Institute on Academic Diversity
Institute on Academic Diversity
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Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson will be back in Singapore from 18 to 20 June 2018 to present at the Institute on Academic Diversity which is a signature program of the University of Virginia. She will bring along another two professors, Catherine Brighton and Tonya Moon with her to present.

Come join your national and international educator and leadership colleagues at one of the finest conference learning experiences offered. Gain an understanding of the attitudes and practices that support optimal learning environments for diverse learners, build repertoire of strategies and skills that support the development of high-quality curriculum and instruction, learn how to more effectively respond to the needs of a diverse classroom, and acquire the skills to lead and support the movement toward more responsive classrooms. Experience the difference of a smaller presenter-participant ratio, needs-focused support systems, and differentiated principles embedded into the conference structures. Take advantage of the opportunity to receive one-on-one support to help you grow in your journey toward a differentiated classroom or district.


The Institute on Academic Diversity strive to equip participants with the core principles of Differentiated Instruction by:

  • Providing classroom teachers with an understanding of the attitudes and practices that support optimal learning environments for diverse learners;
  • Helping educators build a repertoire of strategies and skills that support the development of high-quality curriculum and instruction, in order to more effectively respond to the needs of a diverse classroom; and
  • Assisting leaders of all levels of educational practice to support the movement toward more responsive classrooms.


We look forward to meeting you at the Institute!



Exploring Differentiation: Responding Effectively to Learning Needs of your Students


Students in virtually all classrooms differ significantly in their background experiences, entry points into various content areas, strengths and weaknesses, personal interests, and approaches to learning. While most teachers are keenly aware of those differences, it's often a challenge for teachers to think about how to move the class as a whole forward toward shared goals while at the same time addressing student needs to master earlier goals or move ahead of whole-class learning targets. It's an additional challenge to think about the logistics of a classroom in which multiple tasks will sometimes occur simultaneously. This three-day institute will guide participants in continuing to grow frameworks for thinking about and planning for differentiation in common-sense ways that are also rooted in our best knowledge of what constitutes quality teaching and learning. Morning sessions each day will lay a foundation for understanding key elements of differentiation. Afternoon sessions will provide extended opportunity to think more deeply about the ideas explored in the morning session in order to connect the ideas with their own teaching. An underlying emphasis for all sessions is the power of the curriculum-assessment-instruction connection to teacher and student success in differentiated classrooms.


The Faculty


 Carol Ann Tomlinson

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education where she is also Co-Director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. 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. Carol is author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry 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 works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

 Brighton Catherine

Catherine Brighton, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity, is Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, and Co-Principal Investigator on two sponsored research projects focused on teachers’ use of literacy data to inform instruction. She earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology (Gifted Education emphasis) at the University of Virginia. Prior to that, she served as a curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, teacher of the gifted, and classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, (Charlotte, NC). She is the Past-President of the Virginia Association for the Gifted, Treasurer of the American Educational Research Association, Special Interest Group in Research for Giftedness and Talent, and the former Program Chair for the Research and Evaluation Division of the National Association for Gifted Children, from whom she received the 2005 Early Leader Award.

 Tonya Moon

Tonya R. Moon, Ph.D.,   is a Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a co-director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity. Tonya spends her professional career actively engaged in teaching assessment, research, and statistics courses at the University and conducting research in K-12 classrooms investigating teachers’ use of data for designing instructional actions. Tonya has published and presented widely on the topics of assessment, differentiation, identification of gifted students, and program evaluation. She is the co-author with Carol Tomlinson on the ASCD text, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, and the author of a chapter on differentiation and assessment within a diverse classroom setting in the recently released Handbook of Human and Social Factors in Assessment. She works both nationally and internationally with educators on issues associated with assessment.



Date: 18 to 20 June 2018
Venue: Resorts World Convention Centre
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closing Date: 25 May 2018 Friday

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Workshop Fee:

Early Bird (till 20 April 2018 Extended till 13 May 2018): S$800.00 per participant.
Standard Fee (from 14 May 2018): S$1000.00 per participant.

Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, 2 tea breaks and a lunch.

Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

For more information, please contact Joseph Loy at tel: (65) 6363 0330 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it