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Dr. Carrie Simpson: “Depth & Complexity” to Promote Differentiated Learning

Depth & Complexity is the “how to” for promoting complex thinking within the disciplines.

Summit ESC is excited to offer a Depth & Complexity professional development opportunity! The event will take place on October 13, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm at St.George Fellowship for $90. Lunch and a book will be provided. To register, visit us here.


Dr. Carrie Simpson will walk through the “go-to” technique for teachers to:


  • Make traditionally scripted curricula more open-ended

  • Explore proven procedures and activities 

  • Use the Depth & Complexity Icon successfully with specific content and curriculum

  • and leave the session ready to incorporate Depth & complexity right away!


Depth & Complexity is the “how to” for promoting complex thinking within the disciplines.

 Educators face unique challenges when designing differentiated learning opportunities for students. Depth & Complexity meets those challenges, becoming the pedagogical engine that ensures students are prompted to think in a deeper manner about content. Based on the foundation that students should approach learning in ways similar to professionals/experts, Depth & Complexity has become the “go-to” technique for teachers to differentiate, making the traditionally scripted curricula more open-ended.


Dr. Carrie Simpson has made a career of understanding, researching, and utilizing differentiated instruction as part of the foundation for teaching. Her work in the field of gifted education, followed by curriculum development and teacher training in the field of special needs, brought her to one

steadfast understanding: differentiation is paramount to student success.


Currently, Dr. Simpson continues to hone her skills in the craft of differentiation by teaching Humanities courses for Austin Community College, working with the ACC ECHS programs, and through online instruction for the University of Texas at Dallas’ Teacher Development Center, teaching courses on Differentiation for Diverse Student Populations. The Depth & Complexity Framework is a significant part of her work and reinforces her beliefs that potent bursts of excellent instruction help us meet student needs.


Click here to register.


Questions? Please contact Sally Gibson at [email protected].

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2022