Master Class with Carol Ann Tomlinson: How to Plan and Design Differentiated Instruction


Speaker: Carol Ann Tomlinson


SKU: 100815

Webinar Description

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A certain amount of improvisation is necessary to meet the unpredictable and diverse needs of your learners.But, the truth is that the most effective differentiated instruction happens only with careful and deliberate planning.

Would you like to participate in an expert think-aloud that will help you better plan your differentiated instruction?

Go behind the scenes with top differentiation practitioner Carol Ann Tomlinson who will lead a special master class Thursday, October 8 on how to work differentiation deep into your instructional planning and design. Learn how to craft goals, units, and lessons with your students’ varied backgrounds, strengths, needs, entry points, interests, and learning approaches in mind.

Take part in a planning session for a differentiated unit of study meeting academic standards.   Carol will share her thinking as she leads you through a process that weaves multiple factors in your planning, i.e.  learning standards, diverse learner needs, quality work definitions, and curriculum, assessment, instruction, and classroom routines.

Webinar Topics:

  • Thinking through your planning–staying aware of your planning process and analyzing your thinking as you go
  • The key decisions you must make –don’t leave out classroom management
  • What are your students needs and how will you meet them
  • How will you make standards meaningful to students at different levels
  • Using formative assessment to guide both your thinking and student thinking
  • How will you have students work with new skills to become more proficient–designing respectful tasks at varying levels of complexity
  • Choosing instructional strategies that accommodate student differences and planning for flexible grouping
  • Working out implementation details
  • How to critique your planning work with a lesson rubric


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About the Speaker

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Carol Ann Tomlinson’s career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She now serves as William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Carol is co-director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008.

A reviewer for eight journals, Carol is the author of more than 200 articles, book chapters and books, including The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition. Other books including Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom, co-authored with Marcia B. Imbeau; The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning, with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez; and Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids, with Jay McTighe. Her books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages.


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Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

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