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Spotlight on Student Learning

Every required class in the master’s program in differentiated instruction has one “common assignment” that stays the same no matter who is teaching the class.  The assignment has a common description and a common rubric, both of which were developed and approved by the faculty in the program.  Students submit the work and faculty submit the grades to an electronic platform. This way student work is available to serve as exemplars for accreditors and evaluation scores are available for electronic reporting and analysis of outcomes across all class sections.

Recently, student work on the unit plan in Curriculum Development for Gifted Students (EDDI520) showed that students performed very strongly on planning critical and creative thinking connections in lessons and on differentiation for specific students. It also showed that students needed to learn more about the social and emotional development of gifted learners, as this line of the rubric had the lowest scores.  Because of these results, the program added a new required text and class activities with this focus to the course, with the expectation that these changes will help improve student understanding in this area when it is next assessed.

For more information about the use of common assignments and their assessment in the Differentiated Instruction Program, please contact Julie Henry, director of the Differentiated Instruction Program.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training

Canisius College is committed to an educational and work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. The college is utilizing an online discrimination and harassment prevention training program through LawRoom. The online course is designed to increase awareness of harassment, types of harassment that exist and how to report incidents. In addition to Title VII, students, faculty and staff of educational institutions are also protected by Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination – including sexual harassment and sexual violence – in any educational or athletic program or service of a federally funded school. Sex discrimination violates Title IX if it denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from school programs or activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against someone who complains about or participates in investigations or proceedings involving sex discrimination.

In the coming days, faculty and staff will receive an email containing a link to the assigned course(s). The email will contain your username and password. All Canisius College faculty and staff are required to complete the new discrimination and harassment course(s).

For questions, contact Jennifer Skowron, assistant director of human resources at Ext. 2247 or

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, AVP Human Resources and Compliance