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Differentiation Is an Expectation

A School Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation, 1st Edition

By Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, Daniel Weckstein

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144 pages

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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

More…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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EDUCATION / General