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Tuesday, August 1
 

4:00pm

Arts-Integration and UDL: Learning for ALL

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Duncan

Dr. Heather Duncan

Coordinator of Clinical Education, University of South Florida


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Bridging UDL and Culturally Responsive Practices at the Middle Level
Speakers
avatar for Kristine Choate

Kristine Choate

Special Education Teacher & Department Chair, South Middle School
As a special education teacher for over 20 years, I have seen firsthand the positive results that come from effective instructional and environmental design. In addition, by merging UDL and culturally responsive practices, educators better ensure that all students will be positi... Read More →
avatar for Lana Leonard

Lana Leonard

Instructional Coach, South Middle School
I have taught at South Middle School in Eau Claire, WI for two years. Going into my 3rd year, I will be an Instructional Coach. Prior to South, I taught 8th grade Literature and English in Fall Creek, WI for 15 years. Learning and implementing UDL concepts has been a great exp... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Morgan

Colleen Morgan

Gifted/Talented Coordinator, South Middle School
I am the Gifted/Talented coordinator and also teach math at South Middle School in Eau Claire, WI. During the past 3 years, our school UDL team has been very successfully implementing UDL strategies in our classes and are extending our knowledge to other staff members in both... Read More →
avatar for Diana Zeegers

Diana Zeegers

Principal - South Middle Schoot, South Middle School



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Creating PBL projects using UDL for Issues of Diversity and Social Justice
In order for educators to prepare students to be successful in life, there must be a focus on providing an educational experience that motivates and inspires students to become productive members of society. Two separate learning philosophies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) gives educators the tools to make curriculum more accessible and engaging, while Project Based Learning (PBL) provides a format that allows students to dive into authentic, real world problems and work together to present solutions. One of the most crucial and timely topics educators face is introducing culturally responsive lessons to introduce and educate students on people from diverse backgrounds; people who likely live in their own community. By applying the principles of UDL to a PBL project, students would have the ability to create without barriers, and focus on challenges of diversity in their own communities. By using these two philosophies in conjunction with each other, all students would not only have access to an engaging and enriching experience, but also be able to witness the positive outcomes of collaboration as well as the rewards of being a contributing member of their community and society.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers

Assistant Professor, William Paterson University



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Implementation of UDL for Social Justice in Chile
Since 2017, Chile has begun the task of systemically implementing the UDL as a legal right, which would guarantee access, progress and graduation to every person, in an educational system which focuses on placing people in a fair, empathetic and collaborative community. Within this frame, our team will present:
- The main historical references that lead to the country's adoption of the UDL as a public policy and the strategies being used in order to develop and implement it.
- A developed study in 5 neighborhoods in the country that show the perceptions of faculty and management members in regards to the strengths and weaknesses that applying the system to public policy might present. Feasibility and pertinence of the implementation of UDL in Chile. 
The audience will be engaged through: A practical and reflexive workshop (individual or group) about the inclusiveness and social justice factors, using the same method of evaluation applied in the study in Chile.
The analysis will be presented, and will consider:
a) The description and analysis of the dimensions that characterize a school that works towards social justice.
b) Description and analysis of the macro and minor dimensions of development that characterize the schools that participated in the study.
c) Description and analysis of the proposals that the educational communities have put forward towards the implementation of the UDL in Chile.
A critical analysis will take place along with the audience, which will refer to the interpretation of the results in the study in regards to: - Their own practice. - Or the results obtained in Chile. Audience suggestions and opinions on the projection of the study and the implementation of the UDL system in Chile.

Speakers
avatar for Paulina Godoy

Paulina Godoy

Director, Consultora Incluir
Educator. specialist in Public Policy. Educational Consultant. | My current interests are in UDL and Inclusive Public Policies. 
avatar for Pamela Yañez

Pamela Yañez

Special Needs Teacher, Incluir
I´m interested in inclusive education and all about UDL.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

4:00pm

One Size Does Not Fit All
The core take away message is to provide training to currently practicing teachers in UDL so that their lesson plans can integrate UDL principles. When lesson plans are integrative of UDL principles, strategies and supports are are a forethought, not an afterthought. This gives students the opportunity to access learning irregardless of socioeconomic or other barriers to learning that exist

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles

Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles

Assistive Technology Specialist, Regional School Unit 21
I am passionate about providing strategies and supports to teachers, stakeholders, and ALL learners as a forethought, not as an afterthought!



