Adapting Units of Study for Special Education/IEP Institute

Please note there are separate applications and dates for Grades K-3 and Grades 3-8.

Grades K-2: Wednesday, January 10 - Friday, January 12, 2018

Grades 3-8: Wednesday, January 17 - Friday, January 19, 2018

Featuring: Colleen Cruz, Cornelius Minor, Dominique Freda, Jennifer DeSutter, Celena Larkey with David Rose (K-3 Institute) and Mary Howard (3-8 Institute)

One of the great joys and challenges of teaching a diverse group of learners is that in order to reach every student, the teacher must figure out how to maximize student independence, while keeping in mind each child’s individual learning needs as well as the demands of that grade’s curriculum. This institute is designed to address those joys and challenges as they apply to the Units of Study series.

During this institute, you will get the opportunity to dig more deeply into the workshop model in order to take advantage of every component that can help you best facilitate student growth. We will discuss the specific ways the reading and writing Units of Study series offers multiple entry points and organically differentiate instruction and align with Universal Design for Learning.

You will get an opportunity to take a closer look at the new Up The Ladder series alongside the more familiar Units of Study for your grade level and develop ways to use materials from both series in order to best meet the current needs of your students. You will also learn quick and easy ways to refine these tools and even create new ones that can be tailored to your students, while providing them access to grade level curriculum. And because we understand that every classroom has a wide range of learners with a huge continuum of strengths and obstacles, the presenters will pay particular attention to techniques and methods designed to make workshop time more accessible and challenging.

You will also have an opportunity to study unit flow alongside Unit of Study series authors, and to think about ways small groups and conferences incorporate need-based strategies. You will also learn efficient ways to create cohesive, individualized plans for each learner that keep IEP goals and service provider’s schedules and areas of expertise in mind. Looking across a whole child’s needs, whether they are in the realm of language production, memory, processing, emotional development or something else, and then trying to balance those needs with the very real need to develop strong reading and writing skills, can be daunting. This institute aims to leave you with armfuls of strategies, tools, plans and ideas to fuel your literacy work with students for the rest of the year and in the years to come.


$650/ $600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY

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Featured Speaker:
Mary Howard, author of a forthcoming book on RTI instruction, provides expert help to classroom teachers, intervention teachers, service providers, administrators, and RTI supervisors in the quest to design student-centered RTI models.

David Rose is co-founder of CAST, the organization responsible for developing Universal Design for Learning, a framework that has revolutionized countless teachers’ practices as they aim to offer access to all students. He is the co-author or editor of several books, including Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice, and Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning.