Differentiation Professional DevelopmentDI
Do your teachers build instruction that helps all students grow?
PD for teachers, school, and district leaders
Our workshops leverage the 6 Elements of Differentiated Instruction to help all students deepen their learning.
Professional Development Workshops
Available Online or On-Site
Professional development (PD) for teachers, school, and district leaders is an essential component of effective Differentiated Instruction (DI) implementation. ThoughtStretchers Education helps educators understand the principles and best practices of DI and provides them with the tools and resources they need to design and implement high-quality teaching and learning to help all students learn.
Foundational Structure for Differentiated Instruction
Schools looking for a systemic implementation of Differentiation should consider having this two-day workshop. Each session can be spaced apart or done on consecutive days. Combined with on-site coaching days and virtual PLC coaching meetings can lead to a powerful impact.
Day 1: Foundational Structure for DI, Part 1
Teachers learn about the first 3 Elements of Differentiated Instruction: Content, Process, and Product. They will explore strategies, and develop strategic lessons based on the first 3 Elements.
Day 2: Foundational Structure for DI, Part 2
Learn about the final 3 Elements of Differentiated Instruction: Readiness, Interests, and Learning Preferences. They will explore how student voice & choice impact instruction through these elements, and develop strategic lessons with these lenses in mind.
Getting Started With Differentiated Instruction
Schools interested in an overview session to get teachers thinking about Differentiated Instruction should consider this one-day workshop. It is a good launch point for immediate impact and consideration for the systemic approach to Differentiated Instruction. In this overview workshop, teachers gain an overview of the 6 Elements of Differentiation. They explore strategies that can be put to immediate use.
Practical and Impactful Differentiation So All Can Learn | Online
Explore a structure for whole staff implementation of differentiation that meets the needs of all learners. Included is understanding common language and aligned strategies that support teachers’ intentional planning and implementation for meeting diverse needs. This virtual workshop is interactive as teachers engage in practical experiences and application of the learning concepts. John McCarthy is an experienced virtual learning instructor and is the author of So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation.
Effective Differentiated Instruction Through Formative Assessment
Teachers explore frameworks for understanding the whole student so as to more effectively differentiate based on the 6 elements of DI. Differentiated Instruction is effective only through good use of formative assessment.
Having talked with most of the people present, we all felt the PD went extraordinarily well–far exceeding expectations. The information you presented was impactful and helped us deepen our perspective and thinking about the process here at St. Laurence. Further, we all felt that your personality and approach are a tremendous fit for our community and are very excited to have you back to work with our full staff. After 20 years in education, I often have wide ranging feelings about PD and presenters. But it was truly a great experience Drew.
-Brian, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction
This PBL workshop really helped me understand the process of PBL because we were immersed in the process of PBL and doing the things we were being taught to apply throughout the whole three days. We created our own need to know lists, Dori did an amazing job using questions to drive our learning, we also were able to instantly put to practice everything we were learning about after the inspiration given by our facilitator.
-Jaycie, pre-k or elementary school teacher
I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.
-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher
I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from ThoughtStretchers.
-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher
You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!
-Thomas, HS teacher
Thank you for changing the way I teach!
-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher
Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!
-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher
This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.
-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher
We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!
-Shafaq Imran, teacher
Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.
-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher
The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.
-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher
This is effective and worthwhile professional development.
-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator
I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!
-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher
Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.
-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education
Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a ThoughtStretchers Education workshop again soon!
-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher
Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!
-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher
I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.
-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher
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