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Overview of the Course

Course Goals

The participants will:

  • develop a concept of learning based on the latest research on information processing
  • reconceptualize planning as a reflective instructional decision-making process
  • become proficient in designing and evaluating a sequence of instruction that is comprehension-based, strategic, and measurable
  • acquire a range of empirically-validated techniques for supporting learning across the curriculum through writing, organizing, discussion, questioning, and vocabulary acquisition
  • adopt and adapt evaluation systems for analyzing instructional practices
  • reflectively examine, as professionals, our own practice in search both of affirmation and adjustment
  • reflectively examine, as professionals, our own practice in search both of affirmation and adjustment

Meeting Times

The course meets over four long weekends and includes sessions on Fridays from 5 to 9 pm; and in two sessions on Saturdays, beginning at 8:30 am and ending by 4:30 pm in the afternoon. We will take an hour for lunch midway through the day on Saturdays; this will divide the morning session from the afternoon session.

Required Textbook

Santa, C., Havens, L., & Maycumber, E. (1996). Project CRISS: CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies, 2nd edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
This text is not available to the general public. It is only available to participants in an approved Project CRISS inservice training.

Recommended Textbooks

McNergney, R., & Carrier, C. (1981). Teacher Development. New York: Macmillan.

Strunk, W., & White, E. (1979). The Elements of Style, 3rd edition. New York: Macmillan.
Our final arbiter on questions of grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, and the like.

Procedural Stipulations

  1. This is a graduate-level course. Students will be challenged and expected to perform at an advanced level.
  2. The University of Virginia has a long tradition of honor in conduct and academic endeavors among its students. The Honor System requires that all work must be pledged: "On my honor as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid or assistance on this assignment." Further information regarding the Honor System and expectations of students may be found in the Graduate Record.
  3. Attendance at all class sessions is required and participation is expected and needed. The grading rubric for the course is based in part on your presence and your contributions to class. Because this course is being offered in the winter months, an extra weekend has been scheduled should it be necessary for making up a cancelled one. All students who enroll in this course are expected to attend all sessions of class on that makeup weekend if one of our other weekends is cancelled.
  4. Assignments should be submitted in a timely fashion. The grading rubric for the course is based in part on the timeliness and completeness of course tasks, in addition to their quality. The instructor is not obligated to accept work that is late. Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due at the beginning of class.
  5. With the exception of the CRISS text, all required and recommended readings have been posted to the course website in an electronic format. Please make arrangements to access them via a computer with an internet connection and a web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer. A plug-in like the free Adobe Reader is needed to download and print the readings and handouts.
  6. The citation style, when needed, should be accurate, acceptable, and recognizable practice (MLA, Chicago, etc.). The American Psychological Association (APA) style of citation and referencing is preferred. See the APA Guide in the Resources section of the course website.
  7. Please carefully edit all written assignments. A lack of care in proofreading or composition can negatively affect what might otherwise be a fine score on a task. See Writing & Editing Hints for more guidance.
  8. The final grade will be determined based on evidence of your success at confronting, grappling with, understanding, and internalizing the central course objectives. It is expected that all tasks will be undertaken and completed to the best of your ability and in the spirit in which they were intended.
  9. The nature and timing of this course mitigate against the granting of a grade of Incomplete. Assigning a grade of Incomplete for any student is both unlikely and at the sole discretion of the instructor.
  10. If you are a student with special needs, please let the instructor know as soon as possible, particularly if discussion of special considerations, alterations, or modifications is needed.

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