NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Differentiation and the Brain

EDUC 600

Two of the most highly regarded names in educational neuroscience and differentiation join forces to create a new model of effective teaching. In this course, Carol Ann Tomlinson and David Sousa explain how discoveries about how the brain learns enhance the basic principles of differentiation. Armed with this knowledge, teachers will be able to make the best curricular, instructional,and assessment choices to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Mindset’s effects on student learning.
  • Environment’s effects on learning.
  • High quality, brain-friendly curriculum.
  • Effective assessment strategies.
  • Differentiation strategies to meet the needs of students’ different readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
  • Effective management techniques for the differentiated classroom.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Embrace a growth mindset to affect student achievement.
  • Create a cooperative classroom environment.
  • Develop high quality curriculum.
  • Employ assessment strategies for, as, and of student learning.
  • Differentiate for readiness, interest, and learning profile.
  • Lead and manage their differentiated classrooms.