Our Focus for the Back to School 2013 Edition...
Effective Instruction for Diverse Learners

Back to School!  Teachers and students are rested, the weather is cooling off, and we are ready for a great new school year!  What a perfect topic to kick off the 2013-14 school year - Effective Instruction!  Inclusive schools are focused on closing the persistent achievement gap, engaging all students, and building a more positive school climate.  While a number of our issues planned for this school year will focus on student engagement, social inclusion, and school climates that support and encourage students, this issue provides our subscribers with several great resources designed to improve instructional delivery and outcomes for diverse learners.

Check out the excellent materials from Vanderbilt University’s Iris Center and from The University of Kansas on instructional strategies.  The word “strategy” is very important in this context because we need to be organized and purposeful when we teach so that students learn and are able to apply increasingly challenging new knowledge.  You will also enjoy the Universal Design and Adolescent Literacy strategies and resources. 

We have also highlighted one of our favorite instructional planning tools! The Instructional Design Tool (IDT) transforms the complex task of differentiating instruction into a user-friendly set of teacher decisions.  The results offer successful pathways to enable a wide variety of students to master on-grade level content.  We have provided a quick three-minute tutorial to introduce the six parts of the planning form. 

Successful inclusive classrooms ensure success for every learner.  Thankfully, wonderful educators, researchers, and practitioners have scores of resources to make this an easier and more effective task! 

Best wishes for an Inclusive School Year!


  Thank you,
  Frances Stetson, Ph.D.
  President, Stetson & Associates, Inc.

Using Learning Strategies To Enhance Student Learning
The Iris Center offers this professional learning module that outlines six steps to effectively implement any instructional strategy.

Principal Preparedness to Support Students with Disabilities and Other Diverse Learners
This policy forum document covers the increasing demands principals face as they strive to provide learning environments that support all students; the challenge between being a manager and an instructional leader; and the important role of principals for students with disabilities.
Reading Comprehension Support Tools
This matrix organizes a variety of simple tools that support reading comprehension at home or in the classroom.

CAST UDL BookBuilder
Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Stetson & Associates Differentiated Instruction Resources
Several free resources including Learning Inventories, Multiple Intelligence Assessments, Student Profiles, Web 2.0 Tools and more. 

Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning
In this free classroom resource guide, find practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, a reading list and a variety of resources.

Learning Strategies Curriculum
This online resource provides an organized scope and sequence of strategy instruction. The curriculum is divided into strands, or categories of skills.
31st Annual Closing the Gap Conference
Minneapolis, MN
October 9-11, 2-13
2013 TASH Conference
Chicago, Illinois
December 11-14, 2013
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Teaching Diverse Students Initiative

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