Presenter: Kim Tredick, J Taylor Education
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 2

Is your plate so full that you don’t have the time or energy to learn anything new? What if, instead of asking you to add one more thing to your plate, someone offered you an entirely new plate? In this lesson, Kim Tredick does just that. The “plate” she’s offering is the Depth and Complexity framework, an approach that helps students engage in self-questioning and evaluative thinking.

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Have you completed previous trainings on the Depth and Complexity framework feeling excited to implement it in your classroom, only to realize that you need more practice using the framework with your own specific curriculum and content? This session is designed to model the integration of various components of Depth and Complexity into sample lessons.

In this lesson, Kim Tredick will walk you through the following elements:

  • A brief overview of the depth and complexity icons
  • A look at depth and complexity integrated lessons
  • Examples of iconic combinations and iconic pathways
  • Suggestions for how to create a differentiated task statement for your class
By the end of the lesson, you will feel very comfortable completing the following activities:
  • Employing all the elements of depth and complexity to differentiate student thinking about any core content
  • Employing all the elements of depth and complexity to promote self-questioning and evaluative thinking for students
  • Using 21st century learner skills in lessons and units that encourage students to think and problem-solve like disciplinarians and professionals

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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96 reviews for Making Depth and Complexity Work for Me

  1. Melissa – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This course is a nice introduction to the icons and provides a solid foundation for the purpose behind using them.

  2. Christine – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Part 1 was great. Part 2 was somewhat repetitive.
    Too much self congratulation for me.

  3. Laura – GREGORY-PORTLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I love the ideas of depth and complexity. The icons are great visual ways to help both me and my students challenge our thinking.

  4. Yesenia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    I loved learning how to use the icons in the different subject areas. I also liked learning about the other five icons.

  5. Luanne – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was extremely informative and helped clear up the purpose of the icons and how to use them within a structured day.

  6. Katrina – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    This is not what I was expecting. I feel like I needed a beginners course before this one about the icons and would need to continue much more training on them before I would feel ready and able to implement their use in my classroom.

  7. Crystil – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    5 stars!

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  10. Selina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

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