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Pedagogy of Inclusion: UDL in the PSCI College Classroom
There are deep inequalities in youth civic knowledge and engagement across socioeconomic levels that must be addressed to strengthen American democracy. Democratic governments are founded on the premise of citizen participation, and likewise, citizenship entails full expression of the rights and responsibilities inherent in societal membership. Unfortunately, studies have shown social class differences in political participation and community engagement in the United States persist, along with patterns of political behavior, trust in government, and public hope.
From a developmental perspective, some scholars argue that historical shifts in the nature of the transition from adolescence to adulthood and other social changes affecting youth indicate that social inequalities in civic engagement among young people have increased in recent years. Changes in the American education system, such as the implementation of No Child Left Behind, have forced secondary education to focus on basic subjects and deemphasize civic education (Kahne and Middaugh 2008). A 2006 study by the Center of education policy found that 71% of districts reported cutting back time on other subjects to make more space for reading and math instruction. Social studies was most frequently cited as the place where these reductions occur.
For a generation of youth who are exposed to less civic education in secondary education and who do not plan to attend college, institutional opportunities for civic engagement may be increasing important as a matter of social justice. Political Science programs at universities and other institutions of higher education now play an important role in closing this gap. Political Science instructors in the 21st century college classroom recognize that learner variability is not the exception; it's the rule. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers a framework that guides the design of learning goals, methods, and assessments to create an engaging environment for all students.
The UDL framework assists instructors in designing more accessible learning environments to foster skills for life-long learning. Political Science professors often share the same goal of designing a learning environment to foster skills for life-long civic engagement. In this presentation, I will provide an overview recent research on learner variability in the College classroom, recent research illustrating the civic engagement and knowledge gap, and examples and data from my own experience applying the framework to 200- and 300-level Political Science college courses. My hope is that this research on the application of UDL in higher education will engender conversations about how instructors can anticipate learner variability and provide every student with equal opportunities to become engaged members of our local and national democratic communities.

Speakers
avatar for Erika Cornelius Smith

Erika Cornelius Smith

Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nichols College


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Planning and implementing UDL lessons for diverse population
The presentation will demonstrate class activities that were created by special education teachers who use UDL to improve learning engagement of pupils with unique needs. These pupils are usually asked to use verbal product. The UDL lessons are allowing them to compensate of their difficulties and enable them to choose their best priority way of learning.

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Planning for Social Justice with Mindset and UDL
Moderators
avatar for Susan Granquist-Steinhauser, Ed.D.

Susan Granquist-Steinhauser, Ed.D.

Field Experience Supervisor, University of St. Francis
At the elementary level I have taught general and special education in MN. Moving to IL I served as a Special Services Coordinator for a district of about 12,000 students and taught special education classes in a Master's program at Lewis University for ten years. Currently, I am... Read More →



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

Supporting Learners with Special Needs through UDL Framework
Participants will develop their understanding of different technological tools that can be used to support learners with special needs in the teaching and learning process. Multiple opportunities for participants to engage with the presentation content through active learning opportunities will be provided.

Speakers
KD

Karen DeAngelis

Faculty Member, Fitchburg State University
I have extensive experience in higher education, a Ph.D. in Education, M.S. in Special Education, and B.A. in Elementary Education and Communications. I served as a Special Education Teacher in Winchester, Massachusetts from 1997 – 2001 and currently hold professional Massachus... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

4:00pm

That True Feeling Of Belongingness: A True Story
Speakers
avatar for Ricki Sabia

Ricki Sabia

Senior Education Policy Advisor, National Down Syndrome Congress
Ricki Sabia is the parent of a 25 year old son with Down syndrome and a son who is a 4th grade teacher. Ricki was the Associate Director of the National Down Syndrome Society Policy Center for 11 years and is now the Senior Education Policy Advisor for the National Down Syndrome... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

UDL and Assistive Technologies for Students with ADHD and SLD

The contribution of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and assistive technologies for participation of pupils with attention and learning disorders in learning processes

Dr. Betty Shrieber and Suzi Weintraub

A LINK TO OUR DIGITAL POSTER

The research examined the contribution and the impact of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach along with assistive technology, on the participation of students with attention and learning disorder in the learning process.

From the observations of the pupils with learning disorders, the pupils' reflections, and the other findings, it seems that the pupils' choosing possibilities, inherent in the UDL approach, contributed to enhance the pupils' motivation and positive experiences of the learning process. Integrating assistance technologies enabled the participation of pupils having learning and attention disorders, and it reinforced the learning motivation of them.

The joint learning created responsibility and mutual involvement, in order to create a joint product. The parents' response reflected satisfaction from the process that their children had gone through. They reported that their children's good experience and their feeling of success in the learning process had  been continued all day long, even when they had arrived home.

Motivation Questionnaire findings showed improvement for all students in the classroom especially for students with attention and learning disorder, however, no statistical significance was find between the groups (with and without learning disorder).

There is great significance in learning technologies for students with attention  and learning disorder that can significantly improve their participation in the class learning process.  





Speakers
avatar for Betty Shrieber

Betty Shrieber

Kibbutzim College of Education, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
Lecturer at the School of Education, Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv | Expertise in the field of: | Learning Disorder and ADHD | Assistive technology | Planning functions for adults with learning disabilities and ADHD | Executive Functions | Dancing Irish dance -strugell... Read More →



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poster session

4:00pm

UDL in BCSC
BCSC has adopted UDL as our district instructional framework for nearly 10 years.  Learn about our district's structure and values in this poster session.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Williams

Nick Williams

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
I am very excited to be presenting and attending my first CAST UDL Institute! I was lucky to attend the Harvard UDL Institute last year and I have been actively involved in our BCSC Institute the past 3 years. | I have a passion for UDL and educational technology. I am a CETL... Read More →



Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA