Differentiation is a philosophy which allows teachers to provide instruction that meets the differing academic needs of students. Students who can understand and apply concepts at a quicker pace are accelerated. Students who need more practice are provided those opportunities to learn at a varied pace.
"To be a little more precise, it means that the teacher anticipates the differences in students' readiness, differences in their interests, differences in their learning profiles, and as a result of that creates different learning options or different paths to learning so that students have the opportunity to learn as much as they can, as deeply as they can but without experiencing undue anxiety because the assignments are too taxing, or boredom because they are not challenging enough."
— Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson
In 1995 the Rockwood Board of Education provided the impetus for differentiation and acceleration by adopting Policy 2535 - Student Academic Acceleration and Regulation 2535- Student Academic Acceleration.
This policy and regulation ensures that our students are appropriately challenged according to their interests, readiness levels, and learning styles. Many components of differentiation and acceleration are in place to some degree, with teachers receiving ongoing professional development and support to assure full implementation.
For more information about differentiation and acceleration in the Rockwood School District, contact your school principal or Dr. Shelley Willott, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at 636-733-2151.