The pandemic has highlighted what educators have always known — that students come to school with diverse needs, and benefit from flexible, inclusive instructional strategies. From English learners to students with disabilities, to students who learn better through visual cues or by connecting to their life experience, all students benefit when teachers recognize their needs and provide differentiated instruction to help them succeed. Most strategies designed for one group of students can also help others — creating modifications need not be an add-on task!
This commitment to student-centered, equitable, flexible instruction is core to everything we do at BetterLesson. So in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, this year we selected 12 expert educators from the Kansas City area who are experienced in meeting the needs of all learners. These “Master Teachers”, as we call them, met regularly as a PLC as well as 1:1 with a BetterLesson coach in order to write several instructional strategies that help educators differentiate instruction. (Read more about the project here.) This is BetterLesson’s ninth Master Teacher Project.
We’re thrilled to present a recap of the Meeting the Needs of All Learners Master Teacher Project, and invite you to share these resources with educators far and wide!
Master Teachers reflect on the Master Teacher Project.
Master Teacher Project Strategies
Check out all of our Meeting the Needs of All Learners strategies or choose from a curated list of some of our favorites.
Literacy Skills for All Subject Areas
Starting and Assessing Progress on the Lesson
Master Teacher Blogs
6 of our Master Teachers wrote blogs to highlight their perspectives and strategies.
Meeting the Needs of All Learners: Modifications that Help All Students
By Rebecca Duguid, teacher at Brookside Charter, Kansas City, MO
See all of Rebecca’s strategies
Science for All Students: Bringing the Wind and Ocean to the Classroom
By Nicole Kremer, teacher in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, KS
See all of Nicole’s strategies
Strategies for English Learners: Supporting Elementary Students with Writing
By Lori Stark, teacher at Kansas City International Academy, Kansas City, MO
See all of Lori’s strategies
Strategies for Student Voice: Motivating Reluctant Learners
By A.J. Culey, teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District, KS
See all of A.J.’s strategies
Veteran Kansas City Teacher Shares 4 Strategies for Meeting the Needs of All Learners
By Kevin Stoda, teacher in the Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City, MO
See all of Kevin’s strategies
6 of our Master Teachers created interactive online workshops to share their perspectives and strategies as a part of our spring Learning Series. All their workshops are available to watch on-demand.
Personalizing Instruction: Supporting Students to Develop an Academic Vocabulary and Making a Differentiated Toolbox
Karen Duffner, teacher at Kansas City International Academy
Cheryl Palmer, teacher in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, KS
See Karen’s strategies and Cheryl’s strategies
Collaborating with Colleagues to Meet the Needs of Learners
Cara Keaney, teacher in Shawnee Mission School District, KS
Alexandria Raine, teacher in Shawnee Mission School District, KS
See Cara’s strategies and Alex’s strategies
Teacher, Can You Hear Me?
Julian Johnson-Marshall, teacher at Delasalle Education Center in Kansas City, MO
Chloe Knowling, teacher at Crossroads Charter School, Kansas City, MO
See Julian’s strategies and Chloe’s strategies
Master Teachers introduce themselves and why it’s so important to meet the needs of all learners.