Welcome to DIRT!

Welcome to DIRT - Differentiated Instruction Resources for Teachers. 

The name grew out of a planned re-configuring of my job several years ago. A district level administrator was thinking of re-christening our department as "Differentiation Instruction Resource Teachers." We had a good chuckle when we realized the acronym spelled "DIRT" and ultimately things evolved in a different direction, leaving the concept of "DIRT" in the ... dirt.

While DIRT as an acronym for a person's job wasn't well received, I did like the concept of dirt in relation to differentiation. Much like differentiation:
        • Dirt is the foundation for growth.
      • It can take many forms and different types of dirt are better suited for different purposes.
      • No matter the type of dirt - whether loamy or sandy - there will be a crop that flourishes in it.
      • Better than that, however, there are things we can introduce into dirt to enhance its powers to nourish and grow living things.
Welcome, and I hope you will find these resources useful.
Susan DL

Recent Presentations

April 2, 2017
Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education
You Have the Power: Using Critical and Creative Thinking to Empower Thinking & Learning

November 8, 2016
Framingham Public Schools
Taking Action: Differentiation Through HOTS and Creative Questioning

November 4, 2016
National Association for Gifted Children
Beyond the Case Study: A Systematic Analysis of Gifted/LD Error Patterns on the KTEA-3 to Develop Strength-Based Interventions (co-presented with Karen Ottone-Cross and Dr. Melissa Bray)

November 13, 2015
National Association for Gifted Children
 Innovating Intuition: Creative Thinking Strategies for Affective Development (co-presenting with Lorrie-Anne Monte)

October 30, 2015
Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented 2015 Annual Fall Conference
1. Keynote: The Gifted and Talented Student in Today’s Classroom: Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking across the CCSS
Breakouts:
2. Bloom's Taxonomy As Easy as Pie: Infusing Critical Thinking Across the Common Core Curriculum
3. Un"commonly" Creative: Infusing Critical Thinking Across the Common Core Curriculum

October 22, 2015
New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Education
1.Identification of Gifted Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: On a Pathway to Understanding 
2. Innovating Intuition: Creative Thinking Strategies for Affective Development (co-presenting with Lorrie-Anne Monte)