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Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 1 Foundations

The most critical aspect of Tier 1 is examination and evaluation of instruction during the phases of designing, planning, implementing and assessing as it pertains to student learning. In this foundational course, participants will examine the power of teacher self-reflection in the planning, design and implementation of instruction at Tier 1. This is important for all students and especially multilingual learners. Critical aspects of instructional design, such as data collection and use of evidence-based instructional delivery practices and how they apply to language learners, are discussed. Special considerations for multilingual learners at the intersection of language and learning are also explored. Participants will:

  • Reflect on and assess instruction and assessment;
  • Learn to collect and analyze student background and family data;
  • Consider the distinction between language and learning; and
  • Understand the importance of scaffolds in instructional lesson planning.

This course is Part 1 of a two-part series and is designed to establish foundational understanding before moving into Part 2, where participants will learn specific evidence-based strategies for instructional design with special considerations for multilingual learners. Upon completion of all Part 1 course requirements, participants will receive an enrollment key which will allow access to the Part 2 course (Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 2 Advanced).


Intended Audiences

K-12 General and Special Education Teachers, Building Administrators

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


Course Contact: Michele Walden-Doppke

Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 2 Advanced

This course is the second part of a two-part series and builds on the elements learned in Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 1 Foundations. In this Part 2 Advanced course, we will provide more in-depth evidence-based strategies for instructional design with special considerations for multilingual student populations. In this course participants will examine critical aspects of instructional design and instructional assessment in Tier 1, including:

  • Reflect on and assess instruction and assessment as well as the role of physical environment and classroom climate in teaching and learning;

  • Examine and assemble more advanced evidence-based strategies for Tier 1 instructional practices;

  • Apply translanguaging strategies; and 

  • Explore cross-linguistic features of common home languages in their communities.

Purposeful Instructional Design at Tier 1--Part 1 Foundations is a prerequisite to this course. Once you enroll in that course and complete all required activities, you will unlock the enrollment key which allows you to enroll in this course. Copy and paste the enrollment key when prompted to enroll in this course. If you have any challenges with this process, please contact Michele Walden-Doppke.


Intended Audiences

K-12 General and Special Education Teachers, Building Administrators

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


Course Contact: Michele Walden-Doppke

AntiRacist Table Course Part 1

The AntiRacist Table was created in response to the Racial Reckoning in America, as a way to bring AntiRacism into daily life as a daily practice. What awaits you is allyship, abolitionism, co-conspiratorship, and the dismantling of racism in yourself, your family, your community, your school, and your workplace.  Welcome to our table. Changemakers and forces for good unite! This topic has been divided into two courses. Through participation in both courses, you will: 

  • cultivate mindfulness and daily practices centered around equality, justice, and humanity 
  • integrate the AntiRacist Table Core Principles into your life to face and get past fear, anger, and blame and to develop empathy
  • aspire to be an AntiRacist - a lifelong pursuit that starts and ends with you, requiring intentional daily practice 

 After successfully completing the first course in this series you will automatically be enrolled in part two.


Intended Audiences

All Educators and Leaders


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Course Type

Self - Paced

Recommended PLUs

3 PLUs


AntiRacist Table Course Part 2

The AntiRacist Table was created in response to the Racial Reckoning in America, as a way to bring AntiRacism into daily life as a daily practice. What awaits you in Course 2 is allyship, abolitionism, co-conspiratorship, and the dismantling of racism in yourself, your family, your community, your school, and your workplace. Changemakers and forces for good unite! Through participation in both courses, you will: 

  • cultivate mindfulness and daily practices centered around equality, justice, and humanity 
  • integrate the AntiRacist Table Core Principles into your life to face and get past fear, anger, and blame and to develop empathy
  • aspire to be an AntiRacist - a lifelong pursuit that starts and ends with you, requiring intentional daily practice 


Intended Audiences

All Educators and Leaders


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Course Type

Self - Paced

Recommended PLUs

3 PLUs


(Coming Soon!) Course 1: Foundations in First and Second Language Development

Educating culturally and linguistically diverse students presents unique challenges. Yet with these students we often mistake poor performance and low test scores as indications that a student might have a disability, rather than focusing on the nature of the education a diverse student is receiving as it interacts with their second language development. These students have different circumstances and development compared to monolingual learners; however, if we do not understand or accept this, we are essentially undermining their educational experience. This course will provide educators with a solid base for understanding the many challenges facing culturally and linguistically diverse children as they enter the school system and are expected to progress and learn in ways that are not always fair and equitable and which may lead to poor academic performance and mimic intrinsic signs of disability.

This self-paced course is the first in a series designed to provide educators with foundation skills that will be further applied and developed in further courses. Please check back in fall 2022 for more information about when this course and others in the series will open for enrollment. 


Intended Audiences

PreK-12 General and Special Educators, Multilingual educators,  Speech and Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Social Workers, 
Interventionists and Specialists

Course Type

Self-paced

Recommended # of PLUs

1-2 PLUs