The learning environment continues to become diversified due to changes in students’ neurological wiring, mobility, family configuration, immigration, and socio-economic status. The teacher leadership candidates examine current knowledge about and resources available to make modifications for K-12 students in the regular classroom who have exceptionalities arising from disabilities, giftedness, and differences in culture and/or language. As a result, teacher leaders learn how to build school culture that focuses on student outcomes.
This course also provides opportunities for analysis of everyday situations and the impact of instructional models and practices on the teaching and learning processes. This analysis includes a focus on gender, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, and parents/family. In addition, teacher leaders learn to utilize the Social and Emotional Learning Standards to improve the learning environment. This course includes a 10 hour practicum experience during which theory is applied to practice. Candidates must complete their practicum requirements in schools with a diverse population.