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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

David Suarez

Diverse classroom communities are beautiful, and the learning opportunities in these environments fuel my interest in differentiated instruction. Among other benefits, diverse classrooms illustrate what's possible in the broader communities where we live and work. As students realize one child's growth doesn't need to come at the expense of another, they form mindsets open to greater possibility for themselves and each other. The whole community benefits.

This is my fourteenth year in the classroom as a math or science teacher. I've spent most of these years teaching middle school and have worked extensively in both low and high socioeconomic communities. My family currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, where I teach at a not-for-profit international school.

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