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.
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 Necessity3. Change Agents Are Knowledgeable Leaders: The Value of a Professional Learning Community
Professional Learning Communities4. Beckoning: "Light" Strategies
Fire and Light Metaphor5. Pushing: "Fire" Strategies
"Fire" Strategies6. Assessment, Instruction, Materials, and Technology: Tools to Support Differentiation
Evaluating Teacher Differentiation and Differentiating Teacher Evaluation
"Required Choice" Professional Development
The Toxic 2
Assessment: The Linchpin of the Differentiated Classroom7. Communicate! Communicate! And Then Communicate Some More!
Differentiated Instructional Approaches
Instructional Materials Aligned to Differentiation
Technology to Support the Differentiated Classroom
Which Stakeholders Need to be Informed?8. Staffing
What Do They Need to Know?
What Methods Will be Used to Inform Them?
How Do You Hire the Best?9. Jungle to Greenhouse
New Teacher Orientation
Mentoring the New Teacher
Recognize the Importance of Differentiation
Develop Teacher Leaders