1st Edition

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





ISBN 9781596671645
Published January 11, 2011 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors
Acknowledgements
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
Goals
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
Modeling
Professional Development
Celebration
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
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