Differentiation Specialists

LNCS Keewaydin Differentiation Specialist

Annie Kuensting .5 (Part Time) 

Anne.Kuensting@mpls.k12.mn.us

Summary:

A differentiation specialist understands Multi-Tiered-Systems-of-Support (MTSS) and supports teachers in understanding this tiered approach of differentiating instruction for all students – including advanced learners. The differentiation specialist will increase classroom teacher ability and confidence to provide respectful tasks, increase higher levels of thinking, and measure growth for students in their classrooms. The differentiation specialist supports teacher efficacy in differentiated daily instruction in order to equitably increase academic growth and achievement for all learners. Differentiation specialists will spend most of the school day working collaboratively with classroom teachers (coaching, co-planning, model teaching, co-teaching, co-assessing, and problem solving). The differentiation specialist will also support the Levels of Service Model as it is nestled into MTSS. 

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Support ongoing assessment, identification and support of high ability, high talent and high potential learners following district guidelines; make particular effort to recruit and retain students from populations often underrepresented in gifted programs and who may be underachieving. (Could be the TDALE site lead or could collaborate with the TDALE site lead)

  2. Provide and support ongoing teacher development in differentiation and advanced differentiation at the site.

  3. Model, co-plan, co-teach, debrief/reflect/problem solve and co-assess with classroom teachers who provide core instruction (reading, writing, math, science, social studies) to clusters/groups of identified advanced learners and struggling learners. These are strategies that will be taught to the specialist as part of their job.

  4. Advocate for diverse high ability students, their parents, and teachers. When necessary, advocate for appropriate accelerated learning opportunities.

  5. Support affective needs of high ability learners through appropriate curriculum, programming, and counseling. Support the use of a comprehensive assessment system to inform instruction in all disciplines and MTSS tiers.

  6. Participate in grade level PLCs focused on differentiation and high achievement for all students.

  7. Attend district professional development twice a month provided by the talent development department in collaboration with core content area leads.