Teacher Training Workshop on Universal Design for Learning for Blended Classrooms

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Even with inclusive and special needs services, mainstream teachers often struggle with how to effectively teach all students and especially those with disabilities in general education classrooms in the current blended context. This workshop provides research and evidence-based strategies for inclusive practices that will assist teachers in meeting the educational needs of all their students and also those who are most vulnerable.

Session 1:
What is Inclusion and its evolution in schools?
Opportunities provided by Inclusive teaching?
Barriers in the classroom Case studies- to understand the barriers in inclusion and brainstorm on possible strategies Think "universal design" when planning instruction.

Session 2:
Incorporate three qualities of universal design when planning instruction: Multiple means of representing content (visual and oral strategies), Multiple means of students' expression of content (writing, illustrating, speaking), and Flexible means of engagement as students learn (videos, software, and role-playing). Differentiate instruction by using flexible grouping, providing The myth of the average activities that appeal to various learning-style preferences, giving students choices, and creating alternative activities and assessments (Tomlinson, 2001).
The myth of the average

Session 3: How can we apply UDL to the blended learning model?
Opportunities of Inclusion using Technology
How this ties up to Understanding by Design and Unit planning
How can we assess and feed forward for growth?

Key Takeaways

- Understand the merits of inclusion based on student learning styles and challenges
- Use frameworks such as UDL and differentiated teaching principles to create curriculum delivery plans & assessments
- Application of UDL in blended classrooms

Teachers, Heads of Department, Co-ordinators, Academic Coordinators, School Heads
Priyamvada Das
Lead- Early Childhood Development and Disabilities, Faculty - Math and TOK, IBDP - Bombay International School, Workshop Leader IBO

Priyamvada holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from St Stephen’s College and a Certificate in Science of Early Child Development from Red River College, Canada. She teaches TOK and Mathematics HL/SL to the Diploma Programme students. She has attended several workshops conducted by the IB in Mathematics and TOK, the most current being on Assessments in Mathematics. Priyamvada is an examiner (moderator) for Mathematics Higher Level Explorations and Paper 2. She has been a workshop leader for IB in the Asia Pacific Region since 2016 and has conducted over 20 including Mathematics, Approaches to teaching and learning and Culture of thinking and assessments. Additionally she leads the early childhood development and disabilities team at Ummeed child development centre. She has 23 years of experience in teaching and started her career at the Sriram School, Gurgaon where she was the HOD for Mathematics. Her journey with IB started in the same school in 2005 where she was part of the core team for authorisation and the assistant diploma programme coordinator. She has worked with the Aga Khan Education Service from 2008-2012, as their Head – Academic Transition. This involved managing change through school development initiatives to transition from State to National curriculum, professional development of staff and community development projects. She joined Bombay International School in 2012 and has held several leadership positions- Middle years coordinator, Curriculum continuum coordinatore. Learning Coach and Head of Inclusion. Even after many years of being in this profession, her love for this profession has only increased and she feels she grows with every experience. Despite being a student of mathematics, she enjoys reading on science and philosophy. Her current inspiration is a quote by Einstein (that has a direct impact on how learning should take place): “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

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