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Differentiating Instruction in Middle & High School with Layered Curriculum

Thursday, April 16, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe
Chicago, IL

Registration for this workshop is now closed. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Part I: Brain Biology supports DI for Secondary Education

This full day workshop begins with a fun and humorous overview of how brain research supports differentiation at the middle and high school level. There are four key issues coming out of brain imaging that are of particular interest to secondary educators as we overcome obstacles for differentiating instruction in our unique settings. A wealth of information from the neuroscience field is supporting our re-evaluation of secondary differentiation. Whether you are preparing students for higher education or working with special needs populations, research is clear that a differentiated classroom is better than the traditional “stand-and-deliver.” Discover some very simple ways to make teaching more brain-compatible and more fun for both student and teacher.

Part II: Layered Curriculum®

Today’s schools and classrooms can be overwhelming in their diversity. The secret to success is establishing and maintaining more student-centered programs of learning. Based on current brain research, Layered Curriculum is one of the easiest ways to differentiate instruction in any classroom. Simple, practical and easy to adapt, Layered Curriculum allows teachers to juggle learning styles, multiple intelligences, cultures, and mixed-abilities in one room. This three layered instructional model leads all students to higher levels of thinking, holds students accountable for learning and encourages success for even the most reluctant learners.

Participants can expect to learn:
  • how current neuropsychology research supports differentiation at the secondary level.
  • practical solutions for overcoming obstacles to differentiation.
  • how to work with your student’s individual strengths.
  • how to increase student engagement and retention.
  • how to encourage higher level thinking.

Kathie F. Nunley delights teachers from around the world with her practical and inspirational solutions to the challenges of today’s diverse classrooms. Her popular seminars and workshops combine classroom experience with her current brain-imaging research. A noted speaker at state, national and international conferences, Dr. Nunley is the author of many books and articles on the brain and teaching in mixed-ability classrooms. Her work has been used by institutions and publications around the globe, including Family Circle magazine, Canada Living, the Washington Post, and the Boeing Corporation. She is the developer of the Layered Curriculum® method of instruction and has spent over 15 years as a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban schools.

The workshop will take place at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe in Chicago, IL

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Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Palmer House Hilton: $199/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for April 15th. To make a reservation, call 877-865-5321. and request the "ISC" Group Code. Special discounted rates are available until March 24, 2009.

Click here to book your room online.

Registration Fee
  • $275 Member Fee
  • $325 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch
  • Registration fee also includes Kathie Nunley's book Differentiating the High School Classroom

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $275     Non-member Cost: $325


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