Instructional Supports

Instructional Supports for Students with Disabilities

Given appropriate instruction, accommodations and Assistive Technology, students with disabilities can achieve at high levels.   The differentiation of instruction is necessary to meet the broad range of learners in any classroom.  Adam Hoppe (2010) was quoted as saying, "Differentiation is a sequence of common sense decisions made by teachers with a student-first orientation."  
  • "Ensuring an environment that actively supports students in the work of learning (mindset, connections, community),                                                                              
  • Absolute clarity about the learning destination with high quality curriculum (goal clarity, engagement, understanding),                                                                             
  • Persistently knowing where students are in relation to the destination all along the way (pre-assessment, formative assessment),                                                               
  • Adjusting teaching to make sure each student arrives at the destination and, when possible, moves beyond it (differentiation in response to student readiness, interest, learning preferences),                                                                                                    
  • Leading/managing the classroom for flexibility (student-teacher partnerships, routines and processes that support flexible teaching and learning). "   
Carol Tomlinson, 2013

Resources for Differentiating Instruction

The Reading and Writing Project by Lucy Calkins at Teacher's College

"The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project was founded and is directed by Lucy Calkins, The Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College. Lucy is the author or co-author of over two score of books, including Pathways to the Common Core (with Ehrenworth and Lehman) which was recently listed as #8 in the New York Times list of best-selling education books. She has also authored/co-authored The Art of Teaching Writing, The Art of Teaching Reading, a series of books titled Units of Study in Reading and the recently released Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information and Narrative Writing: A K-8 Common Core Curriculum. These books, as well as those by current and former staff members and TCRWP teachers, create a portfolio of texts which is foundational to reading and writing workshop instruction across the globe."-Teachers College

Children Of the Code

“Children of the Code” is a unique achievement, and a special gift for all of us! Thanks, for this OUTSTANDING contribution to this VERY important subject. Nothing quite like it, under the sun! - Dr. Michael Merzenich, Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences, UCSF, Member National Academy of Sciences (from his blog "On The Brain")

"This is probably the most interesting, educational, insightful, researched, helpful, meaningful information I've received since becoming a teacher." - J. Stillman, Budlong Elementary, L.A. California 

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