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Tuesday, August 1 • 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Creating Space for Social Justice

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Education is an environment ripe for the seed of social justice to be planted. Classrooms serve as the first social settings for most young children and continue to be the core means for social development. These learning environments must include opportunities for learners to experience the basic need of belonging to a group void of exclusion and inequities.
Universal Design for Learning serves as a means through which educators can dispel the myth that the average learner exists. Designing to the middle no longer exists as an acceptable way to provide education for students with disabilities, students of color, and students who come from low income areas. Understanding the neuroscience and learning science behind UDL and designing a learning environment using the principles of UDL, educators can welcome learners who have been marginalized into a micro-society that values their individuality and allows them a voice.
In this session, offering the relevance of using the UDL framework and social justice through the creation of safe spaces will engage participants. Participants will interact with scenarios to contemplate and define what "safe spaces" means for the learners in their classrooms or in their districts in this interactive session. They will actively explore multiple ways in which to provide safe spaces to students who have been unheard due to marginalization. Participants will leave with a new perspective to sieve through the UDL frame and an action plan to move forward.

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Stephanie Craig

Doctoral Student, University of Kansas



Tuesday August 1, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Alumni Lounge

Attendees (54)