Putting Differentiation to Work in the Classroom

September 27 - 28, 2019

Sept 27: 8.30 - 15.30

Sept 28: 8:00 - 15:00

Shangri-La Hotel

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Baht 24,500 per participant​

Group of 3 or more

Baht 21,500 per participant

Register by

September 18, 2019


While virtually all classrooms contain students with a wide range of readiness levels, interests, strengths, and weaknesses, cultures and languages, and past school experiences, few teachers feel confident in leading classrooms designed to address those diverse learner needs.  


This two-part workshop is designed to sharpen participants’ understanding of what constitutes effective differentiation and to support participants in creating a differentiated lesson plan for their own classrooms as a way of thinking about and applying key principles and practices of differentiation.

Mornings in the two-day session will focus on understanding principles and practices that lead to effective differentiation through direct instruction, video analysis, and small/whole group dialogue.


Afternoons will provide participants guidance, support, and feedback for applying the ideas and skills from morning sessions to lesson plans participants develop for use in their own classrooms.

Who should attend

Primary and Secondary Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Leaders

Skills you will gain

  • Identifying and understanding the key elements of differentiation and how they are important in extending the capacity of a range of learners.

  • Analyzing strengths and next steps of teachers in applying the key elements of differentiation in classrooms (via video scenarios).

  • Creating a differentiated lesson plan using an instructional strategy that supports attention to learner readiness, interest, and/or learning profile


Day 1

Session 1

What differentiation is and isn’t

The role of learning environment in effective differentiation


Session 2

The role of curriculum in effective differentiation
Exploring instructional strategies that support differentiation

Session 3

Lesson Design Workshop

Day 2

Session 1

The role of formative assessment in effective differentiation


Session 2

Leading and managing a differentiated classroom

Exploring instructional strategies that support differentiation

Session 3

Lesson Design Workshop

What to bring

Think about and select a portion of an upcoming unit that you would like to use in creating a differentiated lesson plan. If there are materials you will need to develop that lesson plan, please bring them with you (on paper or electronically) to both days of the workshop.

Course Leader

Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.  Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a public school teacher for 21 years.  During that time, she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners.  She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974.  At UVa, she was named Curry’s Teacher of the Year in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008.
Carol is author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms 3rd Ed.), The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2nd Edition), and (with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (2nd Ed.).


Her books on differentiation are available in 13 languages. She works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.