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How can educators meet standards, prepare students for high-stakes testing, and still offer students differentiated instruction that respects their individuality? Educators learn the tools to create lesson plans and assessment systems that enable them first to discover and then to meet the different needs of their students. Quality pre-assessment help shape the differentiating educator’s instructional choices and processes. Formative assessment takes a primary role in the differentiated classroom providing feedback, documenting progress, and guiding instructional decisions. Educators will learn to use assessments to communicate rather than to compensate or reward, and educators will scrutinize grading systems to identify when they are unfairly norm-referenced or biased, and they will acquire the skills to convert assessments to nonjudgmental, criteria-referenced systems instead. Finally, this course prepares participants to manage the differentiated classroom by offering their students nurturing, rigorous, fair, and differentiated instruction that promotes student engagement and academic success.
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|Matching Instruction and Assessment Using Memory Pathways||Marilee Sprenger|
|The Adolescent Brain||Marilee Sprenger|
|Preparing Educators for Differentiated Instruction||The New England League of Middle Schools|
|Accommodating Learning Profiles through Assessment and Strategies in DI||The New England League of Middle Schools|
|Implementing Essential Principles and Strategies of Differentiated Instruction||The New England League of Middle Schools|
|Creating a Fair and Relevant Grading System in the Differentiated Classroom||The New England League of Middle Schools|
|Exactly What, When, and How to Grade in a Differentiated Classroom||The New England League of Middle Schools|
|Designing Grades as Instructive Instruments in a Differentiated Classroom||The New England League of Middle Schools|