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Defining Differentiation in Today’s Classroom by Mike Lubelfield (Discovery Education). As a superintendent, I strive to put structures in place that enable our students to reap the benefits of being in the right place at the right time. The only way to do that is to ensure that every classroom is the right place all the time. Educators have a single school year to make a difference for students. Students only have one chance to experience each grade. This means we have just 180 days per year to facilitate impactful learning. We don’t get do overs – we have tremendous power over our students’ lives, and we have a critical responsibility to ensure that they are in the right place at the right time, set up to achieve success. 

Differentiation Does, in Fact, Work by Carol Ann Tomlinson (Education Week). Differentiated instruction is not easy, but it is good practice exercised by educators nationwide, writes Carol Ann Tomlinson, educator, author and leader of the Differentiated Instruction Cadre for ASCD Professional Learning Services. In this commentary, she responds to opinions in the article "Differentiation Doesn't Work." 

Flex Your Creative Muscle To Differentiate by Kevin Scott (ASCD). "Differentiation is critical to accommodate the needs of learners so that each is being uniquely challenged," writes Kevin Scott in this Inservice blog post. Scott also shares that, "In my experience, the best teachers I've seen were able to place differentiation into the students' hands. This may be tricky in certain situations, but allowing students to make their own choices and implementing strategies like genius hours or 20% time can make a valuable and long-lasting impression on differentiation." 

Formative assessment is the cornerstone of differentiated instruction by Andrew Miller (ASCD). "Teachers looking for new ways to improve their differentiated instruction practices should start with formative assessments," writes ASCD faculty member Andrew Miller. In a recent Inservice post, Miller shares four best practices of formative assessment that educators can leverage to drive differentiation

Learner Interest Matters: Strategies for Empowering Student Choice by John McCarthy (Edutopia). Students' interests can help educators develop differentiated learning experiences, education consultant John McCarthy writes in this blog post. He highlights the advantages of student choice, tools teachers can use to tap into student interests and tips to manage student-driven assignments. 

My Journey Towards a Differentiated Classroom by Kristina Doubet (ASCD). "Wanting to be the best teacher you can be means that you never fully 'arrive,' " writes ASCD Faculty member Kristina Doubet. In a recent Inservice post, Doubet discusses her journey toward a differentiated classroom and shares tips on how educators can incorporate differentiated instruction into their classrooms. 

Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students by Josh Work (Edutopia)

What’s the dif? Personalization, differentiation, individualization by Adisack Nhouyvanisvong (SmartBlog). Teachers should draw a clear distinction among personalization, differentiation and individualization when considering the best teaching strategy for their students, according to Adisack Nhouyvanisvong, an educator and entrepreneur. In this blog post, Nhouyvanisvong defines each approach and offers suggestions on how to use assessment for learning. 




Demystifying Creativity: Four Ways To Easily Foster Student Creativity by Kevin Parr (ASCD Inservice)




Personalized literacy: Insights from champions in the field by Todd Brekhus (SmartBlog). A number of education leaders in this blog post by Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital, share their thoughts and insights into personalized literacy. "The ability to personalize a student's reading environment is the differentiator when it comes to engaging students in their learning, enabling them to be accountable for their education and celebrating successes," Brekhus writes. 



Differentiated instruction works: How and why to do DI (ASCD). 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. On this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, Sean Slade, ASCD's director of whole child programs, differentiation expert Carol Ann Tomlinson, and more explore what differentiated instruction is and explain how real teachers are applying differentiation principals and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners. Listen to the podcast. 




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