If you are looking for a starting point for Universal Design for Learning, I'm happy to be your coach. Implementing UDL is not a one or two shot training process. It requires systems change. Teachers need to truly shift the way they see their students, as learners and the way they see themselves, as facilitators of learning.
There are several very successful models. But, the most successful model for your district/school will be the one tailored to your school/district culture. I am your strategic partner, innovator and coach. I work with your team to plan and implement UDL (by whatever name you choose to call it) effectively.
Do it well and the results will be phenomenal, reduced referrals to special education, higher school attendance, and yes, improved test scores. Just as valuable you will have teachers who love teaching and students who love school & learning.
Let's work together. I will partner with you to support the planning and implementation process with flexibility and strategies.
Workshops available to host or request exclusively for your district.
Districts who wish to 'Host' one or more trainings provide the meeting room & make copies of the handouts for participants, there is no financial obligation. The 'Host' shares the flyer with nearby districts and I'll advertise to my mailing list. I handle the registration & everything else.
Want to bring workshops to your district exclusively, I can do that! Contact me for rates and dates.
When workshop are scheduled, I'll add a link below so you can download the flyer.
Introduction to UDL for TeachersOne 6 hour day
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Teachers The target audience for this training is general education teachers, the shifts in teaching happen in their classrooms. Special Educators are welcome; it is ideal to come with a general education partner. This one-day workshop introduces UDL as an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, which guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. The UDL Framework allows all learners to access their individual strengths. Using multiple means of representation (presentation of information), multiple means of action and expression (students showing what they know) and multiple means of engagement (student investment in what they are learning) to be built into the learning process from the beginning. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of:
• The Universal Design for Learning Framework
• The three primary brain networks of learning (activated by UDL framework)
• How activating these networks creates engaged, resourceful, goal-directed, purposeful learners
• Where to begin in their classroom, starting points.
UDL Lesson Planning for TeachersOne 6 hour day Part (participants MUST have attended Intro to UDL first)
This one-day workshop is designed to take participants from understanding the principles of UDL to creating UDL lessons. Formats for lesson planning as well as sample lessons will be used to support the process. Participants will work collaboratively to share ideas and help one another to “think UDL.” Models for broader implementation of UDL will be discussed. Participants will be able to:
• Create a classroom profile of individual student strengths and barriers to learning
• Plan one or more lesson(s) incorporating the three principles of UDL
• Develop a formative assessment (incorporating the three principles of UDL) to determine teaching effectiveness.
UDL for Administrators
Implementing UDL isn't a template or a set of workshops. Implementing is about systems change. UDL is a shift in the way we think about teaching, the way teaching is evaluated and seeing students as LEARNERS.
This one-day workshop is designed to give administrators (principals, program directors, curriculum directors, special education directors/program specialists) a basic foundational understanding of the principles of UDL and models for UDL Implementation. Successful UDL classroom implementation must be tailored to the unique culture and practices of individual schools/districts. There are a variety of models that can be used as a starting point, based on extensive research on successful models to change classroom teaching. Participants will be able to identify:
• The Principles and Framework of UDL
• The Researched based components of successful change implementation
• The Models for UDL implementation: by school/district, grade level or pilot program
• The Critical planning elements for successful classroom change