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Planning for Differentiation:

From Students with Disabilities & Special Needs to the General Education Population

Course Number:

MT144

PD Hours:

14 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Special Education/Needs, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(14 Hours) In this course, participants will learn how to analyze grade-level expectations during the lesson planning process, in order to select the appropriate methods of differentiation for a range of student types, including students with disabilities and special needs. This course will cover how to effectively use Bloom’s taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to maintain appropriate levels of rigor when planning differentiated lessons and explain various methods of assessment and documentation.

Course Objectives:

  • 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

Resources Included

Course includes 27 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Course Sections What You Will Learn

In this course, participants will learn how to analyze grade level expectations during the lesson planning process, in order to select the appropriate methods of differentiation for a range of student types, including students with disabilities and special needs. This course will cover how to effectively use Bloom’s taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to maintain appropriate levels of rigor when planning differentiated lessons and explain various methods of assessment and documentation.

You Will Learn:

  • What differentiated instruction looks like in the classroom and how to reflect on your current differentiation practices
  • How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy as well as Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to plan lessons that meet content standards with appropriate levels of rigor and scaffolding
  • How to track student progress to ensure that your differentiation is guiding students to content mastery
  • How to document the modifications you make in order to meet the legal requirements of IEP/504 plans and to guide future instruction

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

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?


Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 14 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
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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

Resources Included 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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