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Friday, February 4, 2005

Tomlinson Highlights Education in Riall Lecture February 24

SALISBURY, MD---When it comes to education, Carol Ann Tomlinson specializes in the extreme ends of the academic spectrum. She spent 12 of her 21 years with Virginia’s public schools as an administrator of special services for both struggling and advanced students. Tomlinson shares her experiences in education with the Salisbury community as next speaker in Salisbury University’s E. Pauline Riall Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. The University of Virginia’s Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy, Tomlinson co-directs its Summer Institute on Academic Diversity and Best Practices Institute. She was named outstanding professor at the Curry School of Education in 2004, echoing honors she earned as Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974. She is the author of several books including Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in 2003, and The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners, published by Corwin Press in 2001. Tomlinson has consulted and appeared in 12 videos for ASCD, an organization providing professional development for some 160,000 educators from more than 135 countries. She also is a reviewer for eight journals and a section editor for one, and has authored more than 150 articles, books, book chapters and other professional development materials. "Teaching is complex and challenging,” said Dr. Patricia Richards, chair and coordinator of the Riall series. “To borrow a phrase from a previous Riall lecturer and notable educator, Susan Ohanian, ‘one size fits few.’  Tomlinson's work addresses that reality  experienced by every teacher in every classroom everyday." Tomlinson’s lecture is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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