As elementary educators, we are tasked with building core knowledge and skills in our students that will allow them to grow into thoughtful, creative, critical thinkers. By building voice and choice into our curriculum, we can enhance self-confidence, build self-efficacy, and promote community and collaboration among our youngest learners.
This course will help teachers understand how to use Universal Design for Learning to promote voice and choice in their classrooms. Participants will explore the principles of UDL, and dive into tips, techniques, and strategies on how to promote motivation, understanding, and self-expression in students with diverse backgrounds and diverse learning needs while meeting rigorous educational standards.
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Understand the three principles of UDL and the UDL Guidelines and how the implementation of UDL provides students in elementary classrooms with opportunities to build next-generation skills.
Learn to to optimize expert learning - you'll create universally designed learning experiences for students and/or for your own professional practice
Learn to design standards-based lessons that eliminate barriers to access and engagement.
Kathy Thibodeau, M.Ed., taught elementary education for 27 years. She has taught kindergarten, third, and fifth grade. She has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Kathy’s knowledge, passion, and application of the arts in teaching, which includes poetry, movement, music, visual art & drama, alongside UDL best practices, allows students to express their knowledge of Common Core standards in unconventional ways. Kathy taught all subject areas with enthusiasm while keeping in mind the diverse learning needs of all students.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoys cooking, photography, horseback riding, kayaking, music, gardening, and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, dog (Maxi), 3 children & spouses, as well as her 7 grandchildren, 2 granddogs, & 2 grandcats.
The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Educational Cosulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. Bulk discounts are available on registration fees for groups of 3 or more. Please contact Lindie Johnson for details.
As long as you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partner. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partner Gordon College.