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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 in the how we define Differentiated Instruction.

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

Institute News

2014 Best Practice Institute: March 26-28

We've set the dates for BPI and are finalizing the line-up and theme. Stay tuned for registration to open soon!

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: 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.