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  • 1. Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Classrooms? No More Dilemmas! By Janie B. Amherst Regional High School
  • 2. “The Prairie Would Be Silent If Only The Most Talented Birds Sang” • Old Midwestern Proverb
  • 3. Excellence Equity
    • Homogeneous Classes (Grouped)
    • Access to equal education
    • Student placement conforms to race/ethnicity and class
    • Achievement gaps between groups widen
    • Stigma of lower groups
    • Heterogeneous Classes (Ungrouped)
    • Wider spectrum of student needs
    • Teachers teach to the middle
    • Gifted students are unchallenged
    • Alternative resources for remediation
  • 4. How do we teach all the birds to sing?
    • Strive for Excellence and Equity Concurrently
    • More students learn more when they are all together.
  • 5. What I Learned:
    • Education reform has eliminated most of the lowest groupings
    • Heterogeneous classes are good for most
    • Heterogeneous and homogeneous mathematic and science classes produce similar achievement results
    • Talented and Gifted Programs are the last frontier
  • 6. Talented and Gifted Programs
    • TAG students are usually identified by traditional testing methods
    • TAG Programs favor certain racial and ethnic groups
    • Economically disadvantaged students are the most underrepresented students in TAG Programs
  • 7. Comparing Classrooms
    • Heterogeneous Classes
    • Curriculum differentiation
    • Differentiated/Individualized Instruction
    • Flexible problem-solving
    • Cooperative and interactive learning strategies
    • Alternate assessment models
    • Enrichment strategies
    • Talented and Gifted Classes
    • Curriculum differentiation
    • Differentiated/Individualized Instruction
    • Flexible problem-solving
    • Interactive learning strategies
    • Alternate assessment models
    • Accelerated or enrichment activities
  • 8. Why Can’t We Have Accelerated Schools for All?