Dr. Diane Heacox is an Associate Professor of Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also consultant and professional development trainer to both public and private schools on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. She is also the author of four books. Her first book for Free Spirit Publishers was “Up From Underachievement: How Teachers, Students and Parents Can Work Together”. “Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners” was updated and released in 2012. “Making Differentiation a Habit” earned the 2010 Association of Education Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award. Her book co-authored with Richard Cash, “Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics,” was released in fall of 2013 and in 2014 was awarded The Legacy Book® Award for outstanding Educators Book.
Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education. Her books have been translated into many languages. Her Differentiation Classroom Practices Inventory was used by the Ministry of Education in Portugal for conducting a national survey of classroom practices.
Dr. Heacox serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Minnesota Department of Education Gifted Education Advisory Board. She is the past chair for the Middle Level Network and the Education committee for NAGC and the facilitator of the Higher Education Division for ASCD.
Dr. Heacox was recognized by the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented as the 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 the field of education.