So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation

Rowman & Littlefield
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How do we educate so all can learn? What does differentiation look like when done successfully? This practical guide to differentiation answers these questions and more. Based on national and international work, McCarthy shares how educators finally understand how differentiation can work. Bridging pedagogy and practice, each chapter addresses a key understanding for how good teaching practices can include differentiation with examples and concrete methods and strategies.

The book is constructed to differentiate for diverse educators: veteran of many years to the pre-service teacher, classroom teacher leader to administrator as instructional leader, and coaches for staff professional development:

  • Presents common language for staff discussing learner needs.
  • Provides structures for designing powerful learning experiences so all can learn.
  • Includes chapter reflection questions and job-embedded tasks to help readers process and practice what they learn.
  • Explore a supporting website with companion resources.

All learners deserve growth. All teachers and administrators deserve methods and practices that helps them to meet learner needs in an ever challenging education environment. Take this journey so all can learn.
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John McCarthy consults and coaches educators internationally on innovative practices that support student voice, with Differentiation a core principle. Starting out as a high school teacher, and later an adjunct professor, McCarthy has taught and witnessed learning in many settings—urban to rural communities, areas of high affluence to entrenched poverty, and cultures with a fixed mindset to havens of innovation in some of the most surprising locations.
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Rowman & Littlefield
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Published on
Feb 15, 2017
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Pages
202
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ISBN
9781475825725
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English
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Genres
Education / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects
Education / Professional Development
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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Leading for Differentiation lays out the reflective thinking and action-oriented steps necessary to launch a system of continuous professional learning, culture building, and program assessment that will allow differentiation to flourish in every classroom. Incorporating their own experienced insights, real-world examples, and practical tools, world-renowned differentiated instruction expert Carol Ann Tomlinson and change leadership authority Michael Murphy explore

* Why a move to school-wide differentiation makes so much sense for today's students and today's standards- and accountability-focused climate
* How to transform a vision for school-wide differentiation into manageable, year-by-year plans to achieve it
* How to incorporate the principles of differentiation, motivation, and adult learning into respectful, responsive, and truly effective professional learning throughout all stages of the change initiative
* How to foster and recognize growth in teachers' differentiation practices, and how to chart the impact differentiation is having on student learning
* How to recognize, understand, and respond to resistance—in both its predictable forms and surprising ones
* What school-wide differentiation looks like when it's fully established, and how to tend to it for long-term success

Leading the change to a differentiated school means creating an environment in which each individual feels valued, challenged, supported, and part of a team working together for success. In this book, school leaders will learn how to set the course for positive change and create the structural supports that will help teachers grow as differentiators so that their students will thrive as learners.
Looking for advice and guidance on how to implement differentiated instruction throughout your school? Learn from the experts. Administrators and teachers alike will find viable ideas and answers to questions as leaders at two schools share milestones and vignettes from their real-life experiences in converting entire faculties to this dynamic approach to teaching and learning.

The authors balance broadly applicable guidance with specific illustrations of how two schools--a middle-income elementary school and a mixed-income high school--experienced the change process in dramatically different ways. In both instances, the new approach to teaching and learning had sweeping, positive results for staff and students.

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez have combined their expertise with differentiation in schools--including professional development, research, leadership, coaching, and teaching--to highlight factors that contributed to the continuing success of school reinvention efforts such as


*Approaching change with the particular school culture in mind.
*Leading a staff toward change with appropriate pushes, pauses, and acknowledgments.
*Fostering continued growth in understanding and skill with differentiation in the classroom.
*Encouraging teachers to reinforce one another's strengths.
*Monitoring progress toward expanded flexibility in instructional approaches.
*Nurturing teacher leaders who can sustain the effort beyond one principal's tenure.
*Providing strong support and role models for deep and broad changes in the school's teaching practices and learning potential.

Every educator seeking to move beyond isolated efforts to differentiate instruction will find practical support and inspiration in this book. At the same time, you'll gain understanding about the key characteristics needed for deep, lasting instructional change that taps into the learning potential of all students in your classrooms and schools.

Educators’ most important work is to help students develop the intellectual and social strength of character necessary to live well in the world. The way to do this, argue authors Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda, is to increase the say students have in their own learning and prepare them to navigate complexities they face both inside and beyond school. This means rethinking traditional teacher and student roles and re-examining goal setting, lesson planning, assessment, and feedback practices. It means establishing classrooms that prioritize

▪ Voice—Involving students in “the what” and “the how” of learning and equipping them to be stewards of their own education.
▪ Co-creation—Guiding students to identify the challenges and concepts they want to explore and outline the actions they will take.
▪ Social construction—Having students work with others to theorize, pursue common goals, build products, and generate performances.
▪ Self-discovery—Teaching students to reflect on their own developing skills and knowledge so that they will acquire new understandings of themselves and how they learn.

Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind. They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.

Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon take an in-depth look at assessment and show how differentiation can improve the process in all grade levels and subject areas. After discussing differentiation in general, the authors focus on how differentiation applies to various forms of assessment--pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment--and to grading and report cards. Readers learn how differentiation can


--Capture student interest and increase motivation
--Clarify teachers' understanding about what is most important to teach
--Enhance students' and teachers' belief in student learning capacity; and
--Help teachers understand their students' individual similarities and differences so they can reach more students, more effectively

Throughout, Tomlinson and Moon emphasize the importance of maintaining a consistent focus on the essential knowledge, understandings, and skills that all students must acquire, no matter what their starting point.

Detailed scenarios illustrate how assessment differentiation can occur in three realms (student readiness, interest, and learning style or preference) and how it can improve assessment validity and reliability and decrease errors and teacher bias.

Grounded in research and the authors' teaching experience, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom outlines a common-sense approach that is both thoughtful and practical, and that empowers teachers and students to discover, strive for, and achieve their true potential.

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