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WorkshopHAL: Dr.Heacox: Beyond the Basics: Authentic Differentiation
DepartmentESU#3 Professional Learning
Default ContactJennifer Johnson
Default LocationEducational Service Unit #3


Today's classroom teachers focus on differentiation to meet the needs of all students. However, gifted students have unique learning needs that are not addressed by differentiation strategies, targeting only average, high achieving, or struggling learners. How does differentiation go beyond the basics to the needs of gifted/advanced learners? This session provides participants with a framework that supports the advanced pace, sophisticated complexity and greater depth required by the gifted/advanced learners. Practical, do-able, step-by step strategies are highlighted. Two follow-up online support sessions will be available for participants, dates to be determined.   During the workshop attendees will:

  • Self-assess their understanding of effective instructional practices for GT learners in the regular classroom.

  • Consider a comprehensive instructional model for successfully embedding best practices in the classroom and increasing the capacity and efficiency of teachers.

  • Make connections to specific strategies for practical and do-able differentiation for gifted learners.

  • Critically evaluate instructional practices and consider both strengths and limitations of each. Consider how classroom integration of GT instructional strategies benefits all students.


Dr. Diane Heacox is a consultant and professional learning facilitator focusing on strategies to increase learning success for all students. She is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a national and international consultant and professional development trainer Diane has worked in public, private, and international schools on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning.

PRICING NOTE: Price is $130.00 MAXIMUM for member school districts.  Final price will be determined by number of registrations.  $150.00 MAXIMUM for non-member school district, other ESUs or AEAs.  

AudienceHAL Educators