Leading for Effective Differentiation

Target Audience: School Leaders

Course Leader: Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: October 17, 2015
9am – 4pm

Venue: To be confirmed – Chiangmai, Thailand

Workshop Overview
One of the greatest challenges—and opportunities—for teachers and school leaders in contemporary schools is learning to address the needs of increasingly diverse student populations. School leaders and teachers alike are keenly aware of the diversity of cultures, languages, entry points, interests, and approaches to learning that are part of virtually all classrooms. Despite that awareness, few classrooms give evidence of coherent, proactively planned attention to student variance.

Positive school change happens only when school leaders can work with teachers to develop a shared vision of effective teaching and provide consistent support for teachers to understand and implement the change initiative. In other words, the role of the school leader is as important as that of the teacher in improving the quality of teaching and learning.

This workshop is designed to
Help school leaders refine and clarify their understanding of quality differentiated instruction in order to provide the kind of leadership and support necessary for teachers to plan for and provide more responsive teaching.
Help school leaders develop skills and understandings necessary to support teachers in planning for and implementing effective differentiation.

Adviced Pre-requisite
It is advised that leaders who have not extensively studied differentiation attend the teacher session (Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom) in order to ensure a solid understanding of differentiation. This session for leaders will cover a very brief summary of the key elements of differentiation.

Workshop Facilitator


Carol Ann Tomlinson is an American educator, author and speaker. She is best known for her innovative work with Differentiated instruction education techniques. 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,
(with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, and
(with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide to Learner Success.
Her books on differentiation are available in 13 languages.

In 2013 Carol was #20 on in the Education Week Edu-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 Psychology. Carol works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

Goals of the Workshop
Refine a rationale/vision for differentiated or responsive classrooms
Establish a shared understanding of differentiation
Explore the elements of effective differentiation
Identify indicators of quality differentiation

Understanding what differentiation is—and is not
Key elements in effective differentiation
Analysis of lesson plans and classroom videos for quality of differentiation
Planning for and leading effective differentiation at the school level

Implementable Skills
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to implement the following:
Analyze classroom plans and instruction for indicators of quality differentiation in classroom settings
Provide feedback to teachers on quality of differentiation
Plan professional development and other learning opportunities to support teacher growth toward effective differentiation

This workshop was held in Chiangmai , Thailand in September 2014. The response of the participants to the question: “What are the theory/skills acquired from this workshop that you can use immediately?” is documented here:

Implementable skills – Leading for Effective Differentiation


Course Fee
Early Bird (Register by February 28, 2015)
Course fee: USD 340/Baht 11,220 per participant

Regular (Register by April 24, 2015 )
Course fee: USD 360/Baht 11,880 per participant

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770
(replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)

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