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.
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
The guide begins with the importance
of setting a foundation of core district values and establishing organizational goals. Grounded in reality, the authors quote teachers and provide strategies for working with skeptics. —Marilyn King, Assistant Superintendent,
Bozeman Public Schools
Kimberly Kappler Hewitt and Daniel Weckstein interviewed on "The School Leader's Guide to Differentiation" in School Leadership Briefing.
Kimberly Kappler Hewitt and Daniel Weckstein on "Administrative Synergy" in The School Administrator.
Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt serves as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Oakwood City School District in Ohio, having previously served as an elementary school principal and District Instructional Specialist in Norwood, Ohio. Prior to that, she taught middle and high school students in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Miami University and her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University.
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 large suburban district near Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, Dan taught at the junior high level for five years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, and his Master’s Degree from Xavier University.