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April 2-4, 2016
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Watch Streaming Video of Teachers in Action

The differentiated instruction PD In Focus® channel explores how to ensure that all students meet the learning goals and provides practical teaching and learning strategies. Watch classroom videos of real teachers using effective teaching practices, supported by insights from Carol Ann Tomlinson and other differentiated instruction experts.

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The Whole Child Podcast

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Differentiated Instruction Works: How and Why to Do DI

In this podcast, explore what differentiated instruction is, what the necessary components of a differentiated learning environment are, and how real teachers are applying differentiation principles and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners.


Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching in which educators actively plan for students' differences so that all students can best learn. In a differentiated classroom, teachers divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively teach students who have various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.

We've gathered these resources to help you identify areas in which you struggle and enhance your ability to differentiate instruction.


Understanding Differentiated Instruction

What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction?

Look at the definition of differentiation—in terms of what it is and is not—in this infographic.

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Characteristics of Differentiated Instruction

See what curricular elements teachers may adapt based on student characteristics at any point in a lesson or unit.

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How do I create an environment that encourages and supports learning?

Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning


Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers Who Grow Kids

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How can I use assessment to inform teaching and learning?

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom


Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom

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How do I lead students and manage routines?

Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom


Differentiated Instruction: Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom

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In-Person Workshop with Carol Ann Tomlinson and Michael Murphy

Leading for Effective Differentiation: Growing Teachers Who Grow the Kids

March 30–April 1, 2016, Atlanta, Ga.

This institute will provide an opportunity to explore with fellow leaders the tools and strategies necessary to deepen the motivation, learning, and practices of teachers who are responsible for ensuring the growth of the full spectrum of learners in today's schools.

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Thoughts on Teaching

Read a collection of Educational Leadership® columns from differentiated instruction expert Carol Ann Tomlinson.

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