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.
  • Registration is a TWO Step Process
         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.
             You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link
             to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to
             your calendar from this page.
  • As these offerings are funded through a grant from OSPI, you do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
  • Please test your computer's video and audio HERE before the course start. Technical assistance will not be provided.
  • 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


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