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Faculty Conversation: Carol Tomlinson on Differentiation » Articles » Curry School of Education

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Faculty Conversation: Carol Tomlinson on Differentiation

In education circles, Carol Ann Tomlinson is known as the guru of differentiation. Her research-based work is in such high demand that she has made more than 700 presentations and keynote addresses to school districts and professional associations across the country and abroad since joining the Curry School in 1991. She has authored 17 books on the topics of differentiated instruction and curriculum, some of which have been translated into twelve languages. 

In this Curry conversation, Tomlinson offers her take on what makes differentiation so important for students.


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As the South African Department of Basic Education is introducing the concept of curriculum differentiation as an essential component of the successful delivery of the National Curriculum Statement, advice from experts such as Carol Tomlinson is very valuable.

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Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education

Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

A web space of the South African Department of Basic Education where educators, parents and education officials can share knowledge and best practice in the field of
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This is an interactive learning space which welcomes contributions from followers and encourages debate
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WorkFit- Employees view 2013 - YouTube

WorkFit is a direct link between people with Down's syndrome and employers.
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Everyone deserves a job. Working promotes wellbeing!
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Statistics on skills give SA reason to worry

Statistics on skills give SA reason to worry | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Systematic exclusion of so many young people from the opportunities and rewards of the formal economy cannot continue, writes Mark Potterton (Come on South African educators!
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* All pupils need new skills to thrive in a global knowledge economy. Pupils need to learn how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams and be entrepreneurial. They need to be curious and know how to communicate effectively.

* In the age of the internet, using new information to solve problems matters more than recalling old information.

* Today’s pupils are motivated differently from previous generations. They hunger for instant gratification and connectedness. They need teachers who understand this.

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Partners for Possibility: Leading change in SA Education | Leader.co.za

Partners for Possibility: Leading change in SA Education | Leader.co.za | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Most business leaders have realised that we can't just sit back and hope that our government will deal with all the significant social issues facing South Africa. We simply don't have the knowledge, skills and experience in our government.
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Business leaders become learning and implementation partners to school principals. Given the reality that most principals have not been adequately equipped for their task to lead change at their schools, this partnership creates an opportunity for leaders to share their knowledge and skills with a principal and school leadership team who are keen to learn and lead change in their schools and communities. 

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International conference on Policy and Practice in Inclusive Education

Open seminar for invited public. School Development through Inclusive capabilities towards higher achievement - Fundamental challenges and strategies. 15.10-15.30 Key note speech: Inclusion...
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Very stimulating address by Julie Allan on where we stand globally with the realisation of the inclusive education ideal.

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School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists - Disability Scoop

School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
A shortage of psychologists and other highly trained specialists is driving some school districts to new extremes when it comes to hiring special education
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If this is true for a high income country it is even a greater challenge, in fact a disastrous situation in low to middle income countries

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Don't write off children with dyslexia - Edarabia

Don't write off children with dyslexia - Edarabia | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The findings suggested that the prevalence of features consistent with dyslexia is 17.6 per cent among female Emirati university students, that they experience these difficulties in both English and Arabic, and that they tend to choose courses ...

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Young people with disabilities campaign for the right to learn

Young people with disabilities campaign for the right to learn | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Post-16 education for those with physical or learning disabilities shouldn't be a postcode lottery
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Expectations for young people with Down Syndrome in South Africa are in general too low!

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - I...

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - I... | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
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Flipped classrooms go hand in hand with the use of ICTs in the classroom. Revolutionises the role of the teacher and leaves more time for individual support.

 

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Special Education Funding Lopsided, Report Finds - Disability Scoop

Special Education Funding Lopsided, Report Finds - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report
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“For every year in which IDEA is not updated and revised, the formula through which federal dollars are distributed to the states becomes more outdated, and states are another year removed from the reality in which the formula was written." Developing funding formulae for equitable inclusive education remains a challenge for all governments.

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endoRIOT: List of 40 FREE Educational Websites

endoRIOT: List of 40 FREE Educational Websites | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Beat The System – 40 FREE Educational Websites
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There are many websites on the Internet that now offer FREE of charge learning materials. Now even the poorest people could afford to be better educated than many of Harvard’s graduates, all they need is access to a computer(does not even have to be personal one, it could be the one that the local library offers for public use)

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Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"The concept of teacher professional development has radically changed due to the boom in digital technologies and social media websites. The web now is replete with a variety of professional learning networks and communities of practice on almost any topic you think of. There is also another type of portals that have seen the light recently and which offer massive courses and trainings on different subjects, these are MOOCs. MOOCs are a great way for growing professionally particularly that most of the courses they offer are free. I have already featured some interesting MOOC resources that teachers can use for the enhancement of their PD and today I want to share with you some wonderful iPad apps that will allow you to pursue your PD on the go."


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Useful.

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Remove educational boundaries, encourage creativity and watch children soar — Larger Family Life

Remove educational boundaries, encourage creativity and watch children soar — Larger Family Life | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
We are so set in our opinion of what a real education is, that we' re missing out on the what-ifs. Eight-year-old Eddie has provided us all with one answer to the what-ifs.

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Children with intellectual disabilities contribute to hugely successful UN event

Children with intellectual disabilities contribute to hugely successful UN event | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

 “If you want to hear my story, you have to be prepared to listen,” Stani, a young person with an intellectual disability, told two United Nations (UN) Committees in what proved to be one of the best-attended UN side events ever.  On 26 September, Stani along with Leo, Yoyo and Dominik, four teenage self-advocates, kept the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesengaged through photos, videos and heartfelt speeches.

