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Differentiating Instruction for Student Success

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Overview / Abstract:

All students are not alike, and the “one-size-fits-all” approach to curriculum and instruction is no longer relevant in today’s diverse classrooms. So how do you maximize learning for every student in your class? This graduate-level course examines the practice of differentiated instruction and what differentiation is and what it is not. You will learn what, when, and how to differentiate your instruction to appeal to student interest and readiness, and how to use assessment to constantly inform your instructional planning. Throughout the course, you will work with your own curriculum and standards and use differentiation strategies to design lessons that you can apply immediately with your students.

Teaching Tangibles
Identify current challenges related to meeting diverse learning needs.
Examine multiple intelligences and their potential impact on teaching and learning.
Create a definition of differentiated instruction that will guide your teaching practice.
Learn strategies to differentiate instruction, such as flexible grouping, centers, and tiered assignments.
Analyze diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments and adapt them to implement differentiated instruction.
Expand upon your planned lessons to differentiate for more than one type of learner.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling learners and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Tomlinson is a prominent expert on the concept of differentiation and provides professional development throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other professional development materials, including the text How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms..

Carol Ann Tomlinson has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin press.

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Canter and Associates, LLC

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