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Defensible Differentiation: What Does it Take to Get it Right?
Carol Ann Tomlinson, University of Virginia Curry School of Education

Friday, October 7, 2011
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

Contemporary classrooms typically include students from varying readiness levels, interests, approaches to learning, cultures, and experiences.  Despite evidence that one-size-fits-all instruction is not highly successful for many of those students, it’s difficult for many educators to abandon more familiar ways of teaching in favor of classrooms that effectively attend to student variance.  This workshop will highlight five key elements of “defensible differentiation”—teaching that is highly likely to make a positive difference in the achievement of students and in their overall school experience—including academically advanced learners.  Participants will explore the key principles through both print and video examples of classrooms where differentiation is standard practice.  As a result of the session, attendees should have a clear framework for planning differentiation and some instructional strategies to use in that planning and practical guidance for dealing with issues such as assigning students to groups, handling student noise, movement around the classroom, using materials, and grading.  
 
This workshop is for grades K-12.
 
Presenter
Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Also at UVa., she is Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.

Carol is a reviewer for eight journals and is author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. She has authored several books including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms and The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners and professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning. In addition, she is co-author of The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners. Carol's books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages. She works throughout the U. S. and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.

Location
The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.
 
Parking
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service.  Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $49 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  The self parking rate is $44 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.
 
Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.  
 
Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $199/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "Independent Schools Association of the Central States" or click here to reserve a room online. Special discounted rates  have been extended and are available Friday September 23, 2011. 
 
Registration Fee
$200 Member Fee
$250 Non Member Fee
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
Workshop includes lunch
 
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing programinfo@isacs.org 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Questions? Please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.
 


Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250

   






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