#MASSPchat 12/5 - Ensuring All Learners are Successful

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The Topic:
Differentiating is imperative for learner success and is critical if we wish to close the achievement gaps that exist within our schools. When differentiation is present educators have clarity over what we want students to be able to DO and KNOW (learning targets connected to standards) and HOW we will know they have learned it (assessment thought success criteria and performance tasks). Once this is clear we can then focus on differentiating the CONTENT, PROCESS, PRODUCT, and ENVIRONMENT.

Additional Reading: "Leadership for Differentiating Schools & Classrooms" by Carol Ann Tomlinson & Susan Demirsky Allan

Meet Our Moderator:
Steve Seward (@sewardstephen) joined the MASSP as the Associate Director in April 2016. Steve began his career as an early elementary educator, teaching both kindergarten and first grade in Thronapple Kellogg Public Schools. He then then went on to become an instructional coach in Cedar Springs Public Schools. After two years Steve began working with district administration and was named the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Steve is a National presenter in the areas of leadership, coaching, classroom pedagogy, data dialogue, Professional Learning Communities, district transformation and systems alignment.

This Week's Questions:

  1. In what ways are teachers differentiating for students with different learning needs (academic background, live experiences, language)?
  2. What are some of the interventions, courses, and/or strategies you have in place to ensure all learners are growing?
  3. What readings or professional development have staff found most useful when focusing on closing the achievement gap?
  4. What are some of the creative ways you and staff are ensuring the climate for learning creates success and ownership for all?
  5. What are some things you and staff are most proud of when thinking about the multiple ways you support learner needs?