Institute on Effective Differentiation 2023

Join your national and international educators 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 a repertoire of strategies and skills that support the development of high-quality curriculum, instruction, and assessment,  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.

The Institute on Effective Differentiation (IED) is an intensive 18-hour learning experience with a hands-on, minds-on approach to Differentiated Instruction. You'll find much to learn in the Institute if you're an educational leader, key personnel, curriculum specialist or classroom teacher. Now in its 3rd year running in Singapore, the IED offers a transformative professional development experience for all!

The Agenda for the 3 Day Institute….

Day 1—Morning Session
We'll begin the day with an introduction to the five key components of effective differentiation through discussion, video, and analysis of examples.  Then we'll look more closely at two of the elements—learning environment in an effectively differentiated classroom and the nature of curriculum in an effectively differentiated classroom. We will use various resources including articles, videos, lesson plans, and quality indicators in the exploration.

Day 1—Afternoon Session
In this hands-on workshop, participants will use their own curriculum content as a springboard to create learning goals at the course level, unit level or lesson level and will then begin to consider what evidence of student understanding might look like.  The goal for the session is to guide participants in laying out a curricular framework that is most likely to support learning success for a broad range of students.  Afternoon sessions on Day 2 and Day 3 will build on the work done during the afternoon session of Day 1.

Day 2—Morning Session
After a brief continuation of Day 1 work on the curriculum in a differentiated classroom, participants will focus on formative assessment in a differentiated classroom, including connections with both the learning environment and curriculum.  We'll use video and print examples to investigate various approaches to formatively assessing student growth and various assessment strategies.  The session goal is to clarify how formative assessment fuels effective differentiation, guides both teacher and student success and shapes the learning environment.

Day 2—Afternoon Session
In this hands-on session, participants will continue building on their curricular frameworks to create a formative assessment to help them and their students understand important next steps in growth.  The session intends to help participants work with aligning curriculum goals with assessments and explore ways of translating assessment information into instructional action.

Day 3—Morning Session
This session will focus on instruction in a differentiated classroom, including a range of low and high-prep strategies that can be useful in addressing students' varied learning needs.  We'll also look at subtle but powerful ways in which teachers address students' cognitive needs that do not involve "named" strategies but rather build a safe, supportive, and challenging environment for a range of learners.  A part of the morning's exploration will involve analysis of the teacher use of key practices such as teaching up, flexible grouping, and respectful tasks.

Day 3—Afternoon Session
Today's hands-on workshop will guide participants in developing a differentiated instructional strategy that stems from their curriculum goals and addresses needs revealed by the formative assessment they developed in the Day 2 workshop.  We'll also take a concluding look at ways in which environment, curriculum, assessment, and instruction work together to maximize each learner's growth.

Please note that since this Institute focuses on differentiation, presenters will model differentiation throughout the 3-days. This may result in some modification of the content and approaches of both morning and afternoon sessions.  In addition, one of the three presenters will be available during all afternoon workshops to guide small group conversations based on participants' interests and needs that may become useful as the three days evolve.  In addition, during morning sessions, two of the presenters will be available for individual or small group consultation.

About the Trainers:

Dr Carol Tomlinson
Carol A. Tomlinson, Ed.D., is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s School of Education where she served as Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, and 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. She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974. At UVa, she was named Outstanding Professor in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2019, she was ranked #8 in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of 200 “University-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling,” and as the #3 voice in Educational Psychology. Dr Tomlinson is also a member of the Singapore Principals Academy’s International Advisory Panel. Her books on differentiation have been translated into 14 languages. Among those books is Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Student Success, which she co-authored with Tonya R. Moon. Dr Tomlinson will be presenting via teleconference.

Dr Tonya Moon
Tonya R. Moon, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, and Co-Director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic Diversity. Her research and teaching interests include the use of student data for supporting students’ academic needs. She works with educators nationally and internationally in the area of assessment to better address the academic diversity of today’s classrooms through differentiated instruction. She and Carol A. Tomlinson are co-authors on the book Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Students Success ASCD). Moon, Brighton, and Tomlinson are also co-authors on a recently released book, Using Differentiated Classroom Assessment to Enhance Student Learning (Routledge). Dr Tonya Moon will be presenting in-person at the institute.

Dr Catherine Brighton
Catherine M. Brighton, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Services and Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development where she also serves as the Co-Director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic Diversity. Catherine’s research interests include teacher change and school reform initiatives, differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and qualitative methodologies. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a US Department of Education-funded grant on talent development through the lens of literacy. Catherine also led a multi-year project for the National Research Center on the Gifted & Talented focus on differentiating instruction in middle-grade classrooms with diverse student populations. Dr Catherine Brighton will be presenting in-person at the institute.

What Participants said…

  • The Institute gives me a clearer picture of Differentiated Instruction (DI) and how to conduct DI.
  • Very relevant to the work in school. I gained a deeper understanding of C-A-1 connections, and differentiation as a way of thinking about T&L; valuable insights were achieved, such as KUDs as an anchor. Thank you so much!
  • It provides the most recent evidence-based DI.
  • Provided a good overview of differentiation – a good range of practical examples to be applied in classes.
  • It has helped me to discover the importance of quality teaching and learning and how to get there.
  • The Institute provided me with new perspectives on differentiation and reframing teacher mindset.
  • The "instrumental" component was beneficial in the context of my work.
  • It was an excellent workshop, and the participants worked very hard to provide one another with feedback on how to improve teaching and learning.
  • The facilitators were very passionate, knowledgeable, and approachable.
  • The workshop helped me plan and understand what I should focus on. It aligned and realigned my thinking and approach.
  • The workshop is content intensive, and I have a better understanding of DI and what it involves, especially the different DI strategies beyond JIGSAW and Tired Assessments I have used.

Registration Details

Dates: 19 – 21 June 2023

Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Mode of Delivery: Face to face

Venue: To Be Advised


- S$800.00 (early bird price)

- S$1000.00 (standard price)

The early bird fee ends on Friday 28 April 2023. Fees are subject to GST.

Closing Date: 12 May 2023 Friday

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.

Please contact Joseph Loy by email or tel: 6363 0330 for more information.