Differentiated Instruction Workshops

classroom image

Leland and Gray hosts two extraordinary professional development opportunities this August for educators throughout the region. Dr. Carol Corbett Burris, author of Opening the Common Core: How to Bring ALL Students to College and Career Readiness (Corwin, 2012) and many other publications, will lead two workshops for middle and high school faculty and administration:

Implementing Differentiated Instruction for Equitable Access to Excellence

Wednesday and Thursday, August 15 and 16, 2012

Academic Support

Friday, August 17, 2012.

Last year, Dr. Burris and two teachers from South Side High School, where she serves as principal, presented their Differentiation Workshop. Here’s what workshop participants had to say:

“It was the most helpful demonstration of differentiation I've experienced.”

“Honestly, this is one of the best workshops that I have attended. I have attended several workshops on differentiated instruction, but I never really understood them. This workshop helped me understand the real meaning of differentiated instruction.”

Below, you may read the workshop descriptions and access the registration form to sign up. Those interested may also review the presenters’ biographies, learn about South Side High School, or read an article by Dr. Burris on increasing mathematics achievement.

Feel free to contact Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, principal of Leland and Gray, for additional information or dialogue on equitable access to excellence.

ddorfman@lelandandgray.org or call 802-365-7355


Workshop Registration Form (145Kb PDF)

Workshop Flyer (16Mb PDF)

Workshop Invitation (337Kb PDF)

Math Acceleration For All - Burris, Heubert, Levin (170Kb PDF)

carol burris-sm

Carol Corbett Burris has served as principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District in NY since 2000. Prior to becoming a principal, she was a teacher at both the middle and high school level. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her dissertation, which studied her district’s detracking reform in math, received the 2003 National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principals Middle Level Dissertation of the Year Award. Last year she was named Educator of the Year by SAANYS.

She is the co-author of Detracking for Excellence and Equity, published in 2008 by ASCD. Articles that she has authored or co-authored have appeared in Educational Leadership, The Kappan, the American Educational Research Journal, The Teachers College Record, Theory into Practice, The School Administrator, the American School Board Journal and EdWeek.   A chapter on closing the achievement gap, which she co-authored with Kevin Welner, appeared in Lessons in Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America's Schoolsa volume edited by the Harvard Civil Rights Project. She can be reached at burriscarol@gmail.com.


Christine Brown is currently working as an English teacher at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY and has served in such capacity since 2002. Prior to her high school experience as an educator, she taught 5th grade Language Arts and Reading at a private Catholic school in the same community. In her earliest years teaching, she taught 3rd grade one the Lower East Side in New York City. She received her Masters Degree from Adelphi University with a certification in Literacy K-12. In 2006 she was named New York State Teacher of Excellence by NYSUIT.

Several years ago, she was selected as a turn key trainer for the district wide initiative in Differentiated Instruction. With Carol Burris and Keith Gamache, she has developed a program whereby teachers learn about the differentiated model and understand the importance of equitable access to excellence for all students. She is also a member of the Lesson Study team for her school, serving to collaborate with the staff as they build lesson study plans and set goals for their observations. Her experiences and reflections were published in Detracking for Excellence and Equity by Burris and Garrity, published in 2008 by ASCD. She can be reached at cbrown@rvcschools.org.

keith gamache-sm

Keith Gamache has been teaching Art at South Side High School for seventeen years having taught introductory as well as International Baccalaureate classes. He received his BS in Art Education from New York University and his MFA in painting from Johnson State College/Vermont Studio Center. More recently he completed his School Administration requirements through the Leadership Academy at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. He was a 2005 Educator of the Week sponsored by the New York Lottery and WLNYTV55. As an artist he has exhibited throughout the New York metropolitan area, been reviewed in the NY Times, and was published in New American Paintings in March 2001. He has worked closely with his principal, Dr. Carol Corbett Burris, and colleague, Christine Brown, for the past five years providing professional development on Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Study throughout their district. He can be reached at kgdot@optonline.net