Common Core Math: Differentiated Learning

Differentiation is an area of focus for the District.  In addition to the new PMS math website, teachers of all content areas are working on developing and refining strategies for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. 

Last year, a group of teachers and administrators attended a national conference on differentiated learning.  This year, building on what we learned at the conference, our teachers are working with a differentiation specialist to help develop and expand their strategies to support learners who need something different — such as different pacing of instruction, amount of and approach to delivering content, ways to show mastery of concepts, and more.  Similarly, elementary teachers are working with instructional coaches to differentiate their reading and math instruction.  Some teachers differentiate their instruction by providing project-based learning opportunities for students and by integrated their curriculum with other content areas.

As teachers review and pilot new instructional materials, the review process includes in-depth review of materials with an expectation that any new instructional materials adopted will meet the needs of learners of all levels.  Supplementary materials will be used to fill any gaps that are identified. 

Teachers routinely share online and other resources they have found to support students through differentiation.  This sharing of materials and best practices promotes and strengthens our team approach to differentiation. 

If you have questions or comments about your student’s coursework or need for differentiated instruction, please contact your student’s teacher or the District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Wozniak, at cwozniak@piedmont.k12.ca.us

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