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Canter and Associates, LLC

Advanced Instructional Strategies for Special Educators

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Overview / Abstract:

Canter’s first course developed for current or prospective special education teachers explores advanced research-based approaches to designing, adapting, and delivering instruction for students with special needs. Using the research-based “acquisition to generalization” framework, you’ll learn to help students acquire new learning strategies that they can apply to other curriculum areas. You’ll also deepen your understanding of differentiation, culturally responsive teaching, and other instructional approaches. You’ll directly apply your coursework by developing and implementing a support plan for one of your students.

This course requires interaction with students with special needs in order to complete some assignments.

Teaching Tangibles
Use ongoing assessments to help improve your students’ learning.
Incorporate standardized testing as part of a broader set of assessment tools.
Evaluate what comprises an effective rubric and how to build and apply one.
Help your students measure, monitor, and modify their own learning.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D.

Dr. Donald Deshler is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas and the author of the textbook Teaching Adolescents with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Methods. He was the original editor of the Councils for Learning Disabilities' journal, The Learning Disability Quarterly, and is currently on the editorial boards of several other journals in learning disabilities and special education. Dr. Deshler is the recipient of the Louise Byrd Outstanding Graduate Educator of the Year Award and the Higuchi Research Achievement Award at the University of Kansas.

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling learners and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Tomlinson is a prominent expert on the concept of differentiation and provides professional development throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other professional development materials, including the text How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms..

Carol Ann Tomlinson has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin press.

Alfred Tatum, Ph.D.

Dr. Alfred Tatum is Associate Professor at University of Illinois, Chicago whose current research focuses on the literacy development of African American adolescent males. He also provides teacher professional development to urban middle and high schools. He serves on the National Advisory Reading Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is active in a number of literacy organizations. In addition to his book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, he has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and Principal Leadership.

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