SDE: Using Differentiated Instruction to Implement the Common Core State Standards

Using Differentiated Instruction to Implement the Common Core State Standards

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Using Differentiated Instruction to Implement the Common Core State Standards
The Connecticut State Department of Education defines Differentiated Instruction as:  A proactive decision-making process that considers critical student learning differences and the curriculum.  Differentiated instruction decisions are made by teachers and are based on: (1) formative assessment data, (2) research-based instructional strategies, and (3) a positive learning environment.

Training Description:  To begin this two-day module, participants will explore the history of the Connecticut Accountability for Learning Imitative (CALI) and come to understand how the CALI initiative has evolved over time to include differentiated instruction (DI). They will also make connections between Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) and differentiated curriculum to discover that the two initiatives go hand-in-hand. Participants will analyze a definition of differentiated instruction and come to understand that high-quality differentiation is a proactive, decision-making process.  Multiple examples of ELA/Literacy and Math Common Core State Standards, as well as connections to other content areas will be provided.

Participants will look closely at four principles of the differentiated classroom:

  • The teacher crafts an environment that actively supports each student in the hard work of learning.
  • Teachers must have absolute clarity about the learning destination.
  • Teachers must persistently know where students are in relation to the destination.
  • The teacher adjusts instruction to accommodate a critical student learning difference. 

Participants will examine a variety of preassessment formats, choose a format and create a preassesssment that will accompany their targeted unit. At the conclusion of Day One, participants will be asked to complete a homework assignment: the administration of a preassessment and return for Day Two with some actual data to share. 

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If you have any questions please contact:
Iris White
Education Consultant
Bureau of Accountability and Improvement
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-6794
Fax: (860) 713-7035

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