Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom

Target Audience: Educators

Course Leader: Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date/Time: October 15-16, 2015
9am – 4pm

Venue: To be confirmed – Chiangmai, Thailand

Workshop Overview
In most classrooms today, teachers are keenly aware of their students’ learning differences and struggle to figure out how to address those differences in ways that benefit both the individual learners and the class as a whole. Differentiated Instruction is a way of thinking about the classroom that involves attending to individual and small group needs while moving the whole class ahead in knowledge, understanding, and skill.

This two-day workshop is designed to help teachers develop a sound understanding of the principles and practices that are evident in effectively differentiated classrooms. Participants will examine the role of learning environment, curriculum, instruction, formative assessment, and classroom management in designing instruction that both challenges and supports a broad range of learners. We’ll examine how each of those key elements can be shaped for maximum student growth and how they work together to enhance learning.

A key focus of the workshop will be exploration of teacher lesson plans, analysis of video clips, and introduction to specific instructional strategies to model and extend participant awareness of and comfort with differentiation. The workshop will include whole group and small breakout group work as well as opportunities for individual consultation.

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
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to:
Develop a framework for thinking about quality differentiation
Increase understanding of quality classroom practice in regard to learning environment, curriculum, formative assessment, instruction, and classroom management
Increase competence and confidence in planning for differentiation, and
Be ready to use several instructional strategies to address learner variance in their classrooms.
Day 1
A rationale for differentiation
Defining Differentiation
Creating a Classroom Environment that Invites and Supports Learning
Quality Curriculum in a Differentiated Classroom
Day 2
Use of Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction
Instructional Strategies that Support Differentiation
Managing a Differentiated Classroom
Moving Ahead in your Classroom
Implementable Skills
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to apply the following to their classrooms:
Developing Know/Understand/Do objectives that increase teacher and learner clarity about learning outcomes
Creating pre- or formative-assessments that align with learning goals
Planning instruction based on formative assessment information
Using specific instructional strategies to address student readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.

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 – Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom


Course Fee
Early Bird (Register by February 28, 2015)
Course fee: USD 652/Baht 21,500 per participant

Regular (Register by April 24, 2015 )
Course fee: USD 710/Baht 23,430 per participant

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