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Do you Differentiate?

differentiationDifferentiation has been a buzzword in education for more than two decades.  Educators often talk about differentiation, but the concept is somewhat difficult to define.  When we think about differentiation, most often we think of content, process, product, and learning environment.  Today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever before, and differentiation is no longer an option but a necessity.

If we review Standard 4a of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation Tool, it is evident that differentiation is an expectation.

Standard 4a

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has put together a fantastic differentiation toolkit for beginning teachers, but these resources provide an exceptional review for even the most experienced teachers.  Take a few moments to take look for some new ideas for your classroom.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out these differentiation resources as well.

Carol Ann Tomlinson’s Differentiation Chart

Differentiation and the P21 Framework (3-hour training)

Learn NC – Reaching Every Learner – Differentiating in Theory and Practice

More Differentiation Resources for Teachers



About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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