PENNCREST School District is requiring all teachers to differentiate their instruction to meet all levels of learners in their classrooms
In-service training, professional resource books in each library, and a Resource Binder with many articles and instructional suggestions are all ways the district is providing teacher help and support.
The district goal of using Differentiated Instruction is for every child to reach their potential.
The district definition of Differentiated Instruction is:
"Differentiated instruction is a philosophy that enables teachers to plan strategically in order to reach the needs of the diverse learners in classrooms today. Differentiated instruction is not a set of tools but a philosophy that a teacher embraces to reach the unique needs of every learner."
"A differentiated classroom is one in which the teacher responds to those needs (Tomlinson, 1999). Differentiated instruction gives a variety of options to successfully reach targeted standards, It meets learners where they are and offers challenging, appropriate options for them in order to achieve success."
"Teachers can differentiate:
-The content that students learn
-The assessment tools being used
-The performance tasks selected
-The instructional strategies used"