News from our Institutes
Best Practices Institute: March 20-22, 2014
The Best Practices Institue is a 3-day institute designed to explore principles and practices of differentiation with an overarching topic. This year's institute will have a special focus on assessment in the differentiated classroom in conjunction with the new book, Assessment and Student Success in the Differentiated Classroom by Dr. Carol Tomlinson and Dr. Tonya Moon. Tomlinson leads the morning sessions with afternoon break-out sessions lead by DI experts from across the country, as well as personalized sessions tailored for individual grade level, subject area, or job specific needs.
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.
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.
In this month's Ed Leadership column, Carol talks about her missteps in teaching reading and contrasts them of young history teacher strives to make the work of reading an "attractive journey."
"Chad knows that it's essential to avoid reading instruction that asks kids to pick to death texts that are meaningless to them—read a sentence, find an allusion, read another sentence, give me a synonym for the verb the author uses. This practice is deadly and extinguishes motivation to read. It's teachers' job to breathe life into whatever work we ask students to dedicate themselves to—and to ensure that this work doesn't suck the life out of them, especially in reading"
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.
New Articles of Interest
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.
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."
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.