CAT20210622: So Each May Soar: Principles & Practices of Learner-Centered Classrooms
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 So Each May Soar: Principles & Practices of

Learner-Centered Classrooms


There is an interesting paradox in teacher-development—one that merits our on-going attention. Most teachers feel somewhat (or significantly!) uncertain as they begin their classroom careers. Sometimes that results in planning and instruction that are less than commendable. Researchers tell us that, to survive and thrive as educators, teachers must develop predictable habits and routines that are much more promising for students and much less stress-inducing for teachers themselves by their third year in the classroom or face the possibility of leaving the career for which they prepared. The paradox is that once we establish those habits and routines that enable us to teach at a professional level, they become very difficult to change. In other words, the routines and habits that enable us to become viable teachers may well stand in the way of our becoming highly proficient teachers. This webinar is based on a book with the same title authored by Carol Ann Tomlinson and published in July, 2021. The webinar is a refresher-course in quality practices of teachers who aspire to place students at the center of their work. In it, we will look at "best practice" in various aspects of teaching. The session will examine topics such as the attributes of learner-centered teachers, what it means to honor learners, curriculum that honors the learner and learning, learner-centered assessment, and learner-centered instruction.


Participants will:

  • understand what learner-centeredness is—and is not.
  • be able to explain alignment between goals for student growth in learner-centered classrooms and goals for development in learner-centered teachers.
  • describe the connection between the ethics and values of learner-centeredness and the nature of learner-centered environments,
  • analyze their own classroom practice as it relates to the goal of honoring each learner,
  • assess their own goals and processes in establishing learner-centered environments.


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: CAT20210622

Topic: So Each May Soar: Principles & Practices of Learner-Centered Classrooms

Presenter: Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: 20 June 2022 Monday

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

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 27 May 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 webinar, the discounted fee will be S$50.00 per participant for that particular webinar. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials.

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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