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Tuesday, August 1 • 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Co-creating a Learning Community: UDL in a Post-Secondary Access Program

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This session will describe our experimentation with UDL in a long running Toronto-based post-secondary transitional program that is designed to support students who identify their mental health and/or substance use as barriers to further education. Our reflections on the intersection of UDL and social justice in this specific context, and our passion for this practice, will be used to engage participants in reflective experimentation regarding their own practices.

As faculty in this program, we are aware that in co-creating a learning environment that includes ourselves along with learners, we are able to dispense with the need to be 'experts' and instead become allies in relational processes that have the potential to meet the variability and needs of all members of the community.

Through an interactive activity, we will invite participants to experiment with a process of co-creating a just and equitable learning environment and to reflect upon their own learning needs and preferences, as well as experiencing the self-advocacy and community-building that develops when we state clearly how we learn best.

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Johanna Petite

Professor, George Brown College
Jo Petite (MSW, RSW) is an educator, social worker, and program coordinator for the Transitions to Post-Secondary Education program at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She develops and teaches curriculum designed to support marginalized adult learners to articulate and access... Read More →
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Tracy Whitfield

Faculty Counsellor, George Brown College
Tracy Whitfield is (MSW, RSW) identifies as a woman with a disability and has done graduate work in Critical Disability Studies. She has worked in community mental health and in educational settings, with a focus on anti-oppression and social justice. She has developed technology... Read More →

Tuesday August 1, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm EDT
Founders room