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"We cannot make decisions about the lives of children with disabilities without listening to them," said CRPD Committee member Ana Peláez Narváez.

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Debunking Three Assessment Myths - Education Week News

Debunking Three Assessment Myths - Education Week News | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Debunking Three Assessment Myths
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(Sherah is a classroom teacher turned professor of education; Anaya is a classroom teacher who is regularly in the throes of assessment demands.) Following are ...
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Educators are not happy that assessment demands are intruding on day-to-day teaching and learning, but there are a few practical and constructive strategies that can help them (and their students) cope with this new reality.

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Are We Star Gazing? Can Canadian Schools Really be Equitable and Inclusive? | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Are We Star Gazing? Can Canadian Schools Really be Equitable and Inclusive? | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
We are a long way from achieving equity for kids with intellectual disabilities in Canadian schools. In some ways I am an accidental participant in this discussion.
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"In the last ten years, some of our largest Canadian school districts are not only maintaining the number of students in self-contained special education, they are actually increasing it. And this is at a time when overall student population is declining."

This is shocking to many, but actually it is not surprising. When you have a school system that encourages teachers and parents to think that special programs and expert teachers are more important than being part of a class in your community school with your peers, this is what happens. Teachers and parents are encouraged to think that it is better that kids with diverse needs get their education from a specialized program out of the mainstream. 

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Sir Ken Robinson – The Education Economy

Sir Ken Robinson – The Education Economy | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It has often struck me that a conflict of interest exists across education systems, state or private, where the awarding bodies of high stakes examinations are also owned by the very same companies who sell the content, that must be learned, to pass the test.   Such an end to end business model would make…

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The “tyranny of testing“. The pre-occupation with high stakes testing at young ages, when kids are in high school or earlier, seems patently detrimental to learning and, of course, teaching, providing a false metric for the success of a school or indeed the nations that depend on them.

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If we think of economy as oikos (household) and ecos (place), it works. If we think of economy in a contemporary, neo-liberal way, we will get more of the same.

 

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Department of Basic Education > Home > DBE and partners launch virtual school application

Department of Basic Education > Home > DBE and partners launch virtual school application | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Learners will now have access to a virtual school in their pockets thanks to the ukuFunda Virtual School, which brings a wealth of education resources to their mobile devices.

A partnership between the Department of Basic Education, Mxit Reach and UNICEF, Ukufunda offers a wide-range of free, open and CAPS-aligned learning resources which can be accessed on more than 8000 mobile devices, ranging from basic feature phones to smart phones and tablets – through the Mxit instant messaging platform.

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Revolutionising education in South Africa

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Inventor Of ADHD's Deathbed Confession: "ADHD Is A Fictitious Disease"

Inventor Of ADHD's Deathbed Confession: "ADHD Is A Fictitious Disease" | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Fortunately, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK, President: Otfried Höffe) critically commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin in its opinion of 22 November 2011 titled Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents: The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.

That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.

 

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New questions on the overuse of chemical drugs on children.

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Autism Symptoms & Early Signs: What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers & Children

Autism Symptoms & Early Signs: What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers & Children | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Guide to the early warning signs of autism and what you can do to help your child.

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Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior - Juta

Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior - Juta | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

What is White Paper 6 about?

How can I follow the curriculum when my learners have such different needs?

Can I prepare lessons in such a way that all learners can work toward the same theme and topic, but at different levels?

- See more at: http://jutaacademic.co.za/products/embracing-diversity#sthash.yRAMBv4w.dpuf

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Exciting new book with practical ideas for teachers and teacher trainers on how to differentiate the curriculum for a wide range of learners in the classroom

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Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors - AllAfrica.com

Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors - AllAfrica.com | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors AllAfrica.com He highlighted some of the benefits of inclusive education as including attitudinal change, learning to have empathy and not sympathy for the special children and promote positive...
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African countries are aligning their education policies to Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four.  A recent letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, including myself, published in the Daily Telegraph  (11 Sept 2013) advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from the current effective start until the age of seven (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).
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Studies have consistently demonstrated the superior learning and motivation arising from playful, as opposed to instructional, approaches to learning in children. Pretence play supports children’s early development of symbolic representational skills, including those of literacy, more powerfully than direct instruction. Physical, constructional and social play supports children in developing their skills of intellectual and emotional ‘self-regulation’, skills which have been shown to be crucial in early learning and development. Perhaps most worrying, a number of studies have documented the loss of play opportunities for children over the second half of the 20th century and demonstrated a clear link with increased indicators of stress and mental health problems. - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.9i7tUqc4.mTf04lIX.dpuf

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten
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When reductions occur in elementary classrooms, evidence has shown that the extra individualized attention and instruction appear to make it more likely for these students to graduate at higher rates from high school.

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New See and Learn Saying Words app available

New See and Learn Saying Words app available | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Two versions of our new See and Learn Saying Words app are now available - for iPads and for Windows 8.1 tablets, laptops and PCs. This is the first of 17 new See and Learn apps due for release in the coming months.
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New products developed by Down Syndrome Education Enterprises to en hance early reading of children, including children with Down Syndrome

 

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Bridge of Hope NGO - YouTube

Bridge of Hope NGO - YouTube | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
«Հույսի կամուրջ» ՀԿ ստեղծվել է 1996 թվականին` օգնելու հաշմանդամութուն ունեցող երեխաներին ու երիտասարդներին և նրանց ծնողներին` հաղթահարելու իրենց մեկուսացվածո...
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Bridge of Hope transforms education in Armenia. Winner of the 2013 UNESCO/Emir of Kuwait Prize in Inclusive Education

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