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K-12 Professionals

Differentiation and Assessment for Middle School

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

How can educators meet standards, prepare students for high-stakes testing, and still offer students differentiated instruction that respects their individuality? Educators learn the tools to create lesson plans and assessment systems that enable them first to discover and then to meet the different needs of their students. Quality pre-assessment help shape the differentiating educator’s instructional choices and processes. Formative assessment takes a primary role in the differentiated classroom providing feedback, documenting progress, and guiding instructional decisions. Educators will learn to use assessments to communicate rather than to compensate or reward, and educators will scrutinize grading systems to identify when they are unfairly norm-referenced or biased, and they will acquire the skills to convert assessments to nonjudgmental, criteria-referenced systems instead. Finally, this course prepares educators to manage the differentiated classroom by offering their students nurturing, rigorous, fair, and differentiated instruction that promotes student engagement and academic success.


After completing this course, educators will know:
•How to differentiate content, process, product, affect, and learning environment.
•How to differentiate for learning profiles, readiness, and interest.
•Assessment tools—for pre-, formative, and summative assessment—to use in a differentiated classroom.
•Student-centered discipline models.
•Classroom management techniques.
•How the adolescent brain develops and its implications for education.
•How to structure instruction to accommodate the adolescent brain.
•How the brain encodes, stores, and retrieves information.
•Methods that facilitate transfer of information to memory.


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About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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