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Differentiated Instruction in the Mixed-Ability Classroom – Level 2

Prerequisite: Differentiated Instruction Level 1

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Course Description

A continuation of the weeklong course Differentiated Instruction in the MixedAbility Classroom – Level 1. The ability to differentiate curriculum and instruction for gifted students and students with learning diffi culties is imperative in the mixed-ability classroom.

While the goal for each student is challenge and substantial academic growth, teachers must often defi ne challenge and growth differently in response to students’ varying interests and readiness levels.

This course will assist regular classroom teachers to develop more skill in teaching both gifted students and students with learning diffi culties. The course will also assist gifted education specialists and teachers in special education who coach regular classroom teachers to provide appropriate adaptations of regular curriculum. The course will assist administrators to appropriately supervise staff who are teaching children with a wide range of ability.

Required Textbooks:

  • Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom – Carolyn Coil (Pieces of Learning)
    ISBN: 193133448X
  • Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Gayle H. Gregory and Carolyn Chapman (Corwin Press, CA) ISBN: 1412936403

About the Instructor

Judy Hart Rhoads is presently the Acceleration/Enrichment Coordinator (K–12) for the Geneva School District in Illinois. Judy graduated from Northern IL Univ. with a Bachelors & Masters degree. Her gifted verification certification was granted in 1989. She presently serves as an IL gifted verification trainer. Judy has been working for Susan Winebrenner’s “Education Consulting Service” for the past six years, which allows her to teach courses like this one around the country.