaking and/or GED 673 Science, Art and Bookmaking: Making Connections, are welcome in this class. A $50.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.

GED 675 Educator as Artist: Personalized Learning, Teaching, and Engaging in the Artistic Process (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Julian Bradshaw
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 28 – July 21, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you have a creative passion that is untapped or an artistic avenue you haven’t had the courage to explore yet?  Are you interested in discovering how personalized learning can help you structure your creative process and subsequently help when structuring the learning plans for your students? This immersive course is designed for educators from any discipline and grade level seeking an opportunity to explore how differentiated, individualized and personalized instruction can fuel student interest and engagement.  Together we will model how to build an interactive and supportive learning environment that personalizes investigation in visual art, dance, poetry, music, theater, creative writing, or multimedia. From individualized projects to student-led critiques, peer mentoring to developing e-portfolios, the focus will be on creating personalized learning strategies for the classroom while reigniting your own artistic passion in an area of your choice.  This course is designed for both those who wish to begin again with their artistic journey and those who have experience with art making.   A $10.00 materials fee is required and due at registration. 

GED 684 School and Community (3cr.)
Instructor: Valerie Gardner
June 20 – July 1, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
This course introduces current and prospective educators and administrators to the ever changing, but closely coupled, relationship between school and community.  Emphasis will be placed on how the community informs what happens in schools, and how the schools, in turn, influence the community. The course will also look closely at the role played by economic, political and social forces.

GED 688 School Leadership Practicum

            Part I   (Summer) (2 Credits)

            Part II (Fall) (2 Credits)

            Part III (Spring) (2 Credits)

This course is designed for students in School Leadership (Principal, Director of Special Education, and Director of Curriculum) who are seeking endorsements from the Agency of Education.   The course includes a 300-hour internship, completion of a professional portfolio, and additional study in the areas of leadership. The course is broken into 3 parts and requires a Full Year commitment.   Student will be expected to complete internship hours during the summer. Students will enroll in each part when the semester registration opens.  They must be taken in sequence during one academic year.

Students will receive grades of Pass/Fail for Part I and Part II.  A final grade will be given for Part III.

Instructor:  Valerie Gardner

Part I Schedule

            May 25 – 5:00 – 7:30 PM

June 1st, 5:00-7:30 PM

August meeting to be scheduled

Part II and III

(monthly classes after for full year, dates will be given at the June meeting)

Registration requires approval by instructor.


GED 695 Teaching K-8 Science and Engineering (3cr.)
Instructor: Colleen Cowell
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 8, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This course is designed to explore the many facets of teaching science and engineering at the K-8 levels. Course participants will explore Inquiry-Centered Science and Engineering concepts and skills through a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities.  Course topics will include an exploration of the New Generation Science Standards as well as State and local science and engineering standards, instructional resource materials, selected science and engineering programs, the application of technology in science and engineering education as well as ways students construct a meaningful understanding of science and engineering concepts. A $25.00 materials fee is required and due at registration.

GED 699 Capstone Seminar (3cr.)
Instructor: Claudine Bedell
Wednesdays:  June 1, 8, 15; 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wednesdays:  June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and Thursday July 21; 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
This course supports students as they complete the M.Ed. program. Before taking GED 699, students will need to have taken GED 558: Educator as Research, will need to have written their Research Proposal, and will need to have been granted Institution Review Board (IRB) approval for their research. Students will have taken a semester off to collect and record their research and will come to GED 699 prepared to analyze their data and finish the other components of their Capstone research paper. Students will also prepare and perform their final presentation demonstrating their in-depth understanding of their research topic. Research and writing skills, critique and reflection, and expressive presentations are included.

Note: GED 558 and GED 699 are required for the Masters in Education.

Prerequisites:
A research proposal approved by GED 558: Educator as Researcher instructor, an IRB approval letter, and all data collected and recorded. If any part of the prerequisite is not met, please contact the instructor of the course.


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