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Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design : Connecting Content and Kids

By Carol Ann Tomlinson, Jay McTighe, The ASCD

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 30, 2013


Discover how two of education's most powerful frameworks can team up to provide your school with a comprehensive and in-depth approach to ensure all students are learning at maximum levels.

The leading experts on Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design explain how to connect these two approaches and use their combined power to:

  • Meet content standards and prepare for high-stakes tests while providing students with multiple learning pathways.
  • Use the backward design approach to develop curriculum units and lessons that can be differentiated in response to students' different readiness levels, abilities, and learning styles.
  • Combine drill and practice with differentiated performance tasks to inspire understanding of content.
  • Create a fair, criterion-referenced assessment approach that supports standards and differentiation.

Find out how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding, integrated with instructional approaches that emphasize reaching every learner, can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets and more flexible ways to reach them.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: UbD and DI: An Essential Partnership


Chapter 2: What Really Matters in Teaching? (The Students)


Chapter 3: What Really Matters in Learning? (Content)


Chapter 4: What Really Matters in Planning for Student Success?


Chapter 5: Considering Evidence of Learning in Diverse Classrooms


Chapter 6: Responsive Teaching with UbD in Academically Diverse Classrooms


Chapter 7: Teaching for Understanding in Academically Diverse Classrooms


Chapter 8: Grading and Reporting Achievement


Chapter 9: Bringing It All Together: Curriculum and Instruction Through the Lens of UbD and DI


Chapter 10: Moving Forward to Integrate UbD and DI