Increasing Access to Core Instruction for All Students

We believe all students deserve access to high-quality core instruction in the least restrictive environment and that direct, explicit interventions must be provided in addition to, not instead of, core instruction. During the 2016-2017 school year, a SPDG training initiative will help SPDG districts provide professional development to teachers and administrators to increase access to the core curriculum through Universal Design for Learning (UDL), differentiated instruction, and other support for students with learning differences. Communities of Practice will also be provided to support educators as they develop enhanced proficiency to increase access to core instruction for all students.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a teaching approach to help all learners be successful. It is a set of principles and techniques for creating inclusive classroom instruction and accessible course materials. UDL also provides the opportunity for all students to access, participate in, and progress in the general-education curriculum by reducing barriers to instruction.

Differentiated Instruction (DI)

Differentiated Instruction refers to a wide variety of teaching techniques and lesson adaptations that educators use to instruct a diverse group of students. DI is the way in which a teacher anticipates and responds to a variety of students' needs in the classroom. To meet students' needs, teachers differentiate by modifying the content (what is being taught), the process (how it is taught) and the product (how students demonstrate their learning) as well as the environment (culture, expectations).

Additional Differentiated Instruction Resources

Differentiated Environments

A Differentiated environment invites learners to be comfortable with their individual learning styles and aware of the learning styles of others.

Differentiated Content

Differentiated content reflects various ways of conveying key academic concepts to diverse learners.

Reading

Math

Science

Social Studies

Differentiated Process

Process is how the learner makes sense of key facts and concepts. Students are given choices about how they show mastery during instruction.

Differentiated Product

Items a student can use to demonstrate knowledge and understand of a learning concept. Students can present evidences of their understanding in various ways.