Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development Term Paper by Nicky

Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development
An examination of the role of the superintendent in promoting professional development and the teaching methods of differentiated instruction.
# 149439 | 1,526 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2011 in Education (Administration) , Education (Teaching Methods)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper explores how the superintendent can develop a comprehensive plan for differentiation of instruction. The paper defines differentiated instruction and looks at the various methods of differentiated instruction in the classroom as well as the role of the public, teachers, administrators and/or others in developing the planning process. The paper discusses how it is the responsibility of the superintendent to make sure that all teachers are on the receiving end of the proper professional development to effectively incorporate and implement differentiated instruction into the school's classrooms.

Definition of Differentiated Instruction
Methods of Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
Professional Development and Differentiated Instruction
Assistive Technology and Differentiated Instruction
Role of Superintendent in Differentiated Instruction
Needs Assessment
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"In order to understand what is specifically needed in the area of professional development by the teachers in a school district, a needs assessment can be conducted and is suggested in the work entitled: "Empowering Students to Succeed" to be integral to the implementation of differentiated instruction that is successful in assisting and supporting the learning of students and the differentiation of classroom instruction.
"For example, it is reported that the school system in the study being reported found in its needs assessment on differentiated learning that the teachers in the study were found "following a series of focus groups involving K-12 staff and administration to have a need to "gain knowledge and understanding of key concepts of differentiated instruction. (ELL Students and Special Needs Students).
"The performance indicators stated were "By August 2006, 15% of staff members will have participated in professional developing dealing with ELL and special needs students in the regular classroom." (2008) Therefore, it is important that in the process of differentiated instruction that the teachers and administrators participate in focus groups for the purpose of identifying the specific areas that are in need of professional development to support classroom differentiation in learning."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bellai, Mariann (2008) Professional Development Plan. Schenectady City Schools. Online available at: http://www.schenectady.k12.ny.us/ProfessionalDevelopment/ProfDevPlan08.pdf
  • Corley, Mary Ann (2005) Differentiated Instruction: Adjusting to the Needs of All Learners. Focus on Basics Vol. 7 Issue C March, 2005. National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy.
  • Differentiated Instruction (2007) Council for Exceptional Children. News & Issues. Arlington, Virginia. Online available at http://www.cec.sped.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Differentiated_Instruction&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=24&ContentID=4695
  • Empowering Students to Succeed (2007) Title II Professional Development Plan. Dekalb County School System 2006-2007. Online available at: http://www.dekalbk12.org/TitleIIplan.doc
  • Heacox, D. (2002). Differentiating instruction in the regular classroom: How to reach and teach all learners, grades 3-12. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development (2011, December 14) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/differentiated-instruction-and-professional-development-149439/

MLA Format

"Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development" 14 December 2011. Web. 27 May. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/differentiated-instruction-and-professional-development-149439/>