Designing for Learning: Developing Lessons that Engage and Support Students of Refugee and Immigrant Backgrounds

This short course is designed to prepare educators to make more effective and extensive use of differentiation, scaffolding, UDL (universal design for learning) and other pedagogical strategies to ensure equity and inclusion in the classroom.

CPL Course

$75

11-20 hours

This short course is designed to prepare educators to make more effective and extensive use of differentiation, scaffolding, UDL (universal design for learning) and other pedagogical strategies to ensure equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Members of this learning community will have the opportunity to work through the course module at their own pace between October 21st – November 12th. They will meet with their course facilitator, colleagues enrolled in their cohort, and community members and experts during one synchronous online workshop to be held on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-1pm Pacific / 1pm-4pm Eastern.

Participants will walk away with knowledge, skills, a resource book, an enriched network of colleagues, and increased confidence to design lessons that engage and support diverse learners.

Course objectives include:

  • critiquing existing lesson plans and modifying those plans to be more responsive to the needs (and assets) of refugee and immigrant students.
  • distinguishing between scaffolding and differentiating instruction and provide examples of both of these instructional techniques.
  • scaffolding lessons to ensure engagement and deep learning for students of refugee and immigrant backgrounds.
  • differentiating instruction to meet the varied needs, interests, and learning goals of students of refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

12 clock hours/CEUs* are available upon successful completion of the course and workshop.

* Check with your local district or education authority about clock hour/CEU policies.


This courses is part of the Refugee Educator Foundations of Practice series. Other related courses can be found here.

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