(30 ISBE Clock Hours) In this course, you will learn an approach to planning for targeted differentiation to support your special needs students in the classroom. You will learn methods for developing differentiated lessons that support all students’ appropriate cognitive levels in your classroom. Then, you will explore how to implement modifications and accommodations specific to your students with disabilities. Through additional activities, article analysis, and action plan design, you will build an implementation plan supporting your students with special needs. This course will teach you a process in planning for differentiation and ensure that the activities and methods you choose effectively support student learning.

  • Total Price: $145
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 30 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 27 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


  • Special Education/Needs
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • How to Use Bloom’s Taxonomy & Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to Analyze Content Standards & Plan for Differentiated Instruction
  • How to Select & Administer the Correct Differentiation Strategies to Address the Needs of ALL Students
  • How to Utilize & Document Accommodations & Modification Within a Student’s IEP or 504 Plan

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I use Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to plan for differentiation at appropriate levels of rigor for all of my students?

I loved this course! I loved all of the resources and tools aligned perfectly with the course and I really feel like I now can look at any standard now and understand exactly how to plan lessons for both my low and high-achieving students without leaving any of them behind!

-4th Grade Science Teacher

 30 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 30 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – What is Differentiation?

  • The meaning of differentiation and 3 methods of differentiation
  • What differentiation can look like in a classroom setting
  • How to reflect on your current differentiation practices

Section 2 – Analyzing the Standard for Knowledge & Skills

  • Why it is important to identify the knowledge and skills in a content standard
  • How to analyze a standard to determine the knowledge and skill components
  • The importance of vertical alignment and how it can impact your planning process

Section 3 Part A – Frameworks for Differentiation: Bloom’s Taxonomy & Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

  • The six levels of cognitive thinking of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • The four levels of rigor from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

Section 3 Part B – Frameworks for Differentiation: Analyzing the Standard for Bloom’s & Webb’s

  • Assessing the Bloom’s Cognitive Level and Webb’s DOK of your standard
  • How Bloom’s and Webb’s can help you in the planning process for differentiating your instruction to meet the needs of all learners

Section 4 – Differentiating Content, Process, & Product

  • How to choose what to differentiate and form appropriate groups based on student needs
  • How to differentiate the content within a lesson
  • How to differentiate the process through which students learn
  • How to differentiate the product that students complete to demonstrate their knowledge

Section 5- The Importance of Assessment & Documentation

  • Three times when differentiation can occur in a lesson, and three methods for differentiating
  • The importance of regular assessments in order to track student progress
  • The importance of keeping accurate records of assessment and modification data
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 27 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These include:

  • Planning for Differentiation Reflection Tool with Sample
  • Content Analysis Worksheet with Sample
  • Guide to the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Guide to Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Rigor & Cognition Analysis Worksheet with Sample
  • Choosing a Method of Differentiation Matrix
  • Differentiation Strategies
  • Differentiation Reflection Tool with Sample
  • Flexible Grouping Planning Template with Sample
  • Classroom Differentiation Tracking Tool with Sample
  • IEP or 504 Required Differentiation Planning Template with Sample
  • IEP or 504 Required Modification/Accommodation Tracker with Sample
  • Differentiation Planning Template with Sample
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Sample
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  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 30 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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