Supporting Students with Diverse Learning Needs

The graduate describes how instructional strategies and a multitiered systems of supports (MTSS) framework help ensure that instruction and interventions align to the individual learning needs of students in a variety of placements.

2045.3.5 : Additional School Services

The graduate implements appropriate curriculum and instruction that enables students with exceptionalities to achieve success academically and achieve their potential.



School principals are responsible for setting expectations for providing all students with an inclusive and supportive school environment. This includes gifted and talented students and students with unique challenges. In this task, you will assume the role of a middle school principal and prepare a presentation for faculty that discusses how differentiated instruction (DI), universal design learning (UDL) and multiple tiered systems of support (MTSS) can be incorporated into daily classroom lesson planning in order to support specific groups of students.



As the principal of George Madison Middle School, you are preparing to present to faculty a new school-wide initiative to adopt and incorporate differentiated instruction (DI), universal design learning (UDL) and multiple tiered systems of support (MTSS) into daily classroom lesson plans to better support the following three groups of students:

•   students in a gifted and talented program

•   students who are homeless

•   students from a migrant family



Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

A.  Based on the scenario, create a presentation with speaker notes, by doing the following:

1.  Describe the following instructional practices:

•   differentiated instruction (DI)

•   universal design learning (UDL)

•   multitiered systems of support (MTSS)

a.  Explain the application of each instructional practice in a classroom.

2.  Describe three challenges typically encountered by each of the three groups of students from the scenario.

a.  Describe how each instructional practice from part A1 can be used to support each group of students.

b.  Explain your expectations for your faculty for incorporating the instructional practices from part A1 into daily classroom lesson plans, including one expectation for each instructional practice.
B.  Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.
C.  Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.