Differentiating Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms:
Understanding it, Making it Happen
By Carol Ann Tomlinson

13th - 14th April 2018, Hong Kong
In every classroom, students have a significant range of learning needs. Some learn more rapidly, some more slowly. Some students are fluent in the language of the classroom, others are learning that language as they learn content. Students' attention spans, approaches to learning, self-confidence, out-of-school experiences, and skills levels vary greatly. Teachers feel a great responsibility to ensure that students learn designated curriculum, and yet it's often the case that at least parts of the curriculum are, for a time, beyond the reach of some students while other students can demonstrate mastery of that content before the class begins to study it. In a time when diversity is the hallmark of virtually all classrooms and when so many aspects of society are personalized, one-size-fits-all teaching seems not only outdated but also ineffective for many learners. In this two-day session, participants will explore the key elements as well as a range of instructional strategies that contribute to effective differentiation through analysis of videos and lessons from differentiated classrooms, reading, whole group and small group discussions, and hands-on activities. Both days will include workshop time in which participants will have the opportunity to design a differentiation lesson for their own classrooms using one of several instructional strategies highlighted in the sessions.

Participants will:

Deepen understanding of a framework for planning effective differentiation, including the roles of learning environment, curriculum, assessment, instruction, and classroom leadership/management, Use that framework to analyze examples of differentiation from varied grade levels and subjects through a variety of modalities Review and analyze examples of both low prep and high prep strategies that can be effective for addressing student variance in readiness, interest, and learning profile, Apply key principles and strategies through creation of differentiated instructional plans.
Potential Audience:
K-12 teachers, instructional specialists, school leaders, university instructors of preservice and in-service educators.
Trainer’s Profile:
Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education where she is also Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a teacher for 21 years. During that time, she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974.

Carol is author of over 250 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, (with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design, (with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez)The Differentiated School, (with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom, and (with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom. Her books on differentiation are available in 13 languages.

Carol was named Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2012 she was #27 on in the Education WeekEdu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. In that same list, she was ranked in the top five most influential voices in Teacher Education, Curriculum, and Instruction. Carol works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.
  USD 750/- Closing Date 1st February 2018.

USD 650/- Early Bird Offer 1st November,2017.

  English Schools Foundation
25 / F 1063 Kings Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

Hotel Accommodation
Harbour Plaza North Point.
  Timings 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Registration at 8.00 am on the April, 2018
  Shonal Agarwal

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