Lincoln-Way Associate Principal Offers Guidance on Differentiated Instruction to Area Educators
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lincoln-Way North Associate Principal Renae Goldie offered guidance on differentiated instruction during a two-day Assessment and Grading Summit held last week in Mokena.

The conference was attended by approximately 100 area administrators and educators from about two dozen school districts from the greater Chicago area to collaborate about the connection between grades and student learning as well as instructional methods and practices.

During my presentation called Caf-Style Differentiated Instruction, I showcased materials and ideas that administrators, instructional coaches and teachers can use for professional development and in the classroom to ensure every student has the opportunity to learn and grow, Goldie said. My presentation was inspired by ideas generated at a Lincoln-Way North School Improvement Team meeting

Its important that we take opportunities to meet with leaders from other school districts to learn about their challenges and best practices so that we are continually sharpening and improving the learning environment at Lincoln-Way, Goldie said.

Brian Wright, conference organizer and Bradley Bourbonnais High School Principal, shared, Grades are one of the most important components associated with schools, but it is too often a topic that is talked about the least. Creative and differentiated assessments aligned to specific outcomes and standards result in clear communication to teachers, students, and parents. Only then are grades both meaningful and a true depiction of learning.