Understanding Accommodations and Modifications
About the Course
This course will examine the differences between accommodations and modifications as well as what it means to personalize instruction for students. It will challenge you to make your content accessible for all students and address the individual needs of all learners in your classroom.
Teachers will actively participate in online learning to further develop their understanding of accommodations and modifications as they are practiced in the classroom.
The content of this course is applicable to all content and grade levels, making this course appropriate for teachers of all content and all levels. Teacher librarians, instructional coaches, and administrators are welcome to join us; they will also be asked how they can apply their learning in this course to their practice.
Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Understand the difference between accommodations and modifications.
- Create deliverables to use in their current practice.
- Create an environment conducive to all learners in their classroom.
- Reflect on their current practice and identify a lesson to improve.
Kara Myers belongs to the Westminster Education Association and is a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Specialist for Westminster Public Schools. Kara has 14 years of teaching experience and has an expertise in working with middle school students. Kara understands the importance of keeping up with best practices to ensure learner engagement and academic growth for her students. She believes that students from every background and all walks of life should have equal opportunities at a quality education. Kara stands together with the WEA to support quality learning conditions in the classroom and to advocate for better educational opportunities for students across the state of Colorado. She believes there are power in numbers, and when we have a large number of teachers standing together, our voices are heard.
Kara is well-versed in instruction, differentiation, and assessment for English language learners, providing instructional support for teachers, RTI, using Kagan structures in the classroom, co-teaching, and teaching in a Competency Based System. Kara has held a variety of leadership positions in her school and serves on District level task forces. Kara holds a BA in Secondary Education and English Literature from Indiana University. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a MA in Social, Cultural, and Bilingual Foundations.