Using Ability Test Results to Differentiate Learning a two days teacher training was held on 23rd and 24th August 2013 by Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University (CTY). The training was organized for 44 Nazarbayev Intellectual school teachers from Astana, Aktobe, Karaganda, Kokshetau, Semey, Taldykorgan, Uralsk and Shymkent.
The training was conducted by Patricia Metz, Ph.D., a senior project manager and Donna Neutze, Ph.D., Instructional Designer for CTY International.
Within these two days participants of the training received not only basic understanding about psychometrics, CTY Ability Test, procedure of a new selection format of Grade 7 students to Intellectual schools, but also the best practice of CTY differentiation learning methodology, instructional strategies and evaluation.
Teachers passed a course on differentiating learning methodology by environment, content, process and product; formative and summative assessment; formal and informal assessment strategy, and also using of "Know, Understand and Do" (KUDos) during the learning process. CTY experts worked well on the importance of training participants to organizing various kinds of activities for gifted students to develop their abilities, instead of increasing the overload with working on large number of difficult tasks.
Also within the training program for Intellectual schools, the teachers were engaged in numerous activities of competing in a team in the field of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, as well as exercising on attentiveness, visual memory and spatial reasoning.
The result of this teacher training is training Grade 7 mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology teachers to differentiate students learning which have abilities to study natural mathematical science.
At the end of the training all participants received certificates from the Center for Talented Youth of Johns Hopkins University on successful participation at differentiating learning.