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Adapting Units of Study for Special Education/IEP Institute

Thursday, December 8 - Saturday, December 10, 2016

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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 study the workshop model in reading and writing in order to understand and take advantage of the way that every component can support students. We will discuss the ways reading and writing workshops offer multiple entry points and in this way, organically differentiate instruction while aligning with Universal Design for Learning.

You’ll be able to develop a toolkit of ways to be more responsive. As part of that, you’ll draw on the Units of Study books across the grades, looking especially at grades whose work matches the IEP goals of your students. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to experiment with tools and assessments from your existing grade-level’s Units of Study series. You will also learn quick and easy ways to refine these tools and even create new ones that can be tailored to your students’ unique needs while providing them access to grade level curriculum.

You will have an opportunity to study unit flow, and to think about ways small groups and conferences incorporate need-based strategies. As part of this, you will have an opportunity to learn how to create cohesive, individualized plans for each learner that keep IEP goals and service provider’s schedules and areas of expertise in mind, doing that within the units of study.


This institute is designed for teachers, instructional coaches and administrators who have some familiarity with the Units of Study series and have access to at least one grade specific set.


$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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