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Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor Chair

Alan GreenCarol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D, is a highly esteemed consultant, trainer, presenter, and author. She works with teachers through the United States and internationally to develop more responsive, heterogeneous classrooms.

Her education experience includes twenty-one years as a public school teacher and twelve years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. Recognized by the state of Virginia as Teacher of the year, Dr. Tomlinson has focused throughout her career on curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.

She is a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she is the William Clary Parrish Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Dr. Tomlinson codirects the university’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor in the Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008.

Dr. Tomlinson is a reviewer for eight journals and the author of more than two hundred articles, book chapters, books, and professional development materials. Among her books on differentiation are: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching, Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids (with Jay McTighe), and Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom (with Marcia Imbeau). Dr. Tomlinson’s master’s degree and doctor of education degree come from the University of Virginia.


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