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 ...because one size does not fit all


To meet the needs of every student, differentiation is the unifying focus of professional learning throughout the district.  Coaches facilitate professional learning at the building and district level.  With the support of their coaches, teachers practice differentiated instruction strategies based on their readiness and learning. Colleagues collaborate to address student learning needs.  Teacher leaders emerge.  Principals demonstrate their commitment to and expectations for differentiation by actively communicating with other administrators, coaches, students, parents, and teachers.

Differentiation is a teacher's response to learner's needs shaped

by Mindset and guided by general principles of


Respectful Tasks  



High Quality Curriculum   

  Teaching    Up 



Flexible Grouping    

Continual Assessment   



Building Community   

  Teachers can differentiate through

Content and/or    Process  and/or   Product and/or    Affect  and/or    Learning Environment   

According to students'

   Readiness and/or    Interest   and/or    Learning Profile  


Through a variety of instructional strategies such as:


Anchor Activities

ASCD Presentations


Best Practices and Assessments for Learning

Bloom's Questions for DI

Checks for Understanding/Status of the Class Checks


Daily Five

Data-driven DI

Essential Questions  


Formative Assessment and DI

Formative Assessments

Games can be DI

Graphic Organizers

Implementing DI in Your School (pdf) (presentation)

Independent Studies 

Interest and Learning Style Inventories

KUD- Know, Understand, Do

Learning/Interest Centers  and Stations    Mrs. Fortel's management and set up video for Stations and Centers

Learning Contracts

Learning Profile Surveys

Low Prep Strategies

Managing DI and Building a Class

The Matrix

Mindset Surveys for Teachers and Students

Mindset Presentation

Mini Grant Application

Multiple Intelligences







Question Cubes


RAFTsOnline RAFT interactive

Scaffolding Instruction

Six Hats or Six Stars 

Sternburg's Learning Profile

Tech Tips and DI

Think Dots

Thinking Maps and DI



Dr. Tomlinson's Greeting

Dr. Tomlinson on Assessment  

Understanding By Design                    

Web Quests

                                                                                 Additional Resources 

See our Elementary DI Lessons, Middle School DI Lessons High School DI Lessons Best Practices and Assessments for Learning, and District Differentiated Instruction Blog




Chart by Carol Ann Tomlinson


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