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Leadership for Differentiating Schools and Classrooms

“Excellent class for administrators to become familiar with Differentiated Instruction. [The class] provides an opportunity to build common vocabulary. Administrators need to know what their teachers are learning so they can provide the necessary supports for Differentiated Instruction implementation.”

For Principals, Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, Special Ed Directors, Teacher Leaders etc…

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Course Description

Expert educators teach individuals the most important things in the most effective ways. The term “differentiation” simply means attending to the needs of a particular student or small group of students rather than the more typical pattern of teaching the class as though all individuals in it were basically the same.

This course will assist instructional leaders as they encourage and support teachers who are striving to match their instructional approaches to the needs and interests of every student. It will also assist administrators as they work with educators who are hesitant or reluctant to differentiate curriculum and instruction for their students. The work of leading authorities will be examined and will take participants through the process of moving schools and districts toward differentiated classrooms. Differentiation policies, leadership practices, staff development approaches and communication strategies that help schools address the needs of all students will be explored throughout the course.

Course Texts:

Leadership for Differentiating Schools and Classrooms, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Susan Demirsky Allan (ASCD)
Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom, Carolyn Coil (Pieces of Learning)


About the Instructor

Judy Hart Rhoads is presently the Acceleration/Enrichment Coordinator (K–12) for the Geneva School District in Illinois. Judy graduated from Northern IL Univ. with a Bachelors & Masters degree. Her gifted verification certification was granted in 1989. She presently serves as an IL gifted verification trainer. Judy works for Susan Winebrenner’s “Education Consulting Service”, which allows her to teach courses like this one around the country.