Presenter: Kim Tredick, J Taylor Education
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2C, Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, Learning Environment 4D, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 2

Are you looking for an approach to curriculum differentiation that will support your gifted and talented students? The Depth and Complexity Framework was designed to be just that. In this introductory video from Kim Tredick, you’ll learn about one of the fundamental components of the Depth and Complexity Framework: icons that serve as visual prompts to help students dig deeply into a concept and think about it critically.   

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The Depth and Complexity Framework is an approach to curriculum differentiation that helps students dig deeply into a concept and think about it critically. In this lesson, Kim Tredick provides an in-depth introduction to the Depth and Complexity icons, visual prompts that serve as critical thinking tools. The icons are foundational to the Depth and Complexity Framework. 

Ms. Tredick covers the following in her presentation:

  • A brief history of the Depth and Complexity Framework
  • An introduction to what differentiation is and why it’s needed
  • An explanation of the Depth and Complexity prompts and their icons 
  • Examples of easy ways to implement the icons
By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to identify ways that you can implement these prompts and their icons, enabling you to appropriately challenge your students in every subject.

Presenter Bio

Kim Tredick is currently the Director of Student Support Services in Castaic School District in Southern California. She has served as lead curriculum writer for J Taylor Education over the past seven years and has been using Depth and Complexity for two decades as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. Kim is the author of the best-selling Differentiation Smart Reference Guide, which is used in over 30,000 classrooms. As one of the original participating educators during the first PD rollout of Depth and Complexity in the 1990s, Kim’s training provides teachers with practical best practices for using all the components of the D & C Framework. 

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229 reviews for An Introduction to the Depth and Complexity Prompts and Their Icons

  1. Tiesha – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful as a review of the icons.

  2. Annamarie – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoye dthis course an dthe icosn can be used at any grad elevel

  3. Katie – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Great, easy yo understand presentation!

  4. Luanne – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I truly thought the time used to show how the icons were used to reflect on the text was critical. Then the explanation as to how each group used multiple icons blended together to come up with their thinking points.

  5. Crystil – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    Very engaging and helpful!

  6. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I am rating this course with 5 stars because it explained each icon in great depth making it easy to teach the icons in the classroom and not to be intimidated by the more complex ones such as trends, ethics, and across the disciplines.

  7. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Will do

  8. Selina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  9. Carol – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I like how this session showed how to use the icons.

  10. Aida – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent refresher course to practice how each one of the depth and complexity GT icons work and are applied.

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