Capstone Project Title
Lappen, E. (2020). A collaborative approach at building professional development around inclusive science classrooms.
This project examines the best practices to utilize secondary science teachers, special education teachers, and paraprofessionals in a secondary level science classroom. It was developed as a four-hour professional development with supplementary materials, designed to be implemented during August teacher workshop week. This project was created to address the intimidating environment the science class can be for educators and to start a dialogue collaboration that will continue throughout the school year. The professional development is intended for the science department and special education teachers and paraprofessionals that will be in the science classroom for co-teaching or support for students with individual educational plans. The four hours will include: reflective practices, reviewing the models of co-taught classrooms, practical, evidence-based tools to be successful in collaborative classrooms are shared, and a framework to continue weekly collaborative meetings to plan the science course throughout the term. In this project and capstone, collaboration, along with targeted interventions, is at the heart of creating science classrooms that work best for all students. (167 words)
Lappen, Erin, "A Collaborative Approach at Building Professional Development Around Inclusive Science Classrooms" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 538.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects