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FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • Over 90% of participants report making a change to instruction based on information learned in the program.
  • 93% of participants report improvement in student skills, behavior, and/or compensatory strategies as a result of adjustments made to teaching throughout the program.

 

 

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STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Erin Studer

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Email: erin.studer@chimeinstitute.org

 

 

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“I now see kids through…new lenses and really think about how to capitalize on their strengths and support their weaknesses.”

– Participant in course for teachers-in-training

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

We are extremely proud that we have developed and maintained for three years a high quality professional development program about neurodevelopment the profoundly impacts the teaching and learning process in schools across America.

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

We found it important to keep the program affordable so that the widest number of teachers could benefit from this resource. Partnering with an affiliated university program, CHIME Institute, allowed us to sustain and institutionalize the program for long-term growth and development.

 

California State University, Northridge (CSUN)’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education is a professional school that promotes reflection, critical thinking, and excellence in teaching through interdisciplinary studies in an inclusive learning community. Its grant is moving its successful neurodevelopmental (ND) methodology onto an online platform that will be available nationally to other universities, schools, and families.

Addressing learning differences through online modules in neurodevelopment for teachers

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

The College of Education at CSUN is committed to meeting the individual and diverse learning needs of PreK-12 pupils in urban schools. The Neurodevelopmental Strength-Based Approach to Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, offered through the CHIME Institute, is designed to address the learning differences of K-12 students. The CHIME Institute, a nonprofit organisation established in 1990, is a national leader in the development and implementation of a unique model of inclusive education. The institute began with an early childhood program based at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and expanded to a charter elementary school in 2001 and middle school in 2003. CHIME's model allows for the individual needs of each child to be addressed in a manner that enhances each child's strengths while also addressing learning needs.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With funding from Oak, CSUN developed a series of online modules to offer training in neurodevelopmental methodology both locally and nationally. Five online modules that emphasize a strength-based approach to teaching and learning, totalling 100 hours of study, allow participants to complete assignments, exams, and activities through a self-service learning or open study system. The program is designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, school administrators, and service providers and focuses on eight neurodevelopmental constructs of learning (Language, Memory, Attention, Social Cognition, Higher Order Cognition, Neuromotor, Temporal-Sequential Ordering, and Spatial Ordering). Educators gain knowledge about the neurodevelopmental constructs, how to observe them in their students, and how to use their knowledge to guide effective instructional decision making for all children and adolescents.  At the end of the 5-course, 9-month series, participants earn a Certificate in a Neurodevelopmental Strength-Based Approach to Teaching and Learning.

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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