Summer 2017 ED 5724 Challenging Gifted and All Students with Cluster Grouping

This 3 semester hour online course is being offered through the Center for Leadership and Professional Development at Lake Erie College with Public Consulting Group/Knowledge Delivery System. 

REGISTRATION is a two part process 1) complete the registration with LEC. Please use your @weschools email as the district has provided it to KDS to link to your online course. 


This course may be taken for a Letter Grade or Pass/Fail. ODE and the district will accept both. You will indicate your preference how to be graded during registration. You have until Monday, June 5 to confirm how you would like your course graded.

Once you register you immediately will receive an email confirmation from Lake Erie College.


You will be receiving an email from KDS titled "Lake Erie College PCG KDS Course Registration-Summer 17 received". This email will grant you access to your online course.

PREPARING TO BEGIN YOUR COURSE This online course is asynchronous. You may complete it at your convenience. You are not required to be online at any specific times during the course. 


Syllabus Link 


This course requires a textbook; it has already been ordered it for you. Someone will contact you when they arrive at the district office.

Contact KDS at (800) 728-0032 with any technical questions 8 am-5 pm Sunday-Monday.

CONCLUDING YOUR COURSE Your access to your eClassroom will close Friday, September 29 at 11:59 pm. You may choose to finish your course earlier than this date. KDS will submit grades to Lake Erie on the 15th and 1st of each month throughout the summer. Once we receive your grade we will submit it to be processed. The College will automatically send you one copy of your official transcript to your home address. You do not need to request the transcript or pay an additional fee.

ED 5724 Cluster Grouping

Gifted students and struggling learners have much in common. Both ends of the academic bell curve deserve to have their special learning needs met. Attending to the needs of gifted students through the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM) techniques in the classroom—at all grade levels—can provide challenging curriculum options for advanced learners, lead to improved classroom behavior and, perhaps surprisingly, raise the performance of all students.

Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles introduce course participants to a variety of teaching strategies, classroom management techniques, alternative assignments including extension menus, and differentiated instructional options that help teachers meet the needs of their gifted students in the heterogeneous classroom. Participants also view classroom segments of teachers utilizing essential components of the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model. The presenters cover placement of all students, emotional issues, teacher support issues, relevant research, and how to communicate with all stakeholders.

Winebrenner and Dulles take viewers step-by-step through the process of beginning the SCGM using a two to three year plan for initial implementation. They also review aspects of flexible groupings, curriculum differentiation, and monitoring progress so that all students have the opportunity to experience continuous

SUSAN WINEBRENNER is a consultant and author who works with school districts to help them translate current educational research into classroom practice. She is president of Education Consulting Service, Inc., a speakers' bureau for educational topics, which she founded in 1986, She has taught students in mixed-ability and gifted classes. She presents workshops on a variety of topics, including Teaching Gifted Students, Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, and The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model. She also works as a consultant with individual schools and districts. She has written numerous articles for various publications, and has presented at national conferences for several educational organizations. Ms. Winebrenner teaches this online course as well as has written the textbook.

DR. BRULLES is the director of Gifted Education Services in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona where she has developed an array of gifted education programs. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, Dina serves as director of the Herberger Academy Outreach Program and teaches graduate courses in gifted education. Publications include, The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All by Free Spirit Publishing, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn: A Teachers Guide to Using the NNAT, by Pearson Assessment Inc. 


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