We are thinking that UDL will tie together our inclusion model with other literacy initiative & PBIS initiative. We plan to integrate the UDL concepts during PLC's and other meetings involving staff or students such as an upcoming guided/collaborative planning session with our new grade 4 team. Initially, we are planning to introduce the UDL concepts and resources at our two-day, district wide, Lead Teacher/Dept. Chair School Year Kick-Off Event this August.
I think it's great that you're thinking of UDL as an umbrella for other district initiatives!
Pittsfield Public Schools also plans to incorporate UDL principles into other district initiatives, especially our PBS and effective intervention planning and implementation. We plan to introduce UDL language and framework into our professional development at the start of the year, as well as, utilize the framework in our instructional and behavioral problem-solving process.
Worcester is working to identify several steps to bring UDL strategies to teachers across the District. One plan is to identify selected sites to start and target staff to be trained and act as UDL coaches. The long term hope is that this can be carried out across all our schools. In addition, we plan to provide smaller workshops for interested teachers with the hope of gaining their interest to move forward in adopting these strategies and maybe even taking one of the Focus Group courses.
The group from Duxbury would love to have...
We had a similar approach. We have a group of educators writing curriculum this summer and we will pilot our efforts to introduce the concepts of UDL (using some of the resources used with us, including clips like the shoe size bit from Todd Rose), with the goal of building some familiarity with a "pioneer group" of educators. We hope to present to our full staff of educators (paraprofessionals and teachers) in the opening days of school to meet our initial goal of introducing all staff to the concepts of UDL/variation. Our next step after "initial/universal orientation to the big ideas" is to "delve deeper" by using the jigsaw approach like we did as an activity yesterday; this too would involve all of our staff, including paraprofessionals. Our third step is to provide smaller groups (like staff who teach a common subject) with an opportunity to examine what this might look like in practice. This could happen in the form of "Japanese lesson study", or by sharing a common topic and brainstorming how to teach it using UDL, or by examining actual lessons and video clips. We anticipate that subsequent work might proceed with a group of "pioneers" moving faster and getting into this deeper and serving as potential models as others begin to work with applying these ideas in their classrooms.
In North Adams our plan is to integrate our learning about UDL with our major district initiative to improve Tier One instruction. We will share Cast resources with staff. We will integrate UDL with MTSS, DI and the new teacher evaluation system.