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A recent study focused on the effect school climate has on student achievement. Inservice addresses the challenges and barriers preventing schools from creating positive climates. Join the discussion and share practices that worked at your school. more
Richard Whitmire's blog ponders the achievement gap between male and female students. more
In the January 1972 issue of Educational Leadership, Gerald M. Torkelson, discusses how new technology was influencing instruction and offering more options for customizing the learning experience. more
Professional Practices That Work
ASCD's Conference on Teaching and Learning will be held in Los Angeles, Calif., October 24–26, 2008. Focusing on the theme "Professional Practices That Work," this year's conference offers educators innovative strategies for boosting student achievement.
ASCD also offers three Pre-Conference Institutes on Thursday, October 23: Leadership and Mentoring, Classroom Formative Assessment, and Classroom Management That Works.
Closing the Achievement Gap
What strategies are educators using in classrooms, schools, and districts to close that gap? How can schools counter the adverse socioeconomic circumstances that contribute to the intractability of the gap? What affect is standards-based education having on closing the gap?
View all upcoming themes.
In many ways, 21st century classrooms still resemble those of the 19th century. In the ASCD book The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Carol Ann Tomlinson writes, "Today's teachers still contend with the essential challenge of the one-room schoolhouse: how to reach out effectively to students who span the spectrum of learning readiness, personal interests, culturally shaped ways of seeing and speaking of the world and experience in that world."
This issue of Express offers strategies for differentiating instruction and tips to maximize students' potential by creating customized teaching strategies that meet students' individual learning needs.
Change Really Is a Good Thing
The new ASCD book The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning, by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez, offers practical advice and shows how two schools made a difference. more
Taking It to the Minimum?
Robyn R. Jackson, author of the upcoming ASCD book Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, explains that teachers should set goals in terms of students' minimum, rather than maximum, performance. more
Integrating a Layered Curriculum to Facilitate Differentiated Instruction
English teacher H. Donovan Colding shows how to use a layered curriculum to help students take ownership of their learning. more
Instructional Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
By developing tasks that match students' intelligence preferences, teachers can help students achieve their learning goals.
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First, Understand Students as People
At the beginning of his teaching career, Don McMahon was warned to "not get too close" to his students. He found, instead, the secret to his success was in creating a classroom environment that made students feel included and valued for their individualism. more
Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching
As a complete manual for creating a differentiated classroom, this book offers tips, strategies, and resources and explains the essential elements of differentiated instruction.
"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. "
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
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