Academic journal article Childhood Education

Differentiation Is an Expectation: A School Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Differentiation Is an Expectation: A School Leader's Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation

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DIFFERENTIATION IS AN EXPECTATION: A School Leader's Guide To Building a Culture of Differentiation. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt & Daniel K. Weckstein. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 2011. 135pp. $34.95. If you are a district leader, school principal, grade level lead teacher, or staff developer, Hewitt and Weckstein provide an informative resource about how to build a culture of differentiation within your learning community. In this nine-chapter book, the authors share a school district's experiences, strategies, and success in creating an environment that accommodated differentiation. The authors provide valuable and practical ways to present, support, and implement differentiation.

Each chapter begins with objectives that clearly state what will be covered in the following pages, and concludes with a summary of the main points and key ideas. The book contains actual district and school documents and forms, as well as literary references, which provide the reader with tangible and practical ideas that can be implemented. Also scattered throughout the book are examples and excerpts, as well as details of how one school district triumphed in its efforts to emphasize differentiation.

The authors state than an expectation of differentiation can be established by focusing on the learning community's fundamental vision, mission, core values, and goals. …

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