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Tech Thursdays Improving Teacher Candidates Knowledge and Skills: English Language Learners in Special Education Jennifer Samson September 16 th, 2010.

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1 Tech Thursdays Improving Teacher Candidates Knowledge and Skills: English Language Learners in Special Education Jennifer Samson September 16 th, 2010

2 Hunter School of Education End of Program Survey Data Of 23 survey items, the lowest rated items were associated with working with English language learners (43%) collaborating with students families (49%) working with students with special needs (50%)

3 Hunter School of Education End of Program Survey Data A TESOL candidate stated, I also strongly feel that a full semester (at least) should be devoted to the study of disabilities, not just a month. Considering that the number of students with disabilities is rapidly increasing in today's classroom, this should be considered mandatory.

4 An English education candidate stated, I do think that the program would benefit greatly from more instruction on teaching students with special needs and second-language learners. Teachers don't have to be licensed in special ed or ESL to find themselves teaching students with specific needs, and all teachers should be prepared to serve them. Hunter School of Education End of Program Survey Data

5 FITT Grant 2010 SPED 704 is a required course in the Learning Disability Program that is designed to provide teacher candidates with knowledge and skills to work with students identified as ELL, SE, or ELLSE. Currently, it is offered as a one credit course and does not have a fieldwork component. This project was designed to improve teaching and learning through the use of video case study assignments.

6 Technology Tools Digital Video Recorders Frankfort Digital Video Project: Analysis of Teaching Blackboard IMovie Quicktime Pro Jing

7 Student Video Case Studies

8 Parent Video Case Studies

9 SPED 704 Course Overview Week 1 History & Legislation Review of Research Assessment & Identification Week 2 Literacy Development Strategies Content Area Strategies Family/Social Context

10 10 Knowledge Domains Literacy Development Language Acquisition English Language Learners in Special Education English Language Learners in Special Education Disability Second Language Acquisition Child Development, Culture, Family Background, Economics

11 Lessons Learned & Next Steps Create more case studies that include child/parent/teacher videos for more comprehensive case studies. Provide more specific guidance for teacher prompts. Conduct research to assess the effect of video case studies on teacher candidates knowledge and skills related to ELLSE.

12 Mentors/Collaborators Shiao-Chuan Kung Keri Dugan Laura Baecher Anne Ediger Elsa Gutierrez & staff Thanks!


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