Differentiation and the Brain combines the perspectives of differentiation and neuroscience to build a convincing, well described, clearly understood application of differentiation strategies. The book presents the brain research to support the recommendations without overstepping claims of proven by brain research. Sousa and Tomlinson offer an important perspective to new and experienced classroom teachers, curriculum advisors, and administrators. --Judy Willis, MD, MEd
Differentiation and the Brain is more than another new book to stack on our desks; it is an education event. Expert and engaging with clear, vivid descriptions of the principles used in real classrooms, the book makes the fields of neuroscience and differentiation accessible without oversimplifying. It provides great next steps for seasoned veterans as well as practical tips for new teachers. This will be one of those books we reread over the years to spark creativity and restoke pedagogical fires. It is a welcome contribution from two of the most amazing thinkers of our time. --Rick Wormeli, author and consultant
Tomlinson and Sousa emphasize that differentiation is a shared responsibility between teacher and student. They provide a solid rationale for differentiation in educational neuroscience and then offer practical strategies for embedding differentiation into our classroom practices. This will be a go-to resource for teachers! --Diane Heacox, EdD, author of Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom and Making Differentiation a Habit
About the Author
David A. Sousa, EdD, is an author and international consultant in educational neuroscience. His books inform educators and parents on ways they can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the pre-K 12 and university levels. He has presented to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions and to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Carol Ann Tomlinson, EdD, is a faculty member at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She is a William Clay Parrish Jr. professor and chair 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. As a consultant, trainer, and presenter, Dr. Tomlinson works throughout the United States and abroad with teachers to develop more responsive, heterogeneous classrooms. Her education experience includes 21 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners.