Differentiating UP: Strategies to Engage and Challenge All Learners
August 11, 18, and 25 2022
How do we get students motivated, interested, and engaged in working through complex problems that require the thinking and learning tools of the 21st century? All students come to the classroom with interests and talents that are rarely put to practice. They may seem unmotivated to interact with the content because they do not see the connections, worth and value of the curriculum. Therefore, teachers need strategies and techniques to differentiate “up” curriculum and instructional practices. In this series of three 1-hour sessions, you will actively engage in developing concept-driven instruction, advanced levels of questioning, and varied instructional strategies designed to challenge your students. Whether working with advanced level learners or learners who need additional challenge, this series of sessions will provide you with many tools to challenge your students.
As a result of this series:
Participants will know specific techniques of differentiation
Participants will be able to apply a variety of learning techniques to extend curriculum
Participants will be able to infuse culturally responsive pedagogy for diverse learners
Participants will be able to design concept-driven essential learning expectations
Participants will be able to infuse complexity of sophisticated levels of questioning
Participants will be able to assist students in developing products that have value to others
Participants will understand the concepts of effective teaching and efficient learning processes for gifted/advanced students
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant/coach, who has collaborated with schools throughout the United States and internationally. His educational experience ranges from classroom teaching, building and program administration, curriculum, and professional development. He authored Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century (2017); Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn (2016) and Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (Co-Author, 2020).