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Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson

Speaker Summary

You would struggle to find anyone on Earth who knows more about differentiated instruction than Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson. As a prolific best-selling author (with her books translated into over 15 languages) and as an internationally acclaimed expert on mixed ability classes, Carol Ann is first and foremost focused on responding to the needs of ALL learners. She has been working across the U.S and the world for the better part of two decades, instilling the values of strong, responsive and heterogenous classrooms wherever she has gone.

Areas of Expertise

Differentiation – Vulnerable Learners – Curriculum – Leadership and Management – Whole-school Improvement – Assessment

Full Profile

Carol Ann Tomlinson was a public-school teacher in her native east coast of the USA for 21 years, where she taught at every level of learning. During 12 years of this time, she took on the role of program administrator of services for struggling and advanced learners in her district. Her hard work, and commitment to the cause of every student earned her the State of Virginia’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1974.

She is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where she also chairs the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy, and co-directs the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She is a reviewer for 8 educational journals and has authored over 300 publications and educational materials on the importance of differentiated instruction.

Aside from winning the State of Virginia’s Teacher of the Year award, Carol Ann was also named Outstanding Professor of the Year at the University of Virginia in 2004, and then received a further All University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2014 she was recognised as the one of the two most influential higher education voices in psychology in the US by EducationNext.

Carol Ann’s best-selling book How To Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms is considered a seminal work on the topic. She continues to champion the cause of academically diverse students around the world to this day.


Carol has written over 300 publications, these include her best-selling works:
- How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (1995)
- The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2014)
- Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers Who Grow Kids (2015)

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