CAT250222: Getting Started with Differentiation
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Getting Started with Differentiation


It is common for teachers to begin using parts of a model for differentiating instruction as they explore or “try-out” a few instructional strategies that support differentiation before they feel ready to begin working toward a more fully differentiated classroom. This webinar is designed to guide teachers who are considering leading a classroom that broadly reflects the principles and practices of differentiation. Participants will review the foundational philosophy and principles of differentiation, examine the purposes of getting to know students individually well enough to address their particular strengths and needs, explore a rationale for bringing students on board with the nature and purposes of differentiation, look at strategies for establishing partnerships with students that make teaching in a differentiated classroom both easier for the teacher and more rewarding for students, map out ways in which teachers can initiate differentiation in a stepwise way that results in both teacher and student comfort with the process, and explore ways in which schools and teachers can communicate effectively with parents about differentiation.

Participants will:

  1. understand and analyze the rationale for developing differentiated classrooms (vs. “trying out some of its elements),
  2. describe approaches to getting to know students well enough to teach responsively to them and describe how those approaches might guide their own decision-making,
  3. explain a rationale for inviting students to be the teacher’s partner in creating a classroom that is designed to work well for all students in the classroom and describe how a teacher might issue that invitation,
  4. map out a teacher’s early steps in introducing the routines and practices of differentiation in ways that support confidence and success,
  5. describe effective—and less effective—approaches to communicating with parents about differentiation.


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 also a member of the Singapore Principals Academy's International Advisory Panel.

Carol is the 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.



Registration Details

Course Code: CAT250222

Topic: Getting Started with Differentiation

Presenter: Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: 25 February 2022 Friday

Time: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm Singapore Time GMT+8

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 11 February 2022 Friday

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Workshop Fee: S$60.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$50.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST.

Other Information: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

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