The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, his course will help you become more familiar with the Gradual Release of Responsibility—an instructional model that gradually moves the responsibility of learning from the teacher to the student. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will analyze each component of this model and explore the roles of the teacher and the students in interacting with the lesson content.

3 Months Access / 4 Course Hrs
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In the introductory teacher professional development course, you will be introduced to the Gradual Release of Responsibility teaching model as an instructional method you can implement into your classroom. You will evaluate the step-by-step progression of instruction from direct instruction to collaboration to independent learning. You will also analyze the roles of the teacher versus the student in each component of your lesson. You will create a gradual release lesson plan by the end of the course, ready for implementation in your classroom.


  1. Creating Student ownership
    1. This introductory lesson provides an overview of the Gradual Release of Responsibility teaching model, the principle behind the method, basics of implementation, and its value as an instructional strategy.
  2. Supporting Student Learning
    1. This lesson discusses the benefits of implementing the Gradual Release of Responsibility model in the classroom and how the model supports and enhances student learning. We also delve deeper into the different steps along the gradual release pathway, including the roles of both the teacher and student.
  3. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your own gradual release plan for an upcoming lesson.
  4. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature ideas for different components of the gradual release process, and read the research behind this content.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14753