Curriculum Studies


Escalating the Challenge: Shining a Light on Differentiation Strategies

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 202 B

How do you create classroom environments that emphasize critical thinking and engage students in active learning? Research suggests that teachers employ a wide range of strategies to match the level, complexity, and pace of curricula with a student's readiness and motivation. This session provides participants strategies for differentiation, including Frayer Model, Starburst, SCAMPER, morphological synthesis, Johari Window, RAFT, and Topic Generator. Presenters highlight examples and applications across curricular areas in K-12 so that participants can select strategies congruent with their contextual purpose, teacher style, and student needs. Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from the strategies presented.

Liz Truesdale

Gifted Teacher/Counselor
Lincoln Public Schools

Liz is currently an itinerant resource teacher for gifted students for Lincoln Public Schools, working with kindergarten through fifth graders in both literature and mathematics. She has been an elementary school teacher and counselor for more than 30 years. Liz has a Master's degree in School Counseling and a teaching endorsement in Gifted Education.


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Breanna Prochnow

Itinerant Resource Teacher for the Gifted
Lincoln Public Schools

Breanna is an itinerant teacher for the gifted for Lincoln Public Schools. She works with students from kindergarten to 5th grade in both differentiated math and literature. She has a Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in teaching mathematics and a gifted endorsement from Doane University. She has also been a classroom teacher and worked with gifted children for several years.


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