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Differentiated Instruction

In teaching reading, one size does not fit all. Today's schools serve children from a variety of families and backgrounds, with a variety of learning strengths and needs. Differentiated instruction is a flexible and individual approach to instruction. When a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group and varies her teaching to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction. It's not easy, but it is critical for success.

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Al Roker

Learn the warning signs for a child who may have difficulties with reading and why early intervention is so important.

Molly Ringwald

Explore the reading challenges facing kids with disabilities, and what schools across the country are doing to help them find success.

Deborah Norville

Find out how to help young readers learn to decode individual words accurately and quickly.

Professional Development Webcasts

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

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