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Monday, July 31 • 10:30am - 10:48am
Investigating our Own Variability: Beliefs and Behavior

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The theory of dynamic systems states that all behavior, including learning, occurs based on an interaction between the context and the individual. Since neither is a
constant (context changes moment to moment as do the affective and physical aspects of being human), variability is an expected outcome. Using a trajectory of this
theory, if how we come to knowledge and skills varies (the input), logic would hold that how we design and instruct (the output) would also be variable. In addition, part of
that variability is informed by our beliefs and subsequent behaviors which are determined by our own experiences.
According to Gay and Kirkland (2003), one premise of accountable, culturally responsive teaching states "teacher accountability involves being more self-conscious,
critical, and analytical of one's own teaching beliefs and behaviors" (p. 181). From that premise, the UDL-focused question becomes, how do we apply our variable
beliefs and behaviors in light of culturally responsive teaching? This talk will introduce the concept of being a variable educator and suggest ways we can all become
more self-aware of our beliefs and behaviors and use that awareness to incorporate culturally responsive teaching practices in our instruction.

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Loui Lord Nelson

President and Educational consultant, RAISE, Inc
My favorite thing to do is support educators, schools, districts, state departments, and ministries of education to utilize the UDL framework to improve student outcomes and support the growth of expert learners. My other favorite thing is producing the popular podcast UDL in 15 Minutes... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 10:30am - 10:48am EDT
Founders room