UPDATE: Best Practice Institute Full
Our Best Practice Institute, Making Differentiation Work -- Linking Your Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, is officially full. We look forward to seeing educators from around the United States and one from Marrakesh!
Summer Institute Registration Now Open
This week-long institute will fill quickly as educators come from around the world to work with Carol and her team on the principles and practices of differentiation. SIAD provides educators with high quality, research-based support in instruction that is responsive to student needs. Teachers and administrators will work closely with experts in curriculum, assessment, and instruction in an intensive and interactive learning experience and will use their own content standards as a springboard to create and align learning goals to meaningful instruction.
Finally, after 15 years Carol has revisited her seminal work The Differentiated Classroom.
In her monthly column for Ed Leadership, Carol reflects on the many schools she's worked with and tries to put her finger on what made those great schools stand out:
"The rare schools had basically the same traits as the good schools, but there was something more—something intangible, but nonetheless real. They were marked by a palpable energy, an urgency of purpose that made me a conscript. I wanted to know the people, understand their work, be energized by whatever it was that caused them to be both driven and liberated. In these schools, there was a shared singularity of purpose that had to do with bettering the prospects of young people; all efforts focused in that direction, regardless of countervailing pressures from any external source. Teachers and administrators alike exhibited "why not" thinking, and there was a boldness of thought and action tempered by humility."
Carol talks to the Alabama Best Practices Center about differentiation and her new book from ASCD, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, which is co-authored with UVA colleague Tonya Moon.
Videos from our Presenters
Just getting started with Differentiation?
In a video clip filmed at one of our Institutes, Carol Tomlinson breaks down three basic ways researchers tell us that students can differ with respect to learning: readiness, interest, and learning profile. She then suggests how teachers might differentiate with these needs in mind.
Media of Interest
Using Technology to Become a Better Listener
In a new ASCD Express issue on Differentiation and Technology, Melinda Moran shares practices that help us know our students better and suggests online resources that support those practices: Becoming Better Listeners.
Podcast: PreK-12 Talk Radio
Starting about 2:45, Carol has a chat with educational podcaster, Larry Jacobs, in Maine, .
Ed Week blogger, Peter DeWitt, uses an article published in Educational Leadership by Carol Tomlinson and Jane Jarvis, "Teaching Up," as a springboard to discuss setting high expectations for all students.
Award-winning teacher, author and blogger, Larry Ferlazzo asked Carol Tomlinson and Rick Rick Wormeli to help answer the question, "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" Read how they answered that question in his Teacher Blog in Education Week."