Sandra developed the curriculum and is the instructor for two courses available through Seattle Pacific University School of Education (Continuing Education and Distance Learning for Educators).  Teachers can fulfill state requirements for professional development, obtain credits for salary advancement, (students need to check with their own district or institution for applicable policies), or simply satisfy a desire to grow professionally and obtain new knowledge and ideas for their students.   Both EDSE 5194 and 5195 are among the required courses for Special Education Endorsement through Seattle Pacific University.

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EDSE 5194 Powerful Academic Teaching Strategies for All Students in Inclusive Classrooms:

EDSE 5195 Practical and Powerful Management Strategies for All Students in Inclusive Classrooms:

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EDSE 5194: Powerful Academic and Teaching Strategies for All Students in Inclusive Classrooms (5.0 credits)


This course teaches what all educators need to understand about the learning challenges of students with mild to moderate disabilities (e.g., ADHD, LD). It includes struggles that are common in reading, written language, math, organization, time-management and study skills, and focuses on the how-to’s of reaching and teaching these students in the general education classroom. The course provides powerful and practical instructional and research-based academic strategies to boost achievement of all students, and the interventions and accommodations that may be needed to enable students with learning disabilities or ADHD to achieve success.

Topics include:

  • Reaching and Teaching All Students Through Differentiated Instruction
  • Common Weaknesses in Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities/Neurobiological Disorders
  • Response to Intervention
  • Organization and Time Management Strategies, Supports, and Accommodations
  • Common Academic Challenges for Students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities
  • Reading Strategies, Supports, and Interventions
  • Written Language Strategies, Supports, and Interventions
  • Math Strategies, Supports, and Interventions
  • Other Disability Adaptations, Strategies, & Supports


EDSE 5195: Practical and Powerful Management Strategies for All Students in Inclusive Classrooms (5.0 credits)


This course teaches what all educators need to understand about the learning, attention, and behavioral challenges of students with mild to moderate disabilities (e.g., ADHD, LD, and other hidden brain-based disorders). The class provides a host of “how-to” strategies, supports, and accommodations to enable the success of students with self-regulation difficulties in the general education classroom. You will learn powerful strategies for engaging students’ attention and participation, minimizing behavioral problems, and managing disruptive, off-task, or other challenging behaviors.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Students with Hidden Disabilities and Self-Regulation Difficulties
  • Preventing or Minimizing Behavioral Problems:  Strategies, Supports, and Accommodations
  • Engaging, Maintaining, & Regulating Students’ Attention
  • Strategies for Effectively Managing Students with Challenging Behaviors
  • Response to Intervention Behavioral Model
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs),  Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs), and Disciplining Students with Disabilities