Course Description

Unlike traditional grouping, which typically puts like with like or combines students without regard to the best way to promote their individual growth, flexible grouping is both purposeful and fluid, regularly combining and recombining different students in different ways to pursue a wide range of academic and affective goals. In this course, you will learn: What it means for teachers to honor themselves, each learner, and the content they teach; how to assemble a curriculum that ignites students' imaginations and drives discovery; how to guide classroom experiences that develop the mind of each learner in accordance with that learner's marvelous individuality; and how to shape curriculum, assessment, and instruction to support both equity and excellence.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main challenges in your classroom and benefits to flexible grouping
  • Plan a unit using flexible groups and different configurations for specific learning targets
  • Analyze a unit through a learning focused lens


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: The Flexibly Grouped and Learner-Centered Classroom
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Doubet, K. (2022). The flexibly grouped classroom: How to organize learning for equity and growth. ASCD.
Tomlinson, C. A. (2021). So each may soar: The principles and practices of learner-centered classrooms. ASCD.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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