Special Needs Learning in the International School - TTC 110 (joint with TLI & CTC)


International schools often enroll students who need more support than the standard curriculum can offer. Many of these schools do not have the resources or the specialized personnel that national systems may offer and struggle with how to best meet the needs of these learners.

It is essential that classroom teachers in the international school have a robust repertoire of strategies to identify and address students’ needs, respond to cultural differences, as well as to parental expectations. Learning for those with special needs can be optimized through developing professional working relationships to diagnose needs, assess progress and select effective instructional strategies and interventions – including for those who need to be stretched and challenged academically.

This course is designed to help classroom teachers and specialists address the needs of students with identified, or previously unidentified, learning needs.

Participants will:

  • Learn to identify individual student learning needs and develop strategies to optimize learning for that student, as well as how to apply those same strategies for other students

  • Practice with tools for working with parents of special needs students

  • Develop strategies for planning and classroom management which incorporate special needs learners

  • Design and practice using assessments for special needs students (diagnostic, formative and summative)

  • Develop concrete plans for implementation of assessment, management and instructional strategies within the mainstream classroom

  • Explore the role of class community and emotion and perception in learning and what that looks like in the classroom

THIS COURSE IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 'NEXT FRONTIER INCLUSION' CERTIFICATE IN INCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.nextfrontierinclusion.org/ or contact Ochan Kusuma-Powell at Nextfrontierinclusion@gmail.com

Web and print resources for this course.