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ASCD Announces New PD Online Courses

Posted May 22, 2012
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ASCD has announced the release of seven new PD Online courses for educators focused on differentiated instruction, Common Core State Standards implementation, and teaching students in high-poverty communities.

Four of the new courses focus on supporting differentiated instruction. Created by experts in differentiated instruction and featuring new video material with Carol Ann Tomlinson, the suite consists of:

  • Differentiated Instruction: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

  • Differentiated Instruction: Teaching with Student Differences in Mind

  • Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning

  • Differentiated Instruction: Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom

Early this summer, ASCD will release two more courses in this suite titled Differentiated Instruction: Using Ongoing Assessment to Inform Instruction and Differentiated Instruction: The Curriculum Connection.

In addition, ASCD has released two new courses that use the Understanding by Design framework to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards. The Understanding by Design framework, created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, enables educators to implement a standards-based curriculum that helps students better understand material and improve achievement. The courses feature hours of new video content from a popular Common Core State Standards seminar led by Wiggins and McTighe. The titles are:

  • The Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design Framework: English Language Arts

  • The Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design Framework: Mathematics

Finally, a new PD Online course from ASCD author Eric Jensen called "Teaching with Poverty in Mind," is now available. This course reviews current research on poverty and how it affects students' physical and mental health, and consequently their academic performance. The course also provides educators with schoolwide and classroom-level strategies for combating the negative effects of poverty in an academic setting.

For more information on ASCD's other programs, products, and services, or to join ASCD, visit

Source: ASCD,

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