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#NSTA22 – Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – An Effective Approach to Ensuring an Inclusive Science Classroom

July 21 @ 8:20 am - 9:20 am PDT

Looking to make your classroom more inclusive? Want to support your students with IEPs better? UDL provides a framework for removing barriers and increasing access for students.

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines are a tool that can be used to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners (CAST, 2018). Instructional designers and teachers can use these principles to create learning environments that reduce barriers to access for all students, while keeping in mind the learning goals of the lesson. The three guiding principles of UDL are engagement, representation, and action and expression. In this session educators will be provided with examples of these principles in action in sample materials from OpenSciEd and classroom videos. In these examples, participating will identify how the materials have been purposefully designed with multiple avenues for engagement, representation, and action and expression. Additionally, they will identify the built-in supports for teachers to highlight student assets and to address potential barriers to learning for their local student population. Teachers will utilize a tool to help them analyze their own lessons to identify goals, potential barriers, and ways to use the UDL Principles to remove barriers and create flexible paths to learning.

McCormick Place – Skyline W375a


July 21
8:20 am - 9:20 am PDT
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NSTA Chicago
McCormick Place, West Building 2301 S Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
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National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
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