Welcome!

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

Spring Rotunda

Meet teachers from around the world as they gather at the Summer Institutes on Academic Diversity for a 5-day institute 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

Spring Rotunda

If you missed the free webinar we hosted with Carol, click this link for audio and this link for the powerpoint slides.

Tomlinson's Latest

The Differentiated Classroom: New Edition 5/16

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

One To Grow On: Classroom-Based Professional Learning

In her monthly column for Ed Leadership, Carol wonders "what might happen if those of us arranging conditions for professional learning shifted from emphasizing the group setting to emphasizing the classroom."


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

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."

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.