1st Edition

Differentiation Is an Expectation A School Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation

    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    Turn your school into a place where every child achieves. This book provides leaders with all that they need to promote differentiation in their schools and districts. Through research and first-hand experience, the authors have identified effective strategies for hiring differentiation-minded staff members, communicating the need for differentiation to all stakeholders, motivating teachers to differentiate, and using differentiated teacher evaluation to effect change.

    Contents include:

    • First Things First: What is Differentiation?
    • Can Differentiation Work in a High-Need School or District?
    • Change Agents are Knowledgeable Leaders: The Value of a Professional Learning Community
    • Evaluating Teacher Differentiation and Differentiating Teacher Evaluation
    • Hiring the Best Teachers for the Job

    A valuable resource for principals and other leaders, this book will serve as the go-to-guide to assist you on your journey in embedding differentiation into the culture of your school or district.

    Meet the Authors
    1. Introduction: Why Would You Read This Book?
    First Things First: What Is Differentiation?
    Who Are We and Why Would You Listen to Us?
    Can Differentiation Work in a High-Need School or District?
    What Can You Expect from This Book
    Research and Data
    2. Foundations of Change: District, School, and Teacher Goals
    Core Values: A Necessity
    3. Change Agents Are Knowledgeable Leaders: The Value of a Professional Learning Community
    Professional Learning Communities
    4. Beckoning: "Light" Strategies
    Fire and Light Metaphor
    Teacher Leadership
    Professional Development
    5. Pushing: "Fire" Strategies
    "Fire" Strategies
    Differentiated Supervision
    Evaluating Teacher Differentiation and Differentiating Teacher Evaluation
    "Required Choice" Professional Development
    The Toxic 2
    6. Assessment, Instruction, Materials, and Technology: Tools to Support Differentiation
    Assessment: The Linchpin of the Differentiated Classroom
    Differentiated Instructional Approaches
    Instructional Materials Aligned to Differentiation
    Technology to Support the Differentiated Classroom
    Differentiated Programming
    7. Communicate! Communicate! And Then Communicate Some More!
    Which Stakeholders Need to be Informed?
    What Do They Need to Know?
    What Methods Will be Used to Inform Them?
    8. Staffing
    How Do You Hire the Best?
    New Teacher Orientation
    Mentoring the New Teacher
    9. Jungle to Greenhouse
    Recognize the Importance of Differentiation
    Set Goals
    Learn Together
    Develop Teacher Leaders


    Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt has served since 2005 as director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Oakwood City School District in Ohio. Previously, she served as an elementary school principal and district instructional specialist in Norwood, Ohio, an urban Appalachian community near Cincinnati. Prior to that, she taught middle and high school students in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She earned her PhD in educational leadership at Miami University of Ohio and her MEd from Vanderbilt University. She has presented at a number of state and national conferences. Kim currently serves as president of OhioASCD. She has been selected as a 2010 Emerging Leader by ASCD. She was also recognized as a 2001 Atlanta Journal/Constitution Georgia Honor Teacher. Daniel K. Weckstein has served as principal of Oakwood Junior High School since 2007. He served for seven years as assistant principal of Hopewell Junior School in Lakota Local Schools, a very large suburban district near Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his service in junior high school administration, Dan taught at the junior high level for five years. In addition to having the opportunity to present at multiple national conferences, Dan was honored as an ASCD Scholar at the 2010 ASCD annual conference. He earned his bachelor&'s degree from Indiana University and his master's degree from Xavier University. Dan lives in Oakwood with his wife, Kellie, and their children, Collin and Casey.