Middle Grades Instruction and Assessment, McEnerny, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C84
Instructor: Dr. Monica McEnerny
Location: Castleton University Stafford Academic Center August 18 & September 15, 2019. The remainder of the course will be online.
Dates and Times: August 18 -September 28, 2019. August 18-  Check-In; Set-Up, 10:00 am – 2;00 pm, Stafford Center, CU; September 15 – Mid-Semester Check-In, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Stafford Center, CU; September 28  - Final Project Link Due on Google Classroom
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

NOTE: Course payment of $975 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

Participants in this course will collaborate with their professor and peers to gain further understanding of current instructional strategies and assessment practices.  This will include the exploration of educational technologies, proficiencies, personalized learning initiatives, and flexible pathways, with a student-centered focus.   

Course Objectives/Goals

Participants will:

            Set learning goals

            Design an action plan to address those goals and standards

            Post and reflect on evidence of learning on Google Classroom

Complete a final project

VT Middle Grades Endorsement Standards: 

The course is based on the following Vermont Middle Grades Endorsement Competencies: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, and 5.4

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.

Required Texts

Readings, Technology, Standards, and Evaluation:

  • Readings will be provided in personalized teaching and learning modules. Suggested texts include: 
    • McEnerny, Monica. A Teacher’s Journey to Adolescence.  Scholars’ Press. 2015.
    • Atwell, Nancy. In the Middle, 3rd Edition.  2013. 
    • Vermont Middle Grades Task Force (2009). Middle School is Not a Building.

For additional course information

Dr. Monica McEnerny
(802) 468-1358

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!