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Middle Level Teacher Education: Mid Grades Instruct & Assessmn

EDML 200 SW2 (CRN: 60210)

3 Credit Hours

About EDML 200 SW2

This course guides educators in enhancing learning opportunities for middle level students through the use of readily available technology. Participants examine research and use technology in a collaborative and supported environment. They learn to identify opportunities for effective technology use, manage technology rich learning, and embed technology in responsive middle grades practice. Participants create and implement technology-enhanced solutions to support team teaching, an inclusive classroom culture, engaging instructional methods, and integrated learning.


Dates: June 24 - July 5, 2019; Institute attendance: June 24 -June 28, 2019; 8 AM - 5:30 PM Post work: July 1 - July 5, 2019; Location: Champlain College; Students should contact the Middle Grades Collaborative before registering at or 802-654-2636, Title: Middle Grades Instruction & Assessment

Section Description

This summer, this course is being offered through the annual Middle Grades Institute. The theme for the Institute will be Advancing Equity in the Middle Grades, in light of the education reforms of Act 77 - personalized learning, proficiency based education, and flexible pathways. During the week, participants will attend sessions held specifically for their pathway, as well as sessions held for all institute participants. Small group discussions, one-on-one consultations, special events, and visiting teams and students, round out the opportunities. Every effort is made to model best middle level practice throughout the institute. Participants in the Middle Grades Instruction and Assessment strand will work toward learning targets specific to earning the Vermont middle grades endorsement. For more information, please visit

Section Expectation

By collaborating with colleagues to understand and assess proficiency, participants will develop strategies and use technologies to assist students in personalized learning to engage all students using a student-centered pedagogy that includes anytime, anywhere learning and multiple pathways for student success. VT AOE MG Endorsement Competencies: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2 4.1. Instructional Strategies Use instructional strategies and technologies to help students identify, set, and achieve personalized learning goals and engage in personalized, proficiency-based learning that address local and global issues. 4.2. Assessment and Data-informed Instruction Collaborate with each other and with students to define proficiency, measure students’ learning, accordingly adjust instruction, and assist students in progressing toward achieving proficiency. 4.3. Engagement Motivate and engage all students and facilitate their learning through the establishment of equitable, caring, and safe learning environments and developmentally responsive materials and resources. 4.4 Student-Centered Adopt a student-centered pedagogy that includes anytime, anywhere learning and provides multiple pathways for students to demonstrate proficiency including portfolios, performances, exhibitions, and projects. 5.4 Systems of Support Understand systems of support to promote personalized learning, access technology for diverse family needs, and employ technology to enhance communication, collaboration among themselves, students and families.


Strand Readings • Evidence of completion through; references during class discussions, inclusion in team simulation project, and integration into action research proposal. Participation • Daily attendance, active involvement in team simulation project, and willing contributor to class discussions. Action Research Proposal • What is your vision for teaching and learning in the middle years? The Middle Level Action Research Project is a proposal and implementation of change in a participant’s middle level practice. This reflects current middle level practices that are developmentally responsive to the nature and needs of young adolescents. Online Discussion • The online forum is a way for participants to continue strand conversations beyond the Institute week and help each other implement our Inquiry Projects. Regular posts and responses are recommended during the week of the Institute. Presentation • The conference presentation showcases the ins and outs of participants’ Action Research Projects. It is a day of peer learning and a celebration of the work students have done to implement Action Research Projects.




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