Book Excerpt: Nurturing Teachers in Differentiation
Teachers differentiate their instruction, but can school leaders differentiate an entire school? Carol Ann Tomlinson and Michael Murphy think they can, and they explain how in their latest ASCD publication, Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers Who Grow Kids.
Tomlinson and Murphy discuss how administrators can shift teachers’ thinking and habits and lead a school or district to differentiated instruction. They also explain how to incorporate the principles of differentiation into professional development, foster teachers’ growth in their differentiation practices, and respond to resistance.
While many school leaders are motivated to help their teachers grow in their profession, they often don’t know where to start. In the following excerpt, Tomlinson and Murphy share a case study of a teacher who was reluctant to follow her principal’s suggestion for professional improvement.