Differentiated Instructional Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners

Differentiated Instructional and Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners  Summer Institute            

Course Number: EDU 524 Section
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Rockville Centre  campus
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or In-Service: $495 (all 4 days); $275 

The 4-day summer institute on "Differentiated Instructional and Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners " can be taken for 3 graduate credits for all four days for $900 (Click here to register) or on a non-credit basis for $495 for 2 in-service credits (click here to register). If you do not wish to enroll in all four days, you may enroll in days three and four of the Institute (July 14 & 15) for $150 for one day (click here to register) or $275 for both days (click here to register). To receive graduate credit, you must attend the institute each day, do work outside the classroom and complete a project that is due within two weeks of the last session. In-service credit is based upon attendance alone.

The day by day outline is as follows:


Success in the classroom is the result of synergetic efforts of teaching and learning.  Assessment is a critical component of this
process.  It can be utilized as a vehicle to gauge the development of students' skills and abilities.  The information gleaned from assessments can impact the flow of teaching and learning.  Formative assessment tools can provide teachers with data on teaching and learning on any given day on any given topic.   Through the use of formative assessment tools teachers can utilize up-to-the minute information about their students' development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to classroom
content.  This information can be utilized to differentiate instruction to maximize learning in the classroom.

The first two days of this course will set the stage for two national speakers on 7/19 and 7/20.  Participants will take a critical
look back at the history of assessment, the rise of the IQ test and the controversies that followed, the use of high stakes assessments and other assessment options to measure proficiency and growth, and the opt-out movement.  Hand- on exploration of the creation and application of instructional formative assessment tools will occur followed by discussion as to how the data generated from these tools can impact instruction for diverse learners.   Participants will have a variety of strategies to work with colleagues and administration to improve the educational experiences and enhance the effectiveness of their efforts to educate all types of learners.

Effective Instructional and Assessment Practices for Inclusive Education

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Dieker

This session will provide teachers (general and special educators alike) with instructional and assessment strategies to implement teaching to the highest standards in inclusive settings while meeting the needs of students with disabilities. The workshop will focus on practical ideas to address the standards through collaborative teaching, universal design for learning, interdisciplinary collaboration and the use of technology to ensure the success of students with disabilities.

This engaging  session  will include:
·  Useful strategies to successfully support students with disabilities in general education classrooms

·  Practical techniques for establishing partnerships between general and special educators

·   User friendly resource materials for immediate use in your school and classroom related to student learning and assessment

·   Real world, relevant and practical ideas, and videotaped examples of inclusive and co-taught settings, including tools for collaboration, assessment and universal design principals.

 Specific tools across the content will be discussed as well the role of the special educator not only in using these tools but teaching students to self-advocate for their technological needs for success in reaching the highest standards possible.

Inclusive Teacher Evaluation: Collaboration & Application
Presenter: Dr. Ayanna Cooper

The goal will be for participants to engage in exercises that support conversations between teachers and their evaluators about teaching English learners. Participants will learn ways to address English language proficiency,appropriate scaffolds and assessments with the goal of improving outcomes for linguistically diverse learners.

Key activities and outcomes of the session:

  • Scenarios of English learners - present the diversity of English learners, non-monolithic group, long-term ELs, ELs with learning disabilities, Refugee ELs etc.
  • Review of teacher evaluation rubrics - to evaluate the extent to which diverse learners and appropriate teaching strategies for diverse learners are evident within teacher evaluation rubrics. Then discuss ways to work within current evaluation systems in order to be more inclusive.
  • Conversation starters / frames that support collaboration - practice conversations to support dialog between teachers and their evaluators.
  • Action Plan - Participants will create a short plan of action / application to their particular teaching context.

Please note: If you do not wish to enroll in all four days, you may enroll on a non-credit basis just for this day (July 20) for $150 (click here to register) or $275 for both Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20 (click here to register).

Graduate Credit/Non-Credit Registration Process

The application and registration process differs depending upon the type of credit that you would like to receive. Please refer to the instructions below for either graduate or non-credit (in-service) application and registration procedures.

A registration confirmation, with the classroom location will be sent upon receipt of your application and registration. If you should have any questions regarding the application or registration process, please contact Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or by e-mail at cthomas@molloy.edu.

Graduate Credit: Application and Registration Procedures

Graduate tuition for teachers taking the Summer Institute for professional development and not towards a Molloy Master's degree is a flat rate of $900 per 3-credit course (candidates who teach full time in a religious affiliated school can qualify for a 30 percent tuition reduction). Tuition for Molloy College graduate students who have been approved to take this course as part of their degree program will be charged: $1065 per credit (as of 2016), plus fees. Molloy students currently enrolled in the Professional Certification program should check with their advisor to see if this course would be applicable towards their degree requirements.

Teachers not currently enrolled at Molloy in a degree program may register for this course as a non-matriculated student. New for 2016: All registration for graduate credit will be done online. Those teachers wishing to enroll in institutes for graduate credit will be able to do so online starting on March 6, 2017 at: https://lionsden.molloy.edu/ICS/Summer_Institutes/

To view the instructions for registering for graduate credit, please click here.

Non-Credit/In-Service: Registration Procedures

Non-Credit, in-service credit tuition is $495 for all 4 days (click here to register online). If you do not wish to enroll in all four days, you may enroll in days three and four of the Institute (July 14 & 15) for $150 for one day (click here to register) or $275 for both days (click here to register). You may also register by phone by calling 516.323.3550 , or by mail or fax by downloading a Non-Credit/In-service Registration Form. Please note that students enrolled in this course on a non-credit, in-service basis cannot opt to take this course for credit once the course has begun.

General Information and Accommodations

For additional information regarding the summer institutes, please click here.

If you should need overnight accommodations or directions to the Rockville Centre campus, please click here.

If you should have any questions regarding the institute or the registration process, please contact Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or by e-mail at cthomas@molloy.edu.