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Advancing Differentiation
Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. 
Advancing Differentiation
Do you practice differentiated instruction in your classroom? Are you ready to take it to the next level? Go beyond basic teaching strategies and gain the tools to differentiate the critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills at the core of your students’ learning across all content areas.

This advanced K–12 teacher’s guide will transform the way you—and your students—think while you are differentiating instruction. The differentiated instruction strategies in this book will help you:

  • Build achievement motivation and self-regulation
  • Set new roles for student and teacher that encourage learner autonomy
  • Inspire your students’ passion and creativity
  • Employ cutting-edge techniques for designing rigorous E4 curriculum (Effective, Engaging, Enriching, and Exciting)

Key features include:

  • A solid, up-to-date research base that builds on the work of respected experts such as Carol Dweck, Robert Sternberg, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Diane Heacox, Benjamin Bloom, Joseph Renzulli, Robert Marzano, Edward Deci, and Barry Zimmerman
  • More than 50 illustrative figures, diagrams, and sample lessons in all content areas
  • Foreword by Diane Heacox, Ed.D.

Digital content includes over 40 reproducible forms, templates, handouts, and walk-through checklists (many as customizable PDFs), and a PowerPoint presentation for professional development.

Download the free PLC/Book Study Guide.

A highly sought-after speaker, author Richard M. Cash brings over 20 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and professional development trainer to this collection of essential research, practical information, differentiated instruction strategies, tools, templates, and activities.

Advancing Differentiation is a powerful resource that will lead you through the process of creating a thriving, student-centered, 21st-century classroom.   

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Table of Contents
Foreword by Diane Heacox
“10 Elements of a Differentiated Classroom” (book excerpt) 
“Walkthrough Checklist of Differentiation for Advancing Learning” (book excerpt)
“Chapter 4: Motivating and Engaging Learners” (book excerpt)
“Checklist of Characteristics of a Thinking Classroom” (book excerpt)


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Common Core
This book provides a valuable resource for teachers in helping all students reach the advanced levels of thinking required by the Common Core State Standards. Click here for more information.



224 pages, softcover, 8½" x 11", K–12 teachers and adminstrators, ISBN 978-1-57542-357-9


“Explains how teachers can organize learning for individual students in a way that will aid them in actively and successfully thinking their way through appropriately challenging content.”—Gifted Child Today

“Richard Cash brings the fast pace of the 21st century into a commonsense classroom capsule.”—Patricia Rebarchik, director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hastings Public Schools, Hastings, MN

“Amazingly comprehensive . . . a gem of a resource for educators!”—Anne Roloff, Ph.D., president of Illinois ASCD

“The clear writing, commonsense approaches, and suggestions and charts will give any teacher—new or seasoned—confidence and motivation.”—Judith Roseberry, consultant, past president of California Association for the Gifted

“An essential book for teachers in the current educational landscape.”—Felicia A. Dixon Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University

“Cash’s approach to differentiation is refreshing, authentic, and practical. He takes a complex philosophy and brings it alive through his writing. . . . This publication should be in the hands of all teachers K–16.”—Jaime A. Castellano, Ed.D., principal and coordinator of gifted education at Ganado Intermediate School in Ganado, Arizona, and author of Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students From Diverse Backgrounds

“One of the most inspiring and practical books I’ve read in years . . . I was blown away by how useful all the chapters will be to our profession.”—Rick Wormeli, writer and teacher trainer, author of Fair Isn’t Always Equal, and Differentiation: From Planning to Practice

“Dr. Cash takes differentiated instruction to a new level of urgency and pedagogical quality . . . This book is a breath of fresh air.“—Scott J. Peters, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

“This book is just what the field of education has been waiting for. In the maze of understanding and implementing differentiation, Richard’s incisiveness, experience, and original concept truly advance the reader into the twenty-first century. Richard writes with a clarity that appeals to both the novice and the seasoned educator. I’ve yet to read a more comprehensive teacher guide. Advancing Differentiation just moved to the top of my recommended list!”—Jeff Danielian, teacher resource specialist, editor-in-chief of Teaching for High Potential, National Association for Gifted Children

Item No: 23579W

Price: $39.99


Related materials:
Advancing Differentiation PLC/Book Study Guide
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. 
Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom
Diane Heacox, Ed.D. 
Differentiation for Gifted Learners
Diane Heacox, Ed.D., and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. 
Differentiation for Gifted Learners PLC/Book Study Guide
Diane Heacox, Ed.D., and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. 
Making Differentiation a Habit
Diane Heacox, Ed.D. 
Making Differentiation a Habit PLC/Book Study Guide
Diane Heacox, Ed.D. 

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