Course Description

Many students come to school with unique mixtures of family histories, traumatic experiences, and special needs that test our skills and patience. This course demonstrates how educators can value the tenacity and building connections while teaching the students who most need help. The course details real-life students whose serious challenges inhibited their classroom experience and eventually achieved success. Strategies for analyzing students' challenges and developing individualized action plans are discussed, with in-depth examples. Recommendations for teachers and support teams are included, to provide support and skills to students who need it most. Lastly, the course includes specific advice for administrators on constructing systems and procedures that give all our students the best chance for success.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.


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Section Title
Book Study: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us the Most
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $250.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most by Jeffrey Benson, ASCD, ISBN: 978-1416617556

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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