Curriculum compacting is one of the most well-researched and commonly used ways of differentiating instruction to challenge advanced learners. This quick reference guide provides educators with a brief history and rationale of curriculum compacting, as well as strategies and ways to implement this practical and inexpensive method of differentiating both content and instruction. The strategies included enable classroom teachers to streamline the regular curriculum, ensure students’ mastery of basic skills, and provide time for stimulating enrichment and acceleration activities. With its concise format, this guide is perfect for educators new to curriculum compacting or those looking for an at-a-glance review of major components.
Sally M. Reis, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, and a Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She currently holds the Letitia Neag Chair in Educational Psychology.
Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D., is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and was selected by the university as one of its Distinguished Professors.