Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly ClassroomDavid Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson

The goal of this course is to help establish and manage differentiated classrooms—without placing additional heavy burdens on teachers. Dr. David Sousa uses the latest in neuroscience research to support teaching differently and smarter rather than harder.

Current brain research is revealing so much about how the brain learns that educators can no longer ignore the implications of these discoveries for educational practice.

One of the most important applications for this new field of knowledge is the differentiated classroom, to develop strategies that allow students to succeed in classrooms that have an increasingly diverse mix of abilities, cultures, and languages.

When done correctly, differentiation emphasizes shared responsibility for learning between teacher and student—a good thing because the brain that does the work is the brain that learns!

Note: This course is not currently offered on our open enrollment calendar. To schedule a custom session for your school or district, please contact Professional Development Specialist Bonnie Williams at 1-800-767-9090 or email bwilliams@centerforlearning.org.

Performance Outcomes and Deliverables

Participants completing the Professional Development coursework will be able to:
  • Discover ways to better meet the needs of a diverse student body
  • Identify the five major components of a brain-friendly quality curriculum
  • Explain what is meant by student readiness and how teachers should respond to it
  • Describe effective strategies for managing a differentiated classroom

Graduate Credit

Registration for graduate is available after the course begins. Contact customer service (1-800-767-9090) for more information.