Category: Poster

76 - Utilizing Pre-Assessment and Tiered Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Gifted students from underperforming school districts are often treated as an afterthought when it comes to planning and differentiating instruction. When gifted students are not appropriately challenged, they may begin to struggle in other areas, which can cause greater difficulty for an already struggling campus or district. Pre-assessment and tiered instruction can alleviate some of the stress, while ensuring that the needs of all students are being met. In a semester-long session, an instructional specialist modeled pre-assessment strategies through model teaching, co-teaching, and planning support to aid teachers in the implementation of pre-assessment techniques. In this session, the instructional specialist shares the experiences of teachers and students and the benefits and struggles of consistent implementation. Participants leave with a set of strategies to take back to their campus or district to aid in implementation.

Kayla L. Kubitza

Instructional Specialist for Advanced Academics
Waco ISD
Waco, Texas

Kayla Kubitza serves as an instructional specialist for the Waco ISD Advanced Academic Services department after working in the district as an elementary teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and accepted a job working in Killeen I.S.D. teaching kindergarten soon after. In 2012, she joined the WISD staff as a kindergarten, second, and third grade teacher, working primarily with gifted and talented students. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Tarleton State University and will begin doctoral coursework next summer. A certified Master Reading Teacher, she brings a large wealth of information to classrooms as she assists teachers in refining their differentiation strategies, raising their rigor, and appropriately compacting to best serve gifted learners.