CAT140322: Conversations between Teachers & Leaders that Support Teacher Development in Differentiation
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Conversations between Teachers & Leaders that Support

Teacher Development in Differentiation


The role of key personnel and school leaders in supporting teacher growth and development is always important. That is, even more, the case when teachers are asked to adopt new ways of thinking about their work in ways that are unfamiliar and often unsettling. Most teachers have not experienced differentiation significantly in their own educational journeys and most find it difficult to envision both what differentiation might look like and how to enact it in daily teaching and learning. Leader-teacher conversations about differentiation can be a powerful tool on multiple levels—for example, ensuring that teacher understanding of differentiation are accurate and aligned across teachers, hearing about steps teachers are taking to become more skilled and confident in teaching responsively, gathering insights about the kinds of support teachers feel they need in order to continue developing as responsive teachers, understanding tensions that inevitably accompany a person's attempt to move beyond their comfort zone, and providing personalized feedback to teachers as part of goal-setting. Participants in this session will explore several kinds of leader-teacher conversations, approaches to those conversations that are likely to be productive, and ways of thinking about and responding to teacher hesitancy in moving forward.


Participants will:

  1. Understand short- and long-term benefits of ongoing leader-teacher conversations.
  2. Be able to apply one or more conversation "frameworks" depending on the teacher's strengths and needs and/or the leader's need for insight.
  3. Understand why the benefits of addressing and responding to tensions are more helpful than avoiding those tensions.


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: CAT140322

Topic: Conversations between Teachers & Leaders that Support Teacher Development in Differentiation

Presenter: Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: 14 March 2022 Monday

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

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 18 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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