Motivating Underachievers Using Response to Intervention and Differentiated Instruction

Presented by: Carolyn Coil

Assisting underachievers before a pattern of failure becomes engrained can lead to improved student success in school. In this course educators learn to identify the prototypical causes of underachievement such as low self-esteem and peer pressure, identify underachievers in the classroom, including gifted students, and select specific research-based interventions to target those students, using the three-tier Response to Intervention (RTI) system to reverse a pattern of underachievement. Through the combined efforts of differentiated instruction (DI) and RTI, educators become flexible planners providing viable choices and monitor progress to identify academic strengths to motivate progress. The course also includes the crucial role of flexible groupings as an essential strategy and studies compacting, scaffolding, and tiering strategies. For classrooms with a range of learning preferences, educators learn techniques to accommodate them and then how to monitor students’ progress within and beyond those preferences.


45 Clock Hours $279 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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Carolyn Coil

Carolyn Coil

Carolyn Coil, who earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Florida, is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer, consultant and educator. Dr. Coil works with teachers, parents and students offering practical strategies for raising student achievement, differentiating curriculum, implementing a variety of assessment strategies, and dealing with the problems and challenges associated with preparing ourselves and our children for living and working in the 21st Century. Dr. Coil has worked in the field of education and training for over 30 years. She currently teaches courses in gifted and talented education and does workshops for schools and school districts on a wide variety of topics. She has been an adjunct professor at several different universities and has worked in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bermuda, the Marshall Islands, Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Croatia, and South Korea.