Tiered instruction can be a very effective strategy in teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) when general and special education teachers collaborate in an inclusive classroom. This webinar will walk you through the planning, implementation and evaluation processes involved in differentiating in this way. A step-by-step approach will be used to apply tiered instruction to the essential components of differentiation – content, process and product. The webinar will also explore effective planning for tiered instruction, including consideration of academic standards, student outcomes, complexity of the content and student characteristics. Dr. Darlene E. Perner and Dr. Maureen E. Walsh will also present specific examples that illustrate various ways to tier instruction to create successful inclusive environments for all learners.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the sequence of steps involved in tiered instruction.
- Describe the factors to consider in planning and implementing tiered instruction.
- Provide examples of the different ways tiered instruction can be applied in an inclusive environment.
Dr. Darlene E. Perner is a professor and the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, peer supports and collaboration with school partners. She has published numerous books, book chapters and articles. Her most recent book, co-edited with Monica E. Delano, is entitled, A Guide to Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, published by CEC in the DADD Prism Series. In addition, she presents nationally and internationally and has provided international training on inclusive practices for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Dr. Perner is the President of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA), a Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) and the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC).
Dr. Maureen P. Walsh is an associate professor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of interests include: inclusive practices, co-teaching, emotional and behavioral disorders, parental involvement, transition and other health impairments. Dr. Walsh currently teaches methods courses to both undergraduate and graduate level students at Bloomsburg University and supervises teacher candidates instructing elementary students in their field experiences. Prior to teaching at the university level, she served in a variety of roles as an instructional support team teacher, learning support teacher, emotional support teacher and co-teacher in an inclusive setting. Dr. Walsh’s presentations and publications address transition programs for students with emotional disturbances as well as attitudes toward inclusive practices.