2nd Edition

Curriculum Compacting
A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction Through Enrichment and Acceleration

ISBN 9781618215444
Published June 30, 2016 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Curriculum compacting is one of the most well-researched and commonly used ways of differentiating instruction to challenge advanced learners. This practical and inexpensive method of differentiating both content and instruction enables classroom teachers to streamline the regular curriculum, ensure students' mastery of basic skills, and provide time for stimulating enrichment and acceleration activities. With information on the history and rationale of curriculum compacting as well as successful implementation strategies and multiple case studies, the second edition of Curriculum Compacting introduces the strategies that teachers need to understand to implement this differentiation strategy for high-potential, highly motivated, and academically talented and gifted students.

2017 NAGC Book of the Year Award Winner

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 An Overview of Curriculum Compacting Chapter 2 How to Compact Curriculum for Students Chapter 3 Replacement Activities for Students to Pursuein Time Saved by Curriculum Compacting Chapter 4 Enrichment, Acceleration, and Grouping Strategies That Enhance Curriculum Compacting Chapter 5 Compacting Challenges and Research-Based Strategies to Address These Issues Chapter 6 Successful Compacting Case Studies Chapter 7 Assessment Strategies for Measuring Content Mastery and Students’ Interests Chapter 8 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Compacting REFERENCES APPENDIX A: TOTAL TALENT PORTFOLIO APPENDIX B: INTEREST-A-LYZERS ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Joseph Renzulli is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also has served as the director of the Renzulli Center For Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development.

Deborah E. Burns, Ph.D., earned her B.S. from Michigan State University, her M.S. degree from Ashland (OH) University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In September 2018, Deb celebrated 45 years of delightful and diverse experiences within the education community.


This book offers guidance to help teachers differentiate content and instruction for all students in the regular classroom while allowing for enrichment and acceleration activities for gifted and talented students. ,Gifted Child Today, 7/1/17