"Imagine being a sixth grade teacher with students at fourteen different levels in your classroom"
When students are grouped by age, teachers must teach to every level of aptitude at once. Mary Esselman offers a bold solution: end grade-levels and group kids by skill and proficiency. In this talk, she shares her successes experimenting with this intensely personalized and differentiated education model.
A 25-year veteran in public education, Mary has promoted equity, innovation, and transformation of urban schools -- both as a teacher and administrator. She is currently the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan's Chief Officer for Equity, Innovation, and Accountability. Part of TEDxSarasota's inaugural conference held on 12/12/12 with the theme "Creativity Matters" at the Historic Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.