ACS 7th Annual Conference on Learning Differences

I truly appreciate the opportunity to present at the 7th Annual conference for Learning Differences for Athens Community Schools. Participants had the opportunity to gain information that they can implement with their students or share with their colleagues. More importantly the experience of sharing ideas and thoughts enriched my professional life.

D.R.I.V.E. Differentiation (Develop Relative, Innovative, Valuable, & Exciting Learning Opportunities) by Brown, Katrina J.,

Workshop Description
D.R.I.V.E. Differentiation is a workshop that will allow attendees to develop relative, innovative, valuable, and exciting learning opportunities for diverse learners. Through various activities attendees will be provided with an established purpose for differentiated instruction and how attainable it is while infusing critical thinking. Attendees will be asked to define differentiation and a form of differentiation called tiering, identify strengths and challenges in planning and implementing differentiated instruction, identify important aspects and concepts of differentiation and tiering, and consider options for differentiating and tiering assignments.

Additionally attendees will receive the information needed to address common questions asked by students, parents, and colleagues regarding differentiated instruction. This workshop provides the opportunity to investigate whether current practices in the classroom, school, or school system meet the needs of diverse learners. Attendees will also receive tools that will initiate the creation of opportunities for more differentiated instruction. Within this workshop opportunities will be provided to design and carryout activities that can be shared with teams, departments, and the school so that as one drives instruction they can D.R.I.V.E. differentiation.

Workshop Learning Objectives

(what participants should learn/take away from the presentation or workshop):
• Define differentiation and tiering
• Identify strengths and challenges in planning and implementing differentiated instruction
• Identify important aspects and concepts of differentiation and tiering
• Consider options for differentiating and tiering assignments

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