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Differentiation Institute

Teacher Education Professional Development Institute at Otterbein University

Develop an approach to differentiation that includes differentiating with a small 'd' which includes the "low-prep" ways to modify and adjust plans, making a big difference for diverse learners... and differentiating with a BIG 'D' or the "high-prep" ways with models and methods that TRANSFORM your teaching in strategic and systematic ways!  

During this Differentiation Institute you will:

  • Explore the research related to and the rationale for differentiation
  • Learn from instructors who model differentiated instruction
  • Learn ways to integrate differentiation in teaching the big (D) and small (d) ways
  • Apply new learning to practice
  • Build connections and share ideas with other educators

Classes take place on April 6,  April 20, and May 5, 2016 

The schedule for each class will be:

  • 9:30-11:45 a.m. - Learn with Otterbein faculty in the mornings
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Enjoy a relaxing lunch (provided)
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. - Apply your new ideas with your colleagues!

Attend all three sessions* or choose those most relevant for you and your students and colleagues!

Session 1. Differentiation with a Big 'D', April 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Explore the key concepts and models of differentiated instruction and understand why and how differentiation motivates the reluctant learner.  Included will be a hands-on approach to learning and the motivational theories that underscore differentiation in our 21st Century classrooms. Instructor: Dr. Dee Knoblauch, former high school teacher and a current educational psychologist and leading expert in theories and practices of motivation in learning.   

Session 2. Differentiating with a Small 'd', April 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Differentiating with a small 'd', Includes "low-prep" ways to modify and adjust plans, making a big difference for diverse learners.  Learn the top 5 practices for making modifications to your plans that have BIG impact for struggling readers, English learners, and low-confidence learners!  Instructor: Dr. Kristin Bourdage, former language arts teacher, TESOL and literacy PD trainer and professor, researcher of classroom discussions, and literacy and instructional coach of literacy practices for adolescent English learners.

Session 3. New Technology Tools of Differentiation, May 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Technology allows teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners in 21st century classrooms--but only if teachers know how to identify and effectively use them to differentiate instruction. In this session, teachers learn about the 3Es, and how to make differentiation more efficient, effective, and engaging. This session helps you use technology and other tools to differentiate!  Bring a technology gadget of your choice!  Instructor: Dr. Clare Kilbane, former teacher,  Educational technology expert, and co-author of Teaching Models: Designing Instruction for 21st Century Learners.

Registration and Location

Register at www.bit.ly/ESCDIFF

Otterbein Graduate Credit
For an additional $200.  Two options:
* Option A: attend two of the three sessions with an additional application assignment
* Option B: attend all three sessions without an additional assignment

Location: Otterbein University Campus Center (Room 3) 100 W. Home St. Westerville, OH  43081. Parking lots are adjacent to the Campus Center (an electronic parking pass will be sent in advance to print and place in vehicle)

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The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

p/ 614.823.3210
e/ grad@otterbein.edu

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Register Now! Summer session beings May 11th.

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education and Recruiter/Counselor MAE