EDS Series: Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction

Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series


Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series
Date: Aug. 16, 2014

Classroom Management
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Differentiated Instruction
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: 7145 West Tidewell Road
      Houston, TX 77092

Hosted by: College of Education

Participants will receive a certificate for two professional development hours for
each session.
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Featured Speaker
Mary Urich, EDS Specialist  
Mary Urich has been actively engaged in the field of education for over 30 years. She is an experienced classroom teacher, school administrator, and adjunct faculty member. Mary has held district leadership positions including Executive Director of Academic Services, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Special Education Services, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Director of English Language Learner services, Principal and Assistant Principal. Mary has worked with districts as a Turnaround Director and Turnaround Coach with the School Improvement and Intervention Section of the Arizona Department of Education. Additionally Mary has served as the Director of Professional Development for a County School Office. She has worked with several departments within the Arizona Department of Education and Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center. 

Mary received her BS ED degree from the State University of New York and her MS ED degree from Nazareth College, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership with the State University of New York. She has extensive experience and background in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, data analysis, English Language Development services, school improvement, and professional development. Mary completed the Professional Development Leadership Academy with the National Staff Development Council and holds teaching and administrative certificates from Arizona and New York. Mary has served as an adjunct faculty member with Roberts Wesleyan College and Arizona State University. Currently, Mary is an adjunct faculty member with Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.

Classroom Management
Setting up a classroom management system that works for all students is not easy.  Just as students learn in different manners, they respond in a variety of ways to the classroom management that exists.  Participants will discuss the importance of setting up a schedule, routines, and jobs/roles for students.  In addition, different behavioral plans will be introduced so that students who struggle with classroom structure will have modifications and support so that they experience behavioral success.  Finally, parent communication will be discussed.  One of the most difficult portions of classroom management is communicating with parents if there is an issue.  Parent communication and partnerships will be an integral part of classroom management, so opening the lines of communication prior to any negative "press" will be very important. 

Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction is much more than an educational "buzzword".  It's the critical promise to our students that we will understand their learning needs, and use what we know about best practices of curriculum and instruction to address those needs.   This workshop (session) will address the "Top 10 Ways" to know if you are implementing high quality differentiation in your classroom., as well as key elements which lead to increased student motivation and achievement.