On Practicing the Practice

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Seeing UDL Through an Equity Lens

When presenting on UDL, I'm often asked, "Doesn't UDL promote equity?" While it is true that Universal Design supports making environments and experiences more equitable for people who often find themselves on the margin, the UDL framework by itself does not address issues like implicit bias, cultural representation, or racial equity. Addressing these areas requires seeing UDL through an equity lens. This webisode is the first in a 10-part series that will take a look at each of the nine UDL guidelines and bring into view what needs to be considered in order to fully address and achieve equity. 

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There's No Playbook for This!

Overnight, schools all over the country were thrown into an emergency distance learning situation. We’re all looking for help on how to navigate these unexpected circumstances. Teachers, principals, and parents are all looking for support and recommendations. And, honestly, as someone who fits all three categories, I find the emails with the subject “101 Distance Learning Tools” to be unhelpful.

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I wrote the missing how-to-make-PD-better book!

What I've seen is that there are very few opportunities for people who lead professional learning for educators to get practical guidance and concrete resources to support designing effective professional development that improves classroom practice. There are a few classes, some academic research, but hardly anything with hands-on strategies or time-tested tips.

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A Letter to my First Year Self

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Edutopia’s “If I Knew Then” challenge, I’m sharing this letter to myself on my first day of teaching.

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