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Tuesday, August 1 • 2:00pm - 2:18pm
Empowering Teachers to Enable Social Justice with UDL

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Link to students' projects poster: https://www.smore.com/4szm9-udl-for-special-ed

The goal of our presentation is twofold. First, we will share with the audience how we built a graduate course on how to apply UDL in the classroom. This part is relevant to audience members who are aware of UDL and are looking for new ways to teach it in their communities and will enable more educators to leverage UDL in their day-to-day teaching. We will share specific example of how we actually used UDL approaches to teach about UDL and how our graduate students reacted to these approaches. These approaches can be leveraged later by the audience as part of a large program to train educators on how to leverage UDL, or they can pick and choose from several small activates that we applied in our course and use them in more specific and short opportunities to teach about UDL (for example, using a Lego model to teach about "multiple ways of delivery" of instructions).
Second, we will share the examples and results of the final projects our graduate students did. As part of our course, students worked in groups of two and translated one of their traditional class activities to a UDL-based activity and tested it with their students. Our class included 19 special education teachers and their students' backgrounds included: 1) high to low functioning with autism, 2) hard of hearing or deaf, 3) moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, 4) attention and learning disorders. These 10 examples include very creative usage of UDL and will be relevant to the audience as tangible examples of how UDL can be leveraged to enable better learning experiences for the above audiences.
We are planning to have a presentation that will first inspire the audience and will encourage them to go back to their communities and teach/practice UDL. But we also want the session to give very tangible examples and ideas that people can adopt immediately in their classes.
While the presentation will be given by two people (Amir Bar and Betty Schreiber), it represents the work that was done by 21 people (2 instructors + 19 students) over an entire semester, and there is a lot of good information to share. During the session we will also apply technological methods for our audience to select the examples they are most interested in (given that we have many examples and not much time). Once the audience chooses the examples they want to see we will show a demo of the UDL activity, share pictures/ video from the class, and the feedback from the teachers who created it and used it. It will be an exciting, engaging, and informative presentation, with two enthusiastic UDLers!

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Amir Bar

Lecturer, Kibbutzim College

Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:00pm - 2:18pm EDT
Founders room