Webinars by Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson
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Questions for Teachers and Leaders to Consider in Planning for Differentiation
(an introductory session for both teachers and key personnel)

Date: Friday 5 March 2021, Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 am Singapore Time GMT+8, Closing date: 12 Feb 2021

Differentiation has great potential to help develop both stronger students and stronger teachers. For that to happen, however, it's important for teachers and leaders to have a shared understanding of the intent of differentiation and to think about ways in which current teaching practices align with those recommended by differentiation as well as ways in which teachers might need to modify your teaching and in which leaders may need to modify their guidance and support as you move forward with differentiation in schools across Singapore. This session will propose six questions that are useful in helping participants think about both current strengths in providing responsive instruction and possible next steps as well.

 

Classroom Structures that Support Effective Differentiation
(an early session for teachers and key personnel)

Date: Friday 12 March 2021, Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 am Singapore Time GMT+8, Closing date: 12 Feb 2021

In a differentiated classroom, the student is at the core of teacher planning. That means, among other things, that the teacher aspires to help each student grow in knowledge, understanding, and skill as efficiently and effectively as possible. It means that the teacher wants to help each student develop his or her voice as much as possible and develop continually in autonomy or independence as a learner. It means that there will be times when students will need to work on assignments designed to address their particular strengths, needs, and/or interests. Placing the student at the center of instructional planning, therefore, calls for a classroom that is both flexible and predictable. In this session, we will examine several tools and structures that enable teachers to address the needs of individual students and/or small groups of students while also addressing the needs of the class as a whole.

 

What to do when Students Enter a Lesson at Different Points of Readiness
(an early session for both teachers and key personnel)

Date: Monday 31 May 2021, Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 am Singapore Time GMT+8, Closing Date: 2 April 2021

In most contemporary classrooms, students differ markedly in their readiness to work successfully with the content of a unit or lesson. Key to effective differentiation is a teacher's own readiness to provide various supports or scaffolding for students who are behind the learning curve with current content and who are ready to move beyond current expectations with that same content. We will look at a variety of strategies that enable teachers to support students in different ways based on their current needs so that each learner can consistently move forward in proficiency. The emphasis in this session will be on strategies that require relatively modest planning time and that can be used regularly throughout the school year.

 

How Leaders can Support Teachers as they Begin to Learn about and Implement Differentiation
(a session for Key Personnel)

Date: Tuesday 1 June 2021, Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 am Singapore Time GMT+8, Closing date: 2 April 2021

The role of leaders is critical in ensuring that differentiation becomes standard practice in classrooms and that the practice reflects what we know about quality teaching and learning. Without careful and consistent support it is highly unlikely that many/most teachers will not make the changes necessary in their teaching to meet the needs of their diverse learners. This session will provide guidance for leader support in the early stages of teacher development in understanding and applying the principles of differentiation. We will examine key concerns of teachers in the early stages of their work with differentiation, external barriers to differentiation and ways leaders can both encourage and support teachers in taking the very important first steps in establishing responsive instruction.

 

About the Presenter: Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson

CAT PhotoCarol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education where she served as Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, and Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a public school teacher for 21 years. During that time, she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974.

Carol is author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd Ed.), The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2nd Ed.), Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, (with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design, (with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez) The Differentiated School, (with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom, (with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (2nd Ed.), (with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Student Success, and (with Mike Murphy) Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers who Grow kids. Her books on differentiation are available in 14 languages.

Carol was named Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2019, she was ranked #8 in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of 200 "University-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling," and as the #3 voice in Educational Psychology. She works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

 


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Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

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