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Carol Ann Tomlinson on Seizing Opportunities

More than a decade into the 21st century, we continue to face education challenges from the last century. To move forward, we must develop knowledgeable learners equipped with the necessary academic, technological, social, and economic skills to compete in the global community.

The ASCD 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., March 26–28, 2011, will engage participants in dynamic, diverse dialogues that lead to bold actions to address the challenges of learning, teaching, and leading.

In this video, ASCD author Carol Ann Tomlinson relates how a student helped her realize that, as an educator, she needed to build the bridge between where her students were and where she wanted them to be.

He taught me not just to think about what I teach, but to watch the people. And to understand that, frequently, I have to build the bridge between where they are and where I need them to be. And I hope he made me a little better with that with other people later.

Carol Ann Tomlinson spent 21 years as a public school teacher of a differentiated classroom and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She is currently professor of educational leadership, foundations, and policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and codirector of the university's Summer Institute on Academic Diversity and Best Practices Institutes.

Tomlinson is the author of more than 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. Visit her website and connect with her on Twitter @cat3y.

Comments (1)

Susan McMillan

February 18, 2011

We all are different and unique in our own ways. We don’t all learn the same way. We overlook people for who they are by our expectations that we place upon them. We need to see people as individuals and not as a whole group. And we do need to build the bridge between where the individual is at and where we need them to be. Great video.
Thank You,
Susan McMillan

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