CAT050922: Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports a Learner-Friendly Classroom
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Differentiation and the Brain:

How Neuroscience Supports a Learner-Friendly Classroom


David Sousa who is a noted authority on educational neuroscience and Carol Tomlinson who is known for her work on differentiated instruction team up to discuss the alignment between their two speciality areas.

This session explores how findings from research in educational neuroscience align with and reinforce the basic principles and practices of differentiated instruction. This exciting area of research in neuroscience continues to reveal how the variance in cognitive, social, and emotional development makes each student's brain unique. It also provides insights that can help educators decide characteristics of learning environment curriculum, assessment, and instruction are most likely to result in successful learning for academically and culturally diverse students.


Goals for the Webinar:

Participants will:

  • Analyze a model for establishing and guiding a differentiated, brain-friendly classroom,
  • Reflect on and propose plans to implement a classroom environment that actively supports learning,
  • Identify characteristics of high quality, brain-friendly curriculum,
  • Identify and plan for assessment practices for assessment that informs teaching and learning,
  • Examine the role of student readiness, interest, variety, and student voice and choice in learning.


About the Presenters:


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.


Dr David Sousa

David Anthony SousaDavid A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.



Registration Details

Course Code: CAT050922

Topic: Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports a Learner-Friendly Classroom

Presenter: Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson and Dr David Sousa

Date: 5 September 2022 Monday

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

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 12 August 2022 Friday

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Workshop Fee: S$200.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same webinar, the discounted fee will be S$180.00 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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