Sandra Horan | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link

 

Sandra Horan

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Sandy Horan is a Special Education Teacher and co-teacher at a high school in the northern suburbs of Chicago, where she has taught for 25 years. During her tenure, she has served in many roles, to include Special Education Teacher, Executive Function Teacher and Coach, Vocational Coordinator, Transition Coordinator, Co-Teacher in English and Social Studies, and has presented to many parent groups in the areas of executive function, transition, and independent living. Prior to her current high school teaching position, she served as a special education teacher and case manager for students grades k-12, a Head Start Director, and a Behavior Analyst, all while living in both North and South Dakota. Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Moorhead (Minnesota) State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and their families. She loves playing with her four grandchildren! She enjoys being active in the outdoors and working out, as well as reading - she loves being a life-long learner.

This course is designed to teach participants the importance of metacognition, provide background knowledge of the core executive function processes, and help apply their knowledge of executive function processes to help students better understand themselves as learners. Participants will learn how executive functioning skills are the cognitive powers that help develop good habits which leads to effective school and life management. The course will also look at the process of how to create effective assessments. Assessments are essential to the learning process, as evidenced in that assessments inform the instructor on the effectiveness of their instruction, as well as they provide a way to measure students' mastery of the course's educational learning targets. The course will explore how to identify course goals for assessment, determine test structure and design, write effective questions, and apply a variety of testing methods to differentiate testing methods.
Course #: GMW22506
Dates: 03/07/22 - 04/03/22
Categories:

Positive Classroom Management 21st-Century Teaching Instructional Strategies

Format:

Online Structured

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Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the growth of a positive relationship with the most challenging of parents in a variety of school settings. Participants will focus on effective parent communication and engagement for K-12 education. Participants will explore methods to improve communication and collaboration that will focus on parent engagement and, in turn, will create a positive learning environment for every student. Emphasis is on exploring and learning ways to connect with parents and families. Participants will synthesize paradigms and leave the course with a better understanding of developing parent communication techniques leading towards sharing responsibility to help children learn and meet their educational goals.
Course #: GMW22516
Dates: 05/09/22 - 06/05/22
Categories:

Positive Classroom Management Innovative Classroom Instruction

Format:

Online Structured

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This course is designed to help educators build a classroom structure where differentiated instruction can occur on a daily basis for varying abilities. Through the use of videos, readings, personal reflection, and online forum questions, participants will experience differentiated instruction as well as learn methods to implement strategies in their own classroom. Participants will learn to shape and maintain learning conditions that facilitate differentiated instruction, including how to identify learning styles, create tiered activities, differentiation strategies, effective classroom management, and design the physical space for classroom differentiation scenarios. Participants will leave the course with resources and strategies to reach students of varying abilities, grades, and learning styles and help them take ownership of their education.
Course #: GMF21001
Dates: 10/25/21 - 12/19/21
Categories:

Equity & Diversity Instructional Strategies

Format:

Online Structured

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