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29 - 30 Oct 2020

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Keynote speakers

*an online virtual event may be held as an alternative with registrations transferred to the 2021 Differentiation Institute 

Teachers are keenly aware of their students’ learning differences and understand the challenge of addressing those differences in ways that benefit both individual learners and the class. Differentiated instruction is a way of thinking about the classroom that involves attending to individual and small-group needs while moving the whole class ahead in knowledge, understanding, and skill.

This two-day institute helps teachers to examine the basic principles of differentiation in light of educational neuroscience research and helps them make the most effective curricular, instructional, and assessment choices. Participants will examine how each of those key elements can be shaped for maximum student growth and how they work together to enhance learning.

Learn how to implement differentiation so that it achieves the desired result of shared responsibility between teacher and student.


Virtual Differentiation Institute— an online alternative

Should the Institute be unable to proceed in person, we are offering a Virtual Differentiation Institute in its place, in addition to all 2020 Institute registrations being transferred to the 2021 Institute.


For the Virtual Differentiation Institute, our experts will facilitate short and sharp practical sessions to focus your team’s efforts on differentiated instruction.

Each session will deepen your understanding of differentiated instruction as well as providing insightful tips for implementation. Participants will have access to a concise selection of relevant information handpicked from our literature base and will achieve learning outcomes comparable to the in-person event.


Learning Outcomes

    • Develop a framework for thinking about quality differentiation.
    • Increase understanding of quality classroom practice regarding learning environment, curriculum, formative assessment, instruction, and classroom management.
    • Understand the science behind teaching the best content in the best possible way.
    • Increase competence and confidence in planning for differentiation.
    • Develop Know/Understand/Do objectives that increase teacher and learner clarity about learning outcomes.
    • Create pre- or formative assessments that align with learning goals.
    • Use specific instructional strategies to address student readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.


Who should attend?

    • Teachers (primary school, high school, special education)
    • Curriculum Specialists
    • Instructional Coaches
    • System Leaders
    • Team Leaders
    • Principals/Assistant Principals
    • Staff Development Leaders




(Register before 28th August 2020)


(Register from 28 August onwards)


Included with your registration:

Differentiation and the Brain

This research offers information and insights that can help educators decide whether certain curricular, instructional and assessment choices are likely to be more effective than others. The authors also offer suggestions on how to establish and manage differentiated classrooms without imposing additional heavy burdens on teachers – teach differently and smarter, not harder.

The second edition includes updated references and findings from new educational neuroscience research that support the elements of differentiated instruction. It includes updated instructional strategies and teacher-tested examples related to implementing differentiated instruction components, as well as offering new guidance on working with issues related to learning profiles.


Day 1  
7:45–8:30 a.m. Registration
  • Coffee and tea on arrival.
8:30–10:15 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
  • Carol Tomlinson: What Makes Differentiation Sing?
10:15–10:40 a.m. Morning Tea
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:15–12:55 p.m. Lunch
1:00–1:30 p.m.

Facilitated Session

  • Janelle McGann: Harnessing the Power! Reflecting and Planning for Differentiation in your context.
1:35–3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:00–3:10 p.m. Small Break
3:10–4:00 p.m.


  • Kathy Perez: Celebrate Learning: Inspire to go Higher


Day 2  
7:45–8:30 a.m. Registration
  • Coffee and tea on arrival.
8:30–10:15 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
  • Kathy Perez: Honouring Every Learner: Access and Equity
10:15–10:40 a.m. Morning Tea
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:15–12:55 p.m. Lunch
1:00–2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:30–2:40 p.m. Small Break
2:45–4:00 p.m.

Facilitated Session

  • Janelle McGann (facilitator) with Kathy Perez and Carol Tomlinson: Now What, So What? Making Differenitation Sing in Your Own School/Classroom.


Agenda and presenters are subject to change.

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Day 1: Thu, 29 October, 2020
Presenter Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Tomlinson What Makes Differentiation Sing? The Teacher is the Key to Successful Differentiation Leading for Differentiation
McGann What Really Matters in Planning (Primary) What Really Matters in Planning (Secondary)
Perez Dynamic Differentiation: One Size Does Not Fit All Creating Flexible Environments that Promote Differentiated Learning Celebrate Learning: Inspire to go Higher
Day 2: Fri, 30 October, 2020
Presenter Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Perez Honouring Every Learner: Access and Equity Supporting Student Success: Integrating SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in Your Differentiated Classroom Leading the Way for Inclusion: Instructional Adaptations for Student Success
McGann What Really Matters in Assessment in the primary classroom? What Really Matters in Assessment in the secondary classroom?
Tomlinson Differentiation Grows Up: In Fact, We DON’T Already do That! Grading in a Differentiated Classroom
McGann, Perez and Tomlinson Now What, So What? Making Differentiation Sing in Your Own School/Classroom
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