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Welcome to DifferentiationCentral, the online home of the Institutes On Academic Diversity. We've designed this website as your 'go to' place for reliable information and resources that will help deepen your understanding and enhance your practice of Differentiated Instruction. Here you can share your successes with others and find help from experts in the field. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. You may want to begin by learning about how we define Differentiated Instruction.

Carol Tomlinson
William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor of Education
Curry School of Education - University of Virginia

Institute News

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REGISTRATION FOR SIAD 2014 IS OPEN!

The Summer Institutes on Academic Diversity are 5-day institutes designed to explore principles and practices of differentiation. Carol Tomlinson leads the morning sessions with afternoon break-out sessions lead by DI experts from across the country. Week 1 (July 14-18) introduces participants to the principles and practices of differentiation, while Week 2 (July 21-25) is recommended for educators with more exposure to differentiation.

Key presenters include Carol Tomlinson, Marcia Imbeau, Kristina Doubet and a host of other amazing contributors.

Limited scholarships are available based on need. If you are interested, please email us with a one-page explanation about why you need the scholarship and what you hope to do with your training. The deadline to apply is May 1st.

Do you need help choosing which week is best for you? Use this checklist

Tomlinson's Latest

"One To Grow On: The Principal in the Hallway"

This month's Ed Leadership focus on Using Assessments Thoughtfully in which Carol contributes beyond her monthly column with an article on formative assessment.

In her monthly column, she shares key beliefs of a symbolic and cultural leader: "He found a place in the hallways through which almost every person in the school passes during the course of a typical day. He makes it a priority to stand at that spot whenever people are moving about. This allows him to connect with nearly everyone every day."

The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's

In her monthly column, she shares key beliefs of a symbolic and cultural leader: "He found a place in the hallways through which almost every person in the school passes during the course of a typical day. He makes it a priority to stand at that spot whenever people are moving about. This allows him to connect with nearly everyone every day."

In her feature article, Carol offers 10 principles of formative assessment grounded by the belief that:

Formative assessment is—or should be—the bridge or causeway between today's lesson and tomorrow's. Both its alignment with current content goals and its immediacy in providing insight about student understanding are crucial to helping teacher and student see how to make near-term adjustments so the progression of learning can proceed as it should.

Success, Student-by-Student: An Interview with Carol Ann Tomlinson

Carol talks to the Alabama Best Practices Center about differentiation and her new book from ASCD, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, which is co-authored with UVA colleague Tonya Moon.



Videos from our Presenters

Just getting started with Differentiation?

In a video clip filmed at one of our Institutes, Carol Tomlinson breaks down three basic ways researchers tell us that students can differ with respect to learning: readiness, interest, and learning profile. She then suggests how teachers might differentiate with these needs in mind.

 

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Media of Interest

Podcast: PreK-12 Talk Radio

Starting about 2:45, Carol has a chat with educational podcaster, Larry Jacobs, in Maine, .

Online Education Radio at Blog Talk Radio with EduTalk on BlogTalkRadio

"The Stigma of Low Expectations"

Ed Week blogger, Peter DeWitt, uses a new article published in Educational Leadership by Carol Tomlinson and Jane Jarvis, "Teaching Up," as a springboard to discuss setting high expectations for all students.

"Several Ways To Differentiate Instruction"

Award-winning teacher, author and blogger, Larry Ferlazzo asked Carol Tomlinson and Rick Rick Wormeli to help answer the question, "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" Read how they answered that question in his Teacher Blog in Education Week."

"Differentiation: Flexibility Within Consistency"

Carol Tomlinson and Mindy Moran discuss which elements of the differentiated classroom should remain the same for all our students and which might sometimes need to look different in an article for the HOPE Foundation, a leadership organization whose Honorary Chair is Archbishop Desmond Tutu.