|This course was well written and of high interest. Working overseas at an American school, it is of great value to me to be able to keep up with the current research and trends in education in the States.|
|Thank you - this was my first course. I loved it! I already signed up for another!|
|I felt the lessons were well thought out and organized. The information was easy to understand and interesting. I especially liked the many examples of strategies that were given throughout the lessons. The course material was relevant to all teachers today because there is such an emphasize on reaching every student. It is crucial that teachers are familiar with DI and RTI and know how to implement them in the classroom. Thanks for a great course!|
|This has really been a great course! I just started teaching three years ago, and I have had to deal with the RTI system every year. The members of our RTI group weren't very helpful, while I was learning the ropes. Now, I see why. They had no clue what they were doing! I feel like I'm no longer a novice, and hopefully will be able to help not only my students, but also the teachers I work with. Thank you so much for offering this class. I've learned a lot of "usable" information for once!!! Thanks again!|
Course Code: 4di
Learn how RTI (Response to Intervention) and DI (Differentiated Instruction) came into being, and discover how you can prepare yourself and your students to use them successfully. Then, learn ways to tailor these strategies to meet the needs of each student in your classroom.
Examine how the RTI model differs from the traditional IQ Discrepancy Model and look at how you’ll decide which tier is just right for each of your students. Then, learn how to create a DI classroom by adapting three elements of your lessons: content, process, and product. You will discover how flexible groupings and a technique called compacting allow you to teach to every skill level.
Discover ways to interweave DI and RTI when you’re assessing students, creating standards-based and child-centered instruction, and finding a way to help every learner succeed. Then, learn the benefits of all the data you will be collecting and examine different types of assessments.
Examine three types of tools you’ll use in a DI classroom: pre-assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments. You will discover that these assessments, in addition to providing you with valuable data, can be fun and effective learning tools. Then, learn all about your school’s RTI intervention team and find out how to refer students.
Learn how to evaluate interventions yourself and become aware of resources that will do the work for you. You will explore nine research-based strategies that can benefit all of your students. Then, examine ways to meet your state and district standards as you develop lesson plans that satisfy the needs of every student. You will visit a virtual campus and begin exploring how you’ll implement RTI and DI on a daily basis.
Discover how to integrate the principles of RTI and DI into math, science, reading, writing, and literature lessons. Finally, explore some fun and effective ways to foster your students’ comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. You will examine the role of parents in today’s learner-centered classrooms.
A veteran educator who has taught every grade but third, Marsha Spears has spent 35 years teaching students and training teachers. Spears earned a bachelor's and master's degree in educational administration with a specialty in curriculum and literacy development, training that would prepare her to take on the toughest of classrooms. And tough classrooms are where she made her mark, helping a wide variety of at-risk learners read with renewed confidence. Over the years, thousands of students and teachers have learned how easily they can incorporate Spears' reading techniques and activities into their daily routines.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.