Diane Heacox

St. Catherine University

Dr. Diane Heacox is an Associate Professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has taught at elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist.

Author of four books, her newest publication is Differentiation for Gifted Learners co-authored with Richard Cash.  Her books have been translated into Dutch, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, and Arabic.  Her Differentiation Classroom Practices Inventory was used by the Ministry of Education in Portugal for conducting a national survey of classroom practices.

Past president of the Minnesota Educators for Gifted, Dr. Heacox   serves on the Minnesota Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council. For NAGC, she has been a network chair and sat on the Education Committee A frequent presenter at NAGC conventions, Dr. Heacox also provides faculty development on gifted education nationally and internationally.

Dr. Heacox was recognized by the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented as 2010 Friend of the Gifted for service to gifted education. She is also in the University of St. Thomas Educators Hall of Fame for contributions to education. She served on the Smarter Balanced National Advisory Panel for Assessment of the Common Core Standards.

Speaker Topics:

  • Making Differentiation a Habit
  • Flexible Teaching Routines : Why a Single Lane Highway Doesn’t Work Anymore
  • Critical Elements in Inclusive Classrooms: Tiered Assignments and Flexible Instructional Groups
  • Life Success: Why Grit, Character, and Curiosity Matter for All Learners
  • Up from Underachievement: Strategies to Reverse Failure Cycles
  • Making the Connections: Differentiating Instruction In A Common Core Classroom
  • Practical, Do-Able Assessment Strategies: A Toolkit for Teachers
  • Formative Assessment Strategies: An Essential Element for Success in Common Core Classrooms
  • Thinking Through the Common Core: Strategies for Developing Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Adding Complexity and Depth to Teaching for Creativity
  • Common Core Standards: Implications for Gifted Learners
  • Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics
  • Motivating the Gifted But Reluctant Learner
  • Tame Your Differentiated Classroom: Managing It All
  • Leadership For Differentiated Classrooms
  • Where to Go From Here: Identifying Your School’s Next Steps in Differentiation
  • Instructional Coaching for Embedding School Initiatives  in Classroom Practice
  • Co-teaching: A Collaborative Approach to Meeting the Needs of All Learners