During this day-long training session the faculty participated in hands-on activities and experiential learning throughout the day, learning several techniques for differentiating their own instruction that they have used with their students this fall. Throughout the day there was an additional focus onhow important it is to have a growth-mindset or how learning to value perseverancecan lead to individual growth and success.
Jessica Hockett is a Chicago-based independent education consultant and author with expertise in differentiated instruction, standards-aligned curriculum, performance task design, and gifted-education. For the past ten years, she has worked with over 70 school districts in the United States and abroad to strengthen and support a wide range of initiatives centered on improving teacher and student learning. Jessica provided a full day of learning for our faculty. She taught about a wide variety of strategies that could be used across curricular areas.
Jessica has published a variety of articles, book chapters, and staff development materials related to differentiated instruction and programs, and curriculum for advanced learners. She co-authored Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools with Chester E. Finn, Jr. (Princeton University Press), and Differentiated Instruction in Middle and High School: Strategies That Engage All Learners, with Kristina Doubet (ASCD). Her advanced degrees include a PhD in Educational Psychology (gifted education emphasis) from the University of Virginia, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from National-Louis University, and an M.A. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut. Prior to her doctoral study, Jessica was a secondary teacher in both general and gifted program settings.
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Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).