Inclusionary Practices Series - Equity and Universal Design for Learning

Equity and Universal Design

WEA’s Inclusionary Practices Project has opened registration for a special event inclusionary practices series, Equity and Universal Design for Learning, presented by Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak, Ed. D. (Coauthors of Equity by Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL). 

There are 8 virtual sessions in the series, spanning from September 2021 – April 2022 (One webinar per month on Thursdays from 4:00pm–5:30pm). Participants must register for each session. ASL interpretation will be provided.

  • Sessions held via Zoom in real time (synchronous).Zoom-Logo
  • Register ASAP! Registration is limited and will fill up quickly. There is not a waitlist option.
  • Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu.
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         1. Register for each course using the link listed below for each course.
         2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom pre-registration.
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             to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to
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  • As these offerings are funded through a grant from OSPI, you do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
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  • Course evaluations will be emailed to attendees approximately 5-10 business days after each course. Once completed and submitted, a clock hour verification form will be sent via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your distrcit policies. 

For questions about the sychronous courses held via Zoom, contact Thera Grady or Rosy Wokabi


Equity, Inclusion, & Variability w/Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours)

Thursday, September 9, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm

For centuries, schools worked well for those students who arrived ready to learn. When students
struggled, they were often labeled as disabled - yet research is now clear that it's not students, but
our systems, that are disabled. Inclusive practices challenge education systems of the past by
embracing student variability and eliminating barriers to learning. In this session, we will explore the
concepts of variability and barriers in educational settings and dive into why it is critical for us to
create more equitable and inclusive learning environments so that all learners can thrive and
succeed.

  • Understand why it is important to plan for student variability when designing learning experiences
  • Learn about the importance of creating equitable learning environments that serve the needs of all students
  • Dive into the distinction between inclusion and inclusive practice

Register: September 9, 2021


UDL as an Instrument for Change with Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours)

Thursday, October 7, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm

If we truly want to be inclusive in our districts, schools, and classrooms, we must proactively plan for
student variability and diversity which requires transforming “tried and true” practices to ensure we
are meeting the needs of all learners and providing them with opportunities to reach rigorous
grade-level standards. In this session, we will explore how we can use the best practices of
Universal Design for Learning to create powerful change that inspires, educates and drives students
into action.

  • Learn what UDL is and how it can help us design more powerful learning experiences
  • Understand how using UDL best practices can help us create instructional experiences thatare more meaningful and relevant to our learners

Register: October 7, 2021


Laying the Groundwork for Social Justice in Our Classrooms and Learning Communities with Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours)

Thursday, November 18, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm

Every student deserves the opportunity to be successful regardless of their zip code, the color of
their skin, the language they speak, their sexual and/or gender identity, their religion, and whether
or not they have a disability. This requires us to examine our own power and privilege, drop our
egos, commit to removing barriers for all learners, and treat our learners with the unequivocal
respect and dignity they deserve. This session will support educators called to this task to provide
conditions of nurture, challenge each other with radical candor, and be open to the voices of our
learners as we listen and celebrate their stories of self.

  • Learn how to provide conditions of nurture in the learning environment
  • Dive into how to create a more socially just environment where all learners, regardless of their background, can thrive

Register: November 18, 2021


Identity, Mirrors and Funds of Knowledge with Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours)

Thursday, December 9, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm

Being culturally sustaining means our learners must be able to see themselves in their work. To
honor the identities and experiences of our learners, we must harness Funds of Knowledge and
create learning experiences that are authentic, meaningful, and linguistically appropriate. In this
session, we will explore how we can use the best practices of Universal Design for Learning
alongside culturally responsive and sustaining teaching techniques so that our learners feel like
their educational experiences were designed for them.

  • Dive into the concept of Funds of Knowledge
  • Learn about how to create windows and mirrors for students through our curricular choices and instructional design
  • Examine the role identity plays in learning

Register: December 9, 2021


The Why of Learning: The Engagement Network with Katie Novak (1.5 hours)

Thursday, January 6, 2022
4:00pm-5:30pm

Engagement is so much more than interest and attention. Students must be able to persist through
challenges, know where to go when they are stuck and self-regulate when they are overwhelmed.
In this session, we will explore the theory and practice behind the UDL guidelines for engagement
and explore the concept of growth mindset and how it can help deepen engagement.

  • Dive into the affective network of the brain to better understand what student engagement is
  • Explore how to provide options and choices to our learners to ensure they are interested, motivated, and can persist through challenges
  • Understand the links between emotional regulation and learning

Register: January 6, 2022


The What of Learning: The Representation Network with Katie Novak (1.5 hours)

Thursday, February 3, 2022
4:00pm-5:30pm

Rote memorization rarely leads to true understanding. To fully comprehend concepts, students
must have access to different forms of media. We must learn to activate background knowledge
and teach students how to transfer knowledge from one topic to the next. By doing so, our students
will become resourceful and knowledgeable. In this session, we will dive into the UDL guidelines on
representation and explore how to use best practices of UDL to improve student comprehension.

  • Dive into the recognition network of the brain to better understand how students learn and comprehend information
  • Explore strategies that can help us remove barriers to perception, language, and comprehension

Register: February, 3 2022


The How of Learning: The Action & Expression Network with Katie Novak (1.5 hours)

Thursday, March 10, 2022
4:00pm-5:30pm

It's all too easy to give the same tests and quizzes to students year after year, but do they truly
measure what they have learned? The practice of "teaching to the test" has also become common
but when we do this, we miss opportunities for students to learn deeply and find ways to
communicate that will help them later as they enter the adult world. In this session, we will unpack
the UDL guidelines for action & expression and explore how we can support creative expression,
planning, organizing, and goal setting by using UDL best practices for designing assessments.

  • Dive into the strategic network of the brain to better understand how students can communicate and express what they know or can do
  • Define methods for assessing students and supporting their executive functioning

Register: March 10, 2022


Designing a UDL Lesson Plan with Katie Novak (1.5 hours)

Thursday, April 7, 2022
4:00pm-5:30pm

As educators, we want to encourage our students to make choices, take risks, and learn from their
mistakes. To get started with implementing UDL, we must model this practice and understand that
every trial won’t be a success. In this session, we will unpack lesson plans, dive into universally
designed learning strategies, and discuss tools and scaffolds that can support you on your UDL
implementation journey.

  • Understand how a UDL lesson plan is organized and what components should be included
  • Demonstrate how to unpack and “UDLify” a lesson plan
  • Explore how to identify barriers in lesson design and instruction and how to provide standards-aligned options and choices to help learners overcome barriers

Register: April 7, 2022