Delaware's 24th Annual Inclusion Conference

Dover, Delaware
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Workshop 1 UDL Implementation, Start today!—Allison Posey, CAST

We know that each student is unique. In fact, their brains are as unique as their fingerprints! This can feel overwhelming for educators to differentiate or personalize learning experiences that address this variability. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that can help proactively bust barriers for learning. UDL aligns with disciplinary expertise and scaffolds learning opportunities through purposeful design for engagement, representation, and action and expression. In this session, we will uncover how UDL can be integrated into routines and systems that are already in place and we will share strategies that can be integrated immediately in service of rigorous learning goals. (see full description and bio)

Workshop 2 The connection between feeling and learning: Using UDL to design engaging environments—Loui Lord Nelson, Raise Inc.

Emotions are part of everything humans do, so it makes sense to create a learning environment that supports the social emotional needs of our students. But where do you start? This workshop will introduce how to use the UDL framework to ensure the use of methods and materials to strengthen your learners’ abilities related to social emotional learning. (see full description and bio)

Workshop 3 Engaging Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers through UDL and Embedded Social Interaction Opportunities in Inclusive Settings—Katherine Holman, Towson University

This interactive workshop will focus on how intentional planning through a UDL lens provides multiple pathways for engaging all learners in the early childhood classroom. Using CAST's Implementation Framework, examples of how educators incorporate UDL guidelines and embed motivating social interaction opportunities between infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their peers will be shared. Participants will discuss how they will utilize the information from this workshop in their programs or schools to increase engagement and provide high quality inclusive learning opportunities. (see full description and bio)

Delaware's Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) has given approval for up to 3.5 Quality Assured (QA) hours for attending Katherine Holman’s workshop only. If you wish to receive QA hours, you must preregister online and pay to attend this conference. In addition, you are required to preregister with DIEEC by Monday, March 12, 2018 to insure approval for your QA hours.

Workshop 4 Multiple and Flexible: UDL-Based Literacy Instruction for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities—Karen Erickson, University of North Carolina

This session will use student work samples and videos to demonstrate how the principles of Universal Design for Learning (multiple and flexible means of (re)presenting, expressing, and engaging) apply to effective literacy instruction for students with low incidence disabilities, including those with the most complex disabilities, who are emerging communicators. With an emphasis on comprehensive approaches to emergent and conventional literacy instruction, the session will feature specific instructional approaches and supports for lesson planning and reflective teaching. (see full description and bio)

Workshop 5 Design for English Learners: How UDL supports second language acquisition—Patti Ralabate, George Washington University

Traditional planning and instructional strategies are challenged by increasing diversity within our classrooms. How can Universal Design for Learning (UDL) help reduce barriers to learning for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students and second language learners? Using a problem-based approach (e.g., the use of scenarios, protocols, and/or posed questions), this session focuses on how the UDL framework applies to learner variability among CLD and second language learners. Participants will explore effective lesson planning strategies and identify steps that can be taken immediately to enhance your learning environment and plan culturally responsive lessons for all learners. (see full description and bio)

Tuesday, Evening Parent Session

Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC) invites you to attend an evening session on March 13, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres.  Karen Erickson’s presentation will be from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and the description is below. This free event requires registration and is separate from the conference. See attached and register directly with PIC.

What Will the New Alternate Assessment Mean for Your Child?

This year, Delaware joined the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Consortium and will begin administering the DLM alternate assessments in English language arts, mathematics, and science in the spring of 2018. Students who participate in the DLM alternate assessments are working on the same Delaware Content Standards as their peers, but they are being assessed on grade-specific essential elements that are aligned with the standards. This presentation will begin with a description of the DLM alternate assessments with specific reference to how the assessments are designed to meet the needs of the full-range of students who participate in alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards. Parents will also learn how to interpret their child’s DLM score reports and how those reports and other aspects of DLM can be used to guide IEP development and instructional planning

Karen Erickson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, a Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the Yoder Distinguished Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Erickson is a former teacher of children with significant disabilities. Her current research addresses literacy and communication assessment and instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. She is an associate director of the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortia. She is also co-developer of the Tar Heel Reader online library of accessible books for beginning readers, as well as several other assistive and learning technologies.


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