MAIER Professional Development Workshop

PBIS and ASD: Universal Design for Learning

Speaker:  Katie Novak, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, and Shoshana Green, M.Ed.

Session Description:  The brain research is compelling, the premise career-changing, but what does it feel like to be a UDL classroom learner? Come find out! In this universally designed workshop, educators will experience the power of engagement. By using analogies, concrete examples, and numerous opportunities for participants to personalize their learning, Dr. Novak, an internationally recognized expert on UDL, and Ms. Green, a practicing special educator, help to translate UDL theory to practice, so all educators leave the workshop with an action plan, numerous resources, and a network of colleagues to support their journey.

Throughout the presentation, participants will receive concrete tips on implementing UDL in their learning environments to foster all students’ engagement. This workshop is perfect if you want to learn why UDL is critical to improving students’ outcomes, understand what the framework is and is not, and, most importantly, how to begin to implement the framework immediately to foster self-direction, creativity, and success in all students.

Katie Novak is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. With 14 years of experience in teaching and administration and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally, focusing on teacher implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and next-generation skills.

Shoshana Green is a special education teacher who is currently co-teaching an integrated third-grade classroom. She earned her Master’s of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge and is certified in Moderate Disabilities grades K-8. Shoshana has ten years of experience in both pull-out and inclusion services in a resource setting. As a co-teacher, Shoshana designs and delivers curriculum and instruction using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to meet her students’ needs. Her years of experience, knowledge about special education students, and her keen sense of humor make her a fantastic resource for teachers who want to know how to use UDL to meet special education students’ needs.

Recommended Reading:

Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning by Loui Lord Nelson (2013) Available on Amazon.
UDL Now: A Teachers Guide to Applying UDL for Learning in Today’s Classroom by Katie Novak. (2016) Available on Amazon.
Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice by Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, & David Gordon (2013) Available on Amazon.

Upon completion of the workshop, you may access and download your contact hours certificate using the link provided. 6 Contact Hours can be earned upon completion of this workshop.

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