inclusion.gifEEC 560: Managing Inclusive Environments
Fall 2012

Meeting Days: Fridays
Dates: August 31st - December 14th
Time: 4:30-6:20pm
Room: Harvey Hall / Room 102
Instructor: Whittney Smith, Ed.D.
Phone/email: (516) 237-2650; email:;
Office Hours: By appointment; 516-237-2650

Course Readings
Lavoie, Richard. (2007). The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child.
Gruwell, Erin. (2009). Teaching Hope or The Freedom Writers Diary
Articles & selected Case Studies to be provided by the instructor.


Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Effective and Reflective Practices (6th Edition) by Spencer Salend

How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classroomsby Marilyn Friend

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Differentiated Instruction and Achieve Success with All Learners (Scholastic Teaching Strategies) by Judith Dodge

Part 200 and Part 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (New York)

Co-Teach! A handbook for creating and sustaining classroom partnerships in inclusive schools by Marilyn Friend

What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things that Matter Most by Todd Whitaker

Course Outline

Session 1: Introduction to the course (8/31)

Session 2: Understanding Inclusion (9/7)

Session 3: Inclusive Environments (9/14)

Session 4: Meeting the Needs of All Students (9/21)

Session 5: Meeting the Needs of All Students Continued (9/28)

Assignment: IEP Analysis Due

Session 6: Inclusive Environments Continued (10/5)

Interview is due

Session 7: Response to Intervention (10/12)

Session 8: Book Talk (10/19)

Session 9: Technology (10/26)

Session 10: Co-Teachers: Lesson Planning & other topics (11/2)

Session 11: Integral Members of the Team (11/9)

  • Understanding family concerns and needs; analysis of resistance issues
  • Overview of cultural issues roles and responsibilities of related services professionals
  • Roles, responsibilities and supervision of paraprofessionals / teacher aides
  • Working with General Education
  • Working with Administration

Session 12: Book Talk (11/16)

Session 13: Mindset (11/30)

  • Special Guest Presenter: Jennifer Maichin, Special Education Teacher
  • Fixed vs. Growth
  • Essential Questions: How can mindset motivate our students and help them improve in school? How does mindset help us reach our own goals -- personal and professional?
  • Mindset Survey
  • Mindset.ppt

Session 14: Evaluating Individual and Program Progress (12/7)

Field Observations due! --- 5 Blog Entries & Signed Paperwork

Session 15: The End… the beginning! (12/14)


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