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1. Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Find the strength and uniqueness in every child!

Differentiated instruction enables teachers to plan strategically so they can meet the needs of each and every student in today's highly diverse classroom.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies presents the practical techniques and processes that teachers can use to adjust learning based on individual students' knowledge, skills, experience, preferences, and needs. The most recent and best practices in pedagogy--the ones that make a real and positive difference in student achievement--are explored in-depth, including:

  • Creating a climate for learning
  • Knowing the learner
  • Assessing the learner
  • Adjusting, compacting, and grouping
  • Instructional strategies for student success

A variety of curriculum approaches, including Centers, Projects, Problem-Based Learning, Inquiry Models, and Contracts are all featured, complete with explanations and examples. A planning model is included as well, to help teachers make the right decisions about instruction and assessment on an individual basis.
 



2. Strategies for Teaching Inside the Block Schedule

Block scheduling helps students to delve more deeply into the content and skills they are trying to master. This session is designed to examine quality learning experiences for students in extended periods of instructional time. Explore researched best practices and brain compatible strategies that increase achievement and engage learners. Learn how to chunk learning segments that support knowledge and skills embedded in targeted standards.
 



3. Using Professional Learning Communities to Support Differentiated Instruction in Your School

We know that dialog and problem solving in the context of social interaction are essential when people are learning new skills, considering a change in methods, adding or substituting new strategies. Learn how to use Professional Learning Communities to maximize the implementation of Differentiated Instruction through building trust, deprivatizing practice and keeping focused on the development of knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be successful.
 



4. Differentiated Instructional Strategies in Practice.

Administrators need to support the implementation of differentiation in their schools. Learn strategies to help develop a shared understanding of the concept, clarify the elements involved and foster a climate of support in a risk-free environment. In this interactive session participants will engage in strategies and processes that can be used with faculty to support and create conditions necessary for exploring differentiation and trying new strategies of assessment, instruction and curriculum. Change management strategies related to implementation will also be shared

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • clarify the concept of differentiation
  • identify the elements of differentiation
  • explore strategies to foster and manage change and implementation of differentiation in the classroom and school
     

 

5. Effectively Support & Mentor Staff While Differentiating Instruction

How do we provide pressure and support of teachers who are implementing differentiated instruction? Considering the ‘big picture’ of differentiation and the need for adults to be autonomous and purposeful in their implementation learn the strategies and techniques that keep people moving forward. How do we lead for the transfer of differentiated instruction from the workshop to the classroom?

Using professional learning Communities to support Differentiated Instruction in Your school

We know that dialog and problem solving in the context of social interaction are essential when people are learning new skills, considering a change in methods, adding or substituting new strategies. Learn how to use PLC’s to maximize the implementation of Differentiated Instruction through building trust, deprivatizing practice and keeping focused on the development of knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be successful.
 



6. Data Driven Instruction in the Standards Based Classroom

When considering the diversity of learners in classrooms today and the quest to leave no child behind it is essential that we consider available data to tailor learning in response to students’ abilities, interests and learning styles so that all may reach expectations. In this session participants will learn how to collect data to assess the classroom climate and know the learner better. Beginning with targeted expectations teachers will design pre-assessments so that data may be used in planning. Formative and summative techniques for assessment will be explored so that data may continually guide learning. Curriculum planning based on data and chunking of lessons will be examined. You will learn how to adjust assignments as a result of data about student readiness, interests and learning profiles.. Research based instructional strategies that show most promise for student learning when used in lesson planning will be shared.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • examine strategies to collect data on classroom climate
  • explore techniques to collect data about the learners
  • design pre, summative and formative assessments to obtain data
  • create curriculum designs based on targeted expectations
  • adjust assignments and groups based on data
  • explore research-based instructional strategies
  • design lessons based on standards and data collected
     

 

7. Brain Compatible Assessment

Assessment is the ‘breakfast of champions’. Without feedback we can’t get better at what we are trying to accomplish. Grades do not help students as much as information about what they are doing well and what needs to be improved. Examine your assessment practices related to the lastest research on assessment and learning.

Learn more ways to collect data and provide feedback, as well as adjust assignments and differentiate instruction.
 


 

8. Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom: What Administrators Should Know

Differentiation is not just a method of teaching but a philosophy that should guide teachers’ decision- making and planning. Assessment is crucial if we are differentiating to respond to the readiness , interests and learning profiles of students. Learn how to help teachers use ongoing assessment data to make instructional decisions.



9. Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Student Growth & Achievement K-6

The session will focus on the relevant brain research and offer specific instructional and assessment strategies for elementary students of both genders. Explore 9 research -based strategies to increase your repertoire and student achievement in your literacy classroom. What are the key elements in fostering functional, content, technological and innovative literacy?

Learn how to

  • Pre-assessing diverse learners for literacy skills, competencies, learning styles, and learning gaps
  • Implementing a broad array of high-payoff and developmentally appropriate strategies to move all students to the next stage in their literacy learning
  • Creating units, lessons, and adjustable assignments that address all four competencies in literacy learning in the differentiated classroom
     

 

10. Differentiating with Style

If students aren’t learning the way we teach we must teach them the way they learn.

Make the right choices for the diverse learners in your classroom by differentiating instruction for learning styles, thinking styles, and multiple intelligences. Learn strategies to gather data and create learning profiles in order to respond to the diversity in classrooms today.

Examine techniques to challenge thinking and creativity in all students.

 


 

11. Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science K-8 (60 min)

In this session you will learn key strategies for increasing science achievement and fostering inquiring minds. These strategies will match student developmental needs, are brain compatible, and increase inquiry based thinking and learning.
 


 

12. Teacher Teams That Get Results

61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities

Sustaining results-oriented team efforts is hard work, and achieving diversified solutions to complex issues over time requires commitment and creativity. Focusing on the where, what, why, how, and when to use each of the 61 strategies, learn to use the tools your team needs to succeed. You will learn to:

  • Create and sustain a growth-oriented climate that encourages feedback and builds trust
  • Share knowledge and skills to expand and optimize results
  • Build resilience, develop creative solutions, and manage change
  • Determine priorities and create excellence when goal setting, tying data to practice, and analyzing results