Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Middle School

Presented by: Rick Wormeli

In this course, educators will learn tools to create lesson plans and assessment systems that enable them to prepare students for standard testing and still offer differentiated instruction that respects their different needs and individuality. Quality pre-assessments will help shape the differentiating teacher’s instructional choices and processes while formative assessment takes a primary role in the differentiated classroom providing feedback, documenting progress, and guiding instructional decisions. Assessments will be used 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 will acquire skills to convert assessments to nonjudgmental, criteria-referenced systems. This course is designed to manage the differentiated classroom by offering students nurturing, rigorous, fair and differentiated instruction that encourages student engagement, leading to improved academic success.


30 Clock Hours $199 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli is a National Board Certified Teacher and a columnist forMiddle Groundmagazine, published by the National Middles School Association (NMSA). Awarded in April 2008 the prestigious New England League of Middle School's James P. Garvin Award for distinguished service and the winner of Disney's American Teacher Award for English in 1996, Wormeli has an international reputation for his presentations on middle-level education, innovation, and teacher professionalism. The author of Day One and Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle Level Teachers;Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6 – 12;Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom; andMeet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher, he consults for National Public Radio,USA Today, and the Smithsonian Institute.