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

June 23, 2018
Brigham and Women's Hospital Reiki Share
Using Synectics for Intuitive Thinking

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)