Science Practices for Inclusion in Biology (SPI) VDOE Grant Funded (Content Teaching Academy @ James Madison University)


Information & Registration

The SPI in Biology academy is designed for biology and special education teachers to expand and enhance the performance of students with disabilities in more inclusive classroom settings. The academy will include discipline area content sessions as well as combined pedagogy sessions with opportunities to model effective instructional strategies and co-teaching practices to address the needs of students with disabilities.                                    

Each of the concurrent, discipline-based Biology sections is designed to:

  • improve teacher content knowledge with foundational and cutting-edge science research]
  • expand teachers understanding of effective special education pedagogy using tangible materials, models, technology, “minds-on” lesson plans, and targeted inquiry methods;
  • enhance practical experiences with high-quality special teaching resources teachers can integrate into their lesson plans;
  • reinforce techniques for literacy and vocabulary development among all students; and
  • establish an electronic network of support and a learning community among participants.

The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, on-campus DOUBLE  lodging, and meals for the team.  Upon successful completion of this academy a $200 stipend will be provided. Certificates of Participation will be provided to all participants with perfect attendance.

The 2019 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 24 and conclude at 5:00 on June 25. The daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4×4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons.


6/24/2019 8:30 AM - 6/25/2019 5:00 PM


James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Linda Stover


Curriculum/Instructional Methods Instructional Strategies Professional Development Professional Resources Science