Alexandria, VA (6/52014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to announce the release of The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition. In the update of her best-selling, classic work, instructional expert Carol Ann Tomlinson offers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how teachers can divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students with different backgrounds, readiness levels, interests, and approaches to learning. More information on this new book and all of Tomlinson’s work can be found at

The Differentiated Classroom, 2nd Edition ($29.95 print or $28.99 e-book) builds on the past 15 years of Tomlinson’s writing, instruction, and observations to update her instructional concepts and strategies for the 21st century learning environment. The book explains the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction, explores the variables of curriculum and learning environment, and goes inside elementary and secondary classrooms in nearly all subject areas to illustrate how real teachers are applying differentiation principles and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners.

“Writing the second edition of The Differentiated Classroom has given me the opportunity to reflect on significant changes that have occurred in the 15 years since the first edition was published,” said Tomlinson. “Revising the book caused me to think extensively about the distance we’ve come in responding to the diverse needs of learners in our schools—and the distance we still have to go.”

For those eager to dive in, Tomlinson recorded a recent ASCD webinar, Revisiting the Differentiated Classroom: Looking Back and Ahead, providing participants with an opportunity to hear how this model of differentiation has developed over time based on our best understanding of how students learn and which practices result in effective teaching, as well as on realities of contemporary schooling. This archived webinar, along with other ASCD webinars, can be viewed at

Additionally, in this video, Tomlinson shares more about the process of updating The Differentiated Classroom. You can also hear more of her reflections on the second edition in this post on ASCD Inservice. She shares how her thinking evolved due to a number of changes in the education landscape, including

The heightened emphasis on standardized tests;
The growing presence of instructional technology;
The increasing population of English language learners; and
The implications of current teacher evaluation practices.

“For more than 15 years, Carol Ann Tomlinson has been an essential voice in classroom instruction and a tireless advocate for students and educators,” said Acting Executive Director of ASCD Judy Seltz. “Through her best-selling books, monthly Educational Leadership column, and position on the ASCD Faculty, she has reached countless educators across the nation and beyond.”

Tomlinson and her cadre of ASCD Faculty experts are available to develop customizable professional development programs based on the unique needs of a district or school through ASCD Professional Learning Services. The cadre helps schools and school districts across the country to successfully integrate differentiation into their curricula. All ASCD Professional Learning Services programs are available as on-site, virtual, or blended solutions. More information can be found at

Tomlinson will also present at ASCD’s 2014 Conference on Teaching Excellence, scheduled for June 27–29 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Tex. The event is designed to bring attendees up-to-date on recent revelations about best practices in the classroom, how to make them routine in every grade and subject, and how to scale them systemwide. Tomlinson will lead a session on planning for excellence for all learners with the Common Core State Standards and will also present Friday’s keynote luncheon, “Listen to What the Kids Say: Learning from the Students We Teach.”

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Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.