This course provides an introduction to the historical, philosophical, political, social, and educational issues that have contributed to public policy regarding services for language minority students. Historical trends and legal issues related to bilingual education in the United States will be discussed. A comprehensive focus will be placed in the theoretical foundations of English as a second language and effective instructional practices for English Language Learners in our schools.

In this course, participants will analyze the language learning processes of bilingual students and the appropriate order for learning academic basic skills in two languages. The course will focus on approaches and techniques to teach English as a second language. Participants will learn how to teach academic subject matter in and through English. A few of the instructional methods covered include Total Physical Response (TPR), the Natural Approach, the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model, and the Cognitive Language Learning Approach (CALLA). (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience).

This course will provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge foundation in the selection, administration, and interpretation of measurement instruments appropriate for English Language Learners. Participants will investigate a variety of language assessments tools used to identify, place, and monitor students receiving services in Bilingual and ESL Programs in Illinois. Emphasis will be placed on instruments and approaches used to determine and monitor ELL students’ English proficiency and academic development in English. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience).

This course will integrate the common core standards in a review of various introductory mathematics topics to build the participants’ foundational knowledge in numbers and operations. It will focus on further developing the participants’ mathematical thinking, conceptual understanding of the real and complex number systems, and link that to vector and matrix quantities, number theory and modern algebra concepts. Students will reason quantitatively, use modeling, problem-solving, and other mathematical practices to accomplish these goals.

This course will present and evaluate methods and strategies for employing technology as a regular part of instruction and assessment, including discussion of educational foundations. Students will research a relevant use of technology that could be used in their curriculum and share it with their classmates. Peer evaluation will provide helpful feedback.

This course is a continuation of the first calculus course and as such is intended to present opportunities for mathematics teacher leaders to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of calculus concepts and theory by focusing on techniques and applications. Integration and series will be emphasized. The course includes examples of instructional approaches as applied to the teaching and learning of calculus. It will focus also on solving applications of calculus in the fields of business and STEM.

The field experience is designed to connect participants to professionals in the fields of math and/or science. Professional connections will be developed with scientists and engineers and the experience will help participants connect their classroom to career exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The field experience is designed to connect participants to professionals in the fields of math and/or science. Professional connections will be developed with scientists and engineers and the experience will help participants connect their classroom to career exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

This course has the dual purpose of providing an educational research background in the STEM field as well as the quantitative knowledge necessary to conduct such research. The course investigates recent developments and relevant research in STEM education and initiates a professional conversation about the major issues in teaching mathematics and science. Emphasis will be placed on methods of critically reading and analyzing research reports and the development of a STEM research proposal. Topics include reading and evaluation of original research, issues of validity and reliability in research, assembling research writing components, and an introduction to statistical inference.