Differentiated Instruction for Today's Classroom (EDEX 157)

3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit


Acquire key knowledge and skills to implement differentiated instruction (DI) successfully in your own classroom. Gain expertise making practical and flexible instructional decisions based on your own students' learning needs. Create a standards-based learning environment where all students can thrive and achieve. Discover practical responses to diverse learning needs in today's mixed-ability classrooms.

  • Gain insights into the DI teacher's role as facilitator and guide.
  • Create a flexible DI classroom learning environment.
  • Support and develop self-directed learners.

Increase student achievement in a standards-driven learning environment.

  • Connect DI with the essential knowledge and skills of a standards-based curriculum.
  • Learn proactive planning strategies.
  • Maximize successful learning outcomes for students.

Create powerful learning experiences that engage and motivate students.

  • Open new pathways for students to acquire essential content and skills.
  • Design differentiated activities using DI strategies.
  • Refine existing knowledge, skills, and strategies as tools for differentiation.
  • Provide stimulating lessons with the appropriate degree of challenge.
  • Build bridges between new content and prior learning using students' interests.
  • Meet learning profile preferences to provide access to deeper understanding.

Make DI come alive in your own classroom.

  • Plan how to get started using DI.
  • Prepare students and their parents for differentiation.
  • Examine DI "grading for success."


This course is offered through Performance Learning Systems. PLS instructors are experienced classroom teachers and possess excellent facilitation skills. 




$440.00 (plus $35 materials fee)

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