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Differentiated Instruction Works: How and Why to Do DI

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching in which educators actively plan and adjust for students' differences so that instruction suits and supports all students' strengths and needs. It is the process of ensuring that what a student learns, how he or she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning. There can be differentiation of content, of process, of product, and of learning environment.

On this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, ASCD's Sean Slade and guests explore what differentiated instruction is, what the necessary components of a differentiated learning environment are, and how real teachers are applying differentiation principles and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners.

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Panelists

  • Carol Ann Tomlinson is the William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. She is author of numerous books on differentiated instruction, including the second edition of The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2014) and Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom (2013). For more on successful differentiated instruction, read Tomlinson's recent commentary on Education Week.
    Tomlinson also leads the Differentiated Instruction Cadre for ASCD Professional Learning Services, which works to implement effective professional development and instruction in schools and districts nationwide. Connect with Tomlinson on her website and on Twitter @cat3y.
  • Kristina Doubet is an associate professor of middle and secondary education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. With more than 10 years of experience teaching middle and secondary English, she now prepares future middle and high school teachers for careers in the classroom. She has studied the impact of differentiated instruction on student performance in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms and authored publications on differentiation, curriculum design and formative assessment. Doubet is an ASCD Professional Learning Services Faculty member and serves as a staff developer across the country and abroad for schools and districts implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Understanding by Design® framework, and differentiated instruction.
  • Jessica Hockett is an education consultant in differentiation, curriculum design, and lesson study. She previously worked as a secondary English, social studies, and math teacher in both general education and gifted programming settings and has published a variety of articles and book chapters related to differentiation, curriculum, and advanced learners. As an ASCD Professional Learning Services Faculty member, Hockett has worked with teachers and leaders in more than 50 school districts on differentiated instruction, curriculum development using Understanding by Design®, and development of programs and services for advanced learners.

Together Doubet and Hockett are coauthoring the upcoming ASCD book Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners which will include a foreword by Tomlinson and be available in June 2015.

Differentiating instruction is not easy and teaching mastery isn't something that happens overnight. Can you recall the particular school year—or a specific class or student you had—when you felt like differentiated instruction really clicked for you and you felt yourself really excelling in your instruction?

Leader to Leader

Got Questions on Differentiated Instruction? Join the #ASCDL2L Chat!

#ASCDL2L - July 2014On Tuesday night, July 1, from 8–9 p.m. eastern time, join ASCD leaders and educators on Twitter for an #ASCDL2L chat discussing Differentiated Instruction in the 21st century. Carol Ann Tomlinson (@cat3y) will be the special guest author, 2013 Emerging Leader PJ Caposey (@MCUSDSupe) will moderate, and Education Week Teacher (@EdWeekTeacher) will be the guest host. We can' t wait to see you there!

#ASCDL2L is a Twitter conversation for education leaders with monthly chats facilitated by ASCD leaders. If you care about improving the way educators learn, teach, and lead, join the #ASCDL2L conversation. Add your voice to our online community of educators.

ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Becoming Better Listeners

Post written by Melinda Moran

At its heart, differentiation is about knowing your students—not only where they are relative to learning goals, but also who they are as learners, or better yet, as people. Because our students are really people "under construction," differentiation is most successful when we continually update our notions of who our kids are.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Identifying Technology to Support Differentiation

Post written by Melinda Sota, Ben Clarke, Nancy Nelson, Christian Doabler, and Hank Fien

Educational technology is compelling, largely because of its promising capability in enabling differentiated instruction. In a classroom of 30 students with diverse abilities, technology can allow teachers to more effectively instruct students within this wide range. However, the promise of using technology for differentiation relies on a range of high-quality information used to (1) diagnose students' learning needs, (2) map those learning needs onto the program's objectives, and (3) evaluate the evidence for the program.

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Klea Scharberg

Revisiting The Differentiated Classroom: Looking Back and Ahead with Carol Ann Tomlinson

The Differentiated Classroom, 2nd Edition - ASCDCarol Ann Tomlinson in an exciting, free webinar as she discusses differentiated instruction and how it enriches both teachers and students.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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Kit Harris, ASCD Research

ED Pulse Poll Results: Which Attributes Best Reflect Personalized Learning?

ASCD continually seeks to provide solutions to the challenges that face educators of all levels. Recently, the ASCD SmartBrief ED Pulse poll asked readers about the attributes of personalized learning.

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Thomas R. Hoerr

Teacher Evaluation and the Whole Child

We measure what we value. This is true in how we spend our time, where we focus our efforts, and how we evaluate our teachers. Believing that educators must embrace the whole child—we must be sure that a child is healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged—then how should that affect our approach to teacher evaluation? Don't misunderstand me: academic skills are terribly important, and teachers, principals, and schools are judged on how children perform on multiple-choice tests. We can mourn that (and I do), but it is a reality. But it can't be the whole reality. As we prepare students to succeed in the real world, not just to do better on their tests next year than they did this year, we must bring a whole child approach to how we view our students.

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