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Monday, July 31 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Designing for Cultural and Linguistic Variability

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Learner variability is derived from one's neurological makeup and experiences within various learning environments. As expert teachers and UDL enthusiasts, we know that effectively addressing learner variability makes a difference for all learners. We also recognize that our cultural experiences and linguistic development impact how we all learn. As cultural and linguistic variability increases in our schools, designing successful classroom instruction can challenge our creativity.

This session will use a case-based approach to examine how implementing an instructional design based on UDL can help educators to effectively address cultural and linguistic variability. By applying the UDL lesson planning process, we will identify options for engagement, representation, and action and expression that support English or second language learners in achieving both language and content standards. You will be actively engaged as you explore a variety of UDL lesson planning strategies and resources, including video classroom examples and lesson plan design templates.

I've identified two specific learning outcomes for this session: (1) participants will apply at least three UDL guidelines to support the second language development of English learners; (2) participants will identify at least three UDL strategies to engage learners who are culturally and linguistically diverse. To increase the relevancy of your take-aways, however, you will also define your own personal goals for this session.

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Patti Ralabate

Author, UDL Implementation Specialist, PKR Professional Learning LLC
Dr. Patti Ralabate is the author of “Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching All Learners” and co-author of "Culturally Responsive Design: The UDL Approach" and "Your UDL Journey." After completing a Boston College - CAST UDL postdoctoral fellowship, she served... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm EDT
Founders room