Welcome to the Home of UVA's Institutes on Academic Diversity

Hello and welcome! We've designed this site as your 'go to' place for reliable information and resources on Differentiated Instruction. The site is also the home of the Institutes that we host on the grounds of the University of Virginia. We hope that this site provides you a place to 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

BPI Registration Open!

Registration is now open for our 2015 Best Practice Insitute: Making Differentiation Work -- Linking Your Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. Space is limited!

For more information about registration, visit the UVA site. For more details about the Institute check out the BPI page on this site.

Tomlinson's Latest

The Differentiated Classroom: New Edition Out

Finally, after 15 years Carol has revisited her seminal work The Differentiated Classroom.

One To Grow On: The Kind of STEM Teachers We Need

In her monthly column for Ed Leadership, Carol considers what makes a STEM teacher:

"I've always liked John Muir's assertion1 that 'when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.' We'll get the crop of STEM graduates we need not so much when we mandate courses in certain disciplines as when we support teachers in all subjects to help their students develop the attitudes and habits of mind at the core of seeing—and seeking to understand—what's all around us in the world. And I'd bet those same habits will lead students to be wise stewards of that world."

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


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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.

Media of Interest

Using Technology to Become a Better Listener

In a new ASCD Express issue on Differentiation and Technology, Melinda Moran shares practices that help us know our students better and suggests online resources that support those practices: Becoming Better Listeners.

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 an 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."