Title

Accommodations and Modifications to Support the Learning Environment of Diverse Learners

Focused Area

Improving School Climate for Youth-At-Risk

Relevance to Focused Area

This session will provide specific examples of modifications and accommodations to be utilized in the classroom in effort to address deficiencies or improve the opportunity for academic success.

Primary Strand

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance to Primary Strand

This session will connect to the strands by sharing strategies whereas educators can adjust the instructional approach to meet the educational needs of diverse student populations.

Brief Program Description

With the use of modifications and accommodations, this session will help the practicing educator establish a classroom conducive to instructional flexibility, differing learning styles, and accountability. These strategies are not just beneficial for the diverse population, but will establish a strong learning environment for all learners. In many university classrooms, time does not always allow opportunity to distinguish between accommodations and modifications. Not only will the participants learn the difference between the two, but specific examples of each will be provided.

Summary

The participants will take home a minimum of 50 accommodations/modifications to use with diverse populations. With the use of modifications and accommodations, this session will help the practicing educator establish a classroom conducive to flexibility and accountability. In many university classrooms, time does not always allow opportunity to distinguish between accommodations and modifications. Not only will the participants learn the difference between the two, but specific examples of each will be provided.

Evidence

The accommodations and modifications provided have been field tested by student teachers under the supervision of their cooperative teachers. Each of the practices has proven successful.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Joshua O. Sanders is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and Tuskegee University. In 2007, Mr. Sanders received his first assignment with Tucson School District One located in Tucson, Arizona and remains employed with the district with the African American Student Services department as an Academic Specialist. Previously, he has worked within the Native American Student Services department as a Tutor Advisor. Mr. Sanders has previously presented at the National Youth-at-Risk Conference. At the 2013 “Bullytics” poster co-presentation, Mr. Sanders received second place in the NYAR poster session presentation. In 2014, he was a featured speaker at the NYAR conference. Currently, Mr. Sanders is Recruitment, Retention, Marketing and Student Services Coordinator for PPEP Tec.

Anita D. Sanders is a graduate of South Carolina State University, Fayetteville State University, and North Carolina Central University. She has made numerous presentations at NYAR, ASCD, SCSCA, PDS, and Keeping Learning Alive conferences. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Education and has been employed by numerous school systems to include Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Cumberland County Schools. Her positions include NCDPI NCTC Coach, University of Phoenix instructor, Gaston College JobsNOW Coordinator, Gardner-Webb University Assistant Professor, Barber-Scotia Assistant Professor of Education, Winthrop University Community Service Learning Coordinator and Professional Development Schools Coordinator, and numerous years as a public school teacher and administrator.

Start Date

11-5-2015 5:45 PM

End Date

11-5-2015 6:45 PM

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Accommodations and Modifications to Support the Learning Environment of Diverse Learners

With the use of modifications and accommodations, this session will help the practicing educator establish a classroom conducive to instructional flexibility, differing learning styles, and accountability. These strategies are not just beneficial for the diverse population, but will establish a strong learning environment for all learners. In many university classrooms, time does not always allow opportunity to distinguish between accommodations and modifications. Not only will the participants learn the difference between the two, but specific examples of each will be provided.