Curriculum Associates is offering administrators and teachers free online training on using differentiated instruction, a practice for closing the achievement gaps between different groups of learners. The new course, "Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student," guides educators through the process of adopting the approach for their own classroom work and is available at http://www.curriculumassociates.com/catraining/DiffInstruction/index.htm.
This course is the first of a series of free courses being developed and offered by Curriculum Associates as they continue to provide school systems with strategies that help to meet today's classroom challenges. Future topics include test preparation and behavior management.
Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student was developed by Sylvia Lewis, presenter and author of articles on differentiated instruction, former State Consultant for Gifted Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and administrator at North Topsail Elementary School in Hampstead, North Carolina. The course consists of four lesson modules: differentiated instruction at a glance, identifying student needs, instructional strategies and classroom management, and putting your plan into action. A team of North Topsail teachers has contributed "real-life" examples of differentiated instruction such as downloadable lesson plans, outlines, learning contracts, charts, and more.
Training is provided in full audio with visual representations, thus providing solutions for all types of users. Each lesson contains "Read More" buttons for pop-up boxes with details on subtopics, downloadable handouts and printable lesson reviews, all designed to increase educators' understanding and retention of the concept and tactics.
Source: Curriculum Associates, http://www.cainc.com