Differentiating Instruction: What, How, Why?

Do you find it challenging to meet all of your students needs? It can be challenging to balance high standards for all students in a diverse classroom. If you are interested in deepening your understanding of differentiation and learning best practices for meeting students where they are at, this course will teach you how to approach your teaching with a focus on individual needs.
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Updated on: February 12, 2019

How do you balance high standards for all students in a diverse classroom? Learn directly from University of Southern California’s Dr. Sandra Kaplan how to approach teaching with a focus on individual student needs. Deepen your understanding of differentiation and learn strategies for recognizing individual differences and how to respond to those differences. Help students learn to value individuality by meeting them where they are and challenging them to grow. This course includes videos of authentic classroom practice, a coach to provide personalized feedback, and flexibility to engage with the content on your schedule.

  • Practical guidance from an expert on how to meet individual student's needs
  • Convenient, flexible online format
  • 45 PD hours or 3 graduate credits
Skills You'll Learn

In this course, you'll learn the key principles of differentiation. You will design and reconstruct an objective to meet the individual needs of learners, and you will plan and implement various grouping patterns in the classroom.

Course Overview

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About the Instructor

Sandra N. Kaplan is a Professor of Clinical Education at the University of Southern California. Kaplan has been an international and national consultant for districts, state departments, and other educational agencies to provide professional development in the areas of differentiated curriculum and instruction.

She has written over 40 articles and 10 books related to identifying and providing appropriate educational services to gifted students.

Kaplan has been recognized for her work, receiving awards for Excellence from the Council of Exceptional Children, National Association for the Gifted for Service and Achievement and Research awards from the California Association for the Gifted. She received the NAGC Legacy Award in 2013.

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PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize resources. PCG offers more than 50 online professional development courses to help teachers improve their skills, grow their careers and more effectively help and support their students.


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