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This book shows how schools can--and must--develop expertisein "learning variation" (understanding how different kinds of mindslearn) and apply this knowledge to classroom instruction in orderto address the chronic learning challenges and achievement gapfaced by millions of students. Barringer shows how using what weknow about learning variation with a focus on discovering learningstrengths, not just deficits, can help schools create plansfor success for those students who often find it elusive. The bookspecifically addresses how school leaders can incorporate thisknowledge into instructional practice and school-level policythrough various professional development strategies.  

Schools for All Kinds of Minds:

  • Provides a readable synthesis of the latest research fromneuroscience, cognitive science, and child and adolescentdevelopment as it relates to understanding learning and its manyvariations.
  • Links this information to strategies for understandingstruggling learners and adapting school practices to accommodate awider array of learning differences in a classroom.
  • Demonstrates how this understanding of learning variation canchange the way teachers and others help students succeed in variousacademic and content areas and acquire necessary 21st centuryskills.
  • Includes discussion questions and facilitator guidelines forstaff developers and teacher education programs; downloadable formsthat accompany exercises from within the book; an action plan forschools to implement the ideas found in the book; and more.

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