Educational Services | Differentiated Instruction for English Learners (K-5, 6-12)
Today, students in classrooms in California and across the United States are more culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse than in the past. In California, one student in four does not speak English as a first language (US Department of Education, 2009). Classrooms across the nation are filled with students with a range of exceptionalities and markedly different backgrounds.
Differentiated instruction is a method to address the cultural, linguistic, and academic needs of these diverse students. It features standards-based content and language objectives, along with instructional strategies and scaffolds to support student mastery of lesson objectives and the content standards they are based upon. Differentiated instruction includes whole group instruction, heterogeneous small group cooperative work, and individual instruction. It also provides student-centered learning experiences that focus on the principles of Universal Design, which focus on differentiating the lesson content, process, and product to meet the needs of all students.
Instructional Services (IS) provides Differentiated Instruction through Universal Design training for K-12 teachers. The training is 18 hours plus principal coaching and is customized to meet district/school needs. The Differentiated Instruction training can be customized by grade level (elementary, K-5) or by content area (secondary, 6-12).
Maritza Rodriguez, Administrator