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ASCD Author Carol Ann Tomlinson
Author Workshop

Raising Ceilings: What Does It Mean to "Teach Up"?

"Teaching up" is an alternative to the common educational practice of tracking/ability grouping/streaming students based on our sense of their capacities to learn. We have long assumed this approach is best for teachers and students because it allows teacher the convenience of teaching students "where they are" and benefits students by providing them challenges that match their achievement or capability levels.

Who should attend?
Curriculum Director
Department Head
Professional Development Director
Grade Levels
Adult Education / Higher Learning
Elementary School
High School
Kindergarten / Pre-Kindergarten
Middle School
Topics covered
Assessment and grading
Challenged (whole child)
Critical thinking
Curriculum design and lesson planning
Instructional leadership

About the Authors

At the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. professor and chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, teaching post-graduate students, mainly in the areas of curriculum design and differentiated instruction. She is also co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity, where she strives to help educators understand the principles of differentiated instruction and develop competence and confidence in creating responsive classrooms that meet the diverse learning needs of today's students.

As an educator for more than 21 years, Tomlinson has worked as an elementary and a secondary public school teacher. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2016, she was ranked #16 in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings for "university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling," and as the #3 voice in Educational Psychology. She's written more than 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other materials for educators.

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