I hope your school year is going well so far. I’m not going to lie, I am loving that school is back in session. I think about all those students who are hoping to learn sitting in your classrooms. I know what a difference you are making with them by using one of the SOS instructional ideas, allowing them to create using Board Builder, or sharing some other idea you picked up in the DEN Friends Facebook group or DENapalooza. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of kids.
So I’m writing to tell you about a webinar I’m hosting next week: Survey Says: Universal Design for Learning. On Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7pm ET, I have four fantastic educators joining me to share a little bit about what they know about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We’ll learn from:
Mary Marshall, an instructional technology specialist with Collier County Public Schools in Naples FL. She’s participated in a MOOC ed class in UDL and taken a 12-week course on UDL in the Science Classroom with CAST.
Rita A. Mortenson, an Educational Technology Coordinator at Verona Area High School, WI. She is a District Personalized Learning Coach and has been providing instruction and support for teachers on UDL for the past two years.
Christine Southard, a Technology Integration Facilitator and NYS Local Assistive Technology Specialist at Denton Avenue School, Herricks UFSD, NY. As a past inclusion teacher and Past-ISTE Inclusive Learning Network President, she’s used the UDL principles, trained other educators in UDL, and advocated for UDL.
Cheryl Woolwine, an Assistive Technology Specialist for Putnam County Schools, FL. She’s been supporting, training others, and implementing UDL in her district for five years and is a member of the MTSS – UDL team for Florida.
Whether you’re a general or special education teacher, kids with a variety of differences are likely to be in your classroom. UDL can help you to reduce barriers as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of your students from the start.
I hope you’ll come learn with me. You’ll also get a certificate of attendance you can use to request PD credit from your school.
Learn stuff + certificate = good use of time!