Dreaming Big Enough Dreams for the Needs

Carol Ann Tomlinson

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Carol Ann Tomlinson presents: Dreaming Big Enough Dreams for the Needs of Our Students

The #1 job of schools is to guide young people in developing the intellectual, affective, and social competence and confidence necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives both now and in the future that awaits them. Sadly, there are many indicators that we have failed many students in ways that place the goal out of their reach. We live in a particularly perilous time right now, but perilous times are also moments of great opportunity for change. This keynote will present a challenge to re-think several key aspects of how we think about teaching, learning, and leading that could quite literally make a world of difference in outcomes for students. Making the shift would require big dreams and wise planning on the part of educators. The reward would be many more pathways to possibility for the kids we teach.

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education where she served as Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, and Co-Director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a teacher in public schools for 21 years, during which she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners.  Carol has authored over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other education-focused materials. Her books are available in 14 languages. She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974, was named Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004, and received an All-University Teaching Award at UVA in 2008.