Reaching All Artists through Differentiation

Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation

Differentiation is no longer a teaching strategy for the ambitious in education. Rather, it’s an expectation for everyone, including the art educator. There are so many ways to meet student needs through a variety of types of differentiation, and it can be fun! Your students will experience success in developmentally appropriate activities, which will increase their engagement in art.

During this course, you will learn to use the appropriate tools to maximize learning for all students: gifted learners, English language learners, special education students, struggling students while acknowledging their unique interests. An important component of this approach is to modify your lessons and assessments. You will conclude the course with a toolkit of applicable strategies for your classroom.

Participants in this class will need a digital or hard copy of the book “Differentiated Instruction in Art” by Heather Fountain.

ISBN: 978-16152-8122-0

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 1 Dec 7
Feb 1 Mar 31
Mar 1 Apr 30
Apr 1 May 31
May 1 Jun 30
Only 8 days remaining to enroll in this course.
All courses will be 2 months long starting January 1, 2019
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE018
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  • Manage the logistics of a differentiated art room, no matter how many students you serve.
  • Use the latest research and examples from around the country to refine your own hybrid art curriculum.
  • Motivate even the most reluctant students and get them excited about art.
  • Revamp your lessons and optimize them for all learners.
  • Conduct interest and strength inventories to use in the art room.
  • Draw from best practices in differentiation strategies.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Introduction to Differentiation
  1. Build foundational knowledge of differentiation concepts and practices.
  2. Discuss your findings and takeaways that you may implement in your practices.
  3. Learn about the teacher’s roles in the differentiated classroom.
  4. Design a student pre-assessment or interest inventory.
Week 2
Differentiated Curriculum
  1. Learn about multiple teaching strategies and instructional tools that could be used in a differentiated art classroom.
  2. Select from options in order to create an instructional tool or teaching strategy that you will implement into your teaching practice.
  3. Design a student choice board, learning menu, or web quest.
  4. Discuss findings and review assignments with the instructor and your class.
Week 3
Adapting Lessons and Formative Assessment
  1. Review and analyze differentiated lessons for elementary and secondary students.
  2. Modify an existing lesson that you teach, adding differentiation strategies.
  3. Discuss the role of formative assessment in the differentiated classroom.
  4. Create your own formative assessment classroom strategy or classroom tool.
Week 4
Differentiation for English Language Learners and Gifted Students
  1. Review and discuss strategies that best support English Language Learners in the art room.
  2. Create a vocabulary tool or adapt a classroom tool to assist your ELL students.
  3. Discuss giftedness in the art classroom and which differentiation strategies best support gifted learners.
  4. Share a detailed plan for incorporating a new strategy into your practice.
Week 5
Differentiation for Students With Special Needs and Putting It All Together
  1. Review materials focused on the arts and students with special needs.
  2. Discuss resources that will support you in your instruction.
  3. Select from options to create an adaptive art tool for students, modify an existing instructional tool, or update an assessment to better meet your students’ needs.
  4. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

Why Differentiation?

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class "Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation."

1. Research

Share three takeaways that you learned from the chapter about differentiated instruction. Be sure to cite specific examples from the reading when forming your response.

2. Discussion

In what ways are you currently using formative assessments? If you are not using formative assessment, share two ways in which you plan on incorporating such practice.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

After researching choice boards, learning menus, and web quests, you are asked to select one and craft a sample for your classroom.
Erin V.
"This is the best post-graduate course I have taken. I enjoyed how many tools I will be able to take directly into the classroom this fall. Having post graduate courses just for art educators was an answer to my teaching prayers."
Beth W.
"I truly feel more inspired and excited about teaching than I have in a long time, and it's because of this course. This class answered all my questions, was extremely relevant to my needs, and I have so many more resources and strategies at my disposal. My students will benefit from what I've learned in this course."
Katherine C.
"This course has been wonderful! So directly practical, I have new skills and knowledge that I can apply immediately. The instructor made a point to message me at the end of each unit which I appreciated. The peer feedback and sharing was exceptional and extremely useful. An amazing course - the best and most relevant PD!"

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/18)







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