Four Practices That Elevate Differentiation

Learning to teach responsively to the diverse learners who populate most contemporary classrooms is a journey. Learning to differentiate effectively is a career-long journey that benefits both learners and teachers. This session is designed for teachers who want to explore differentiation more deeply than they were able to do in the early stages of implementation in their classrooms, and for other educators who want to support teachers applying differentiation practices.

This session will engage participants in hearing about, discussing, and analyzing examples of four key practices that elevate differentiation, increasing the likelihood that it maximizes the capacities of a wide range of learners. The four practices are: communicating with students about differentiation, planning around highways and exit ramps, teaching up, and flexible grouping.


This session is appropriate for teachers, coaches and other educators who support teachers in differentiation.

Participants will:

  • Establish a vocabulary related to the four practices, the key elements of each practice, and indicators of effective use of the practices.

  • Discover why and how the practices matter for student success.

  • Learn how to analyze examples of the practices using key knowledge and understandings, and reflect on next steps for bringing the practices to their classrooms.


Kristina Doubet, Ph.D.

Kristina Doubet, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she has received the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Madison Scholar Award, and the Sarah Miller Luck Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Education. Her research interests include standards-based grading, flexible grouping, integrated ELA instruction, and innovative instruction for English Learners.


Carol Tomlinson, Ed.D.

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., is the William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development. The author of more than 300 publications, she works with educators throughout the U.S. and internationally to create classrooms that are more responsive to a broad range of learners.

Free Book Included:

The ASCD Quick Reference Guides Improving Student Collaboration With Flexible Grouping and Teaching Up are included in your registration and will be distributed at the workshop.

Schedule and Pricing

  • Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • ASCD24 registration is required to attend Preconference Institutes.
  • Add an institute to your ASCD24 experience for an additional fee.
  • Registration includes an ASCD book.

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Through Dec. 7


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Dec. 8-Feb. 15


Regular Price

Feb. 16-March 22