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MTSS Core Component 1: Differentiated Instruction

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). These Web resources support adapting general education, or Tier 1 classroom instruction to improve student learning through optimal access and participation strategies with high expectations for all students.

The following Web sites provide resources to provide equal access to Tier 1 academic curriculum and optimize student engagement through instructional practices that address the barriers and strengths of individual students.

  1. Assistive Technology External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides multiple resources on assistive technology for students with learning disabilities in school and life settings. Includes Tech Finder External link opens in new window or tab. to help find expert-approved apps and games for children. Understood External link opens in new window or tab..
  1. CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides educators with definitions, models, and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

  2. Differentiating the Common Core State Standards for Gifted Students External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Provides information and resources about the teaching and learning processes necessary for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students to achieve academic and personal success. (2014) California Association for the Gifted.

  3. Differentiating Instruction: Ideas for individual differences External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides multiple strategies and resources in a searchable format for ways to adapt lessons to meet the needs of ESL/ELL, gifted students, and students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and vision impairments. TeachersFirst.

  4. Differentiated Instruction – Key to Success External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides resources such as a learning module and video examples of elementary teachers demonstrating specific strategies for whole group and small group differentiated instruction. The Meadows Center. University of Texas, Austin.

  5. DifferentiationCentral External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides reliable information and resources that will help educators deepen their understanding and enhance their practice of Differentiated Instruction. Institutes on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

  6. Gifted & Talented Education
    Provides information for differentiating instruction through California educational programs, regulations, and resources. California Department of Education.

  7. Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides links to resources for implementing ILPs for students with and without disabilities to plan what courses to take and what activities to participate in during high school to increase their engagement and achieve their goals. (2013) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, Institute for Educational Leadership.

  8. National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides information and resources about the need, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible materials in the classroom.

  9. National Center on Universal Design for Learning External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides multiple examples and resources that help educators build UDL understanding, implementation skills, and leadership abilities.

  10. Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies External link opens in new window or tab.
    Enables classroom teachers to accommodate diverse learners through peer-assisted reading and math strategies. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

  11. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 0:03:38)
    Provides an overview of UDL and explores the ways teachers can use this approach to reach all of their students. Maryland Learning Links introduction video.

  12. Universal Design for Learning: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides an online module on the principles of UDL and examples of implementation in the classroom. It utilizes a case example to highlight goals, instructional materials and methods, and assessment considerations when implementing UDL. IRIS Center and U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  13. Using Instructional Routines to Differentiate Instruction: A Guide for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides 72 formatted activities called Instructional Routines, which provide structure for teaching specific reading skills (2012). Center on Instruction, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (ED).

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Questions: Jennifer Moreno | jmoreno@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5505 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 19, 2017