Cindy Strickland has been a teacher for over 30 years and has worked with students of all ages, from kindergarten to master’s degree candidates. Over the past 18 years, Strickland’s consulting work has taken her to 48 states, 5 provinces, and 4 continents, where she has provided workshops on numerous topics relating to differentiation, the Parallel Curriculum Model (PCM), and gifted education. Strickland’s workshops are stimulating and highly practical. She is especially known for her humor, her ability to model differentiation in her workshops, and her attention to examples in all areas of the K–12 curriculum, including “specials” such as art, music, and physical education. Strickland is particularly skilled at implementing the “trainer of trainers” model, where she helps administrators and teacher leaders learn how to design solid professional development for their own schools and districts.
Strickland’s numerous ASCD publications include the books Professional Development for Differentiated Instruction: An ASCD Toolkit (2009), Exploring Differentiated Instruction (2009), Tools for High-Quality Differentiated Instruction: An ASCD Toolkit (2007; Finalist for 2007 Association of Educational Publishers [AEP] Distinguished Achievement Award), and Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum, Grades 9–12 (2005); several ASCD online courses on differentiation; and a unit in the book Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum, Grades 5–9 (2003).
Cindy’s other publications include “Differentiating Instruction within a Single Classroom: What Do We Do When They’re not All Reading at the Same Level” in Reading on the Edge: Empowering and Engaging Middle School Readers (Christopher-Gordon, 2008); The Parallel Curriculum Model, 2nd edition (Corwin, 2008); The Parallel Curriculum Model in the Classroom: Applications Across the Content Areas (Corwin, 2005); Multimedia Kit for the Parallel Curriculum (Corwin, 2005; Finalist for 2006 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award); and In Search of the Dream: Designing Schools and Classrooms That Work for High-Potential Students from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds (NAGC/NRCGT, 2013).