Planning for Cultural and Linguistic Variability with Universal Design for Learning – A Facilitated Self-paced Course

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Today’s classrooms feature learners from a range of cultural, racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Yet too often “one-size-fits-all” curricula have barriers that prevent learners from achieving high-level learning goals.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help. UDL, an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, guides educators to design flexible learning environments that support all learners. Educators who use the UDL framework understand that when we design a curriculum from the beginning that addresses learner variability, including cultural and linguistic diversity, the curriculum better addresses the needs of all.

In this course, participants will explore the UDL framework and concept of learner variability, with a focus on English learners and cultural diversity. We will explore the UDL framework, key EL policy, and intersections among the frameworks such as WIDA and SIOP/SEI. Participants will use UDL to design effective goals, assessments, materials, and methods for ELs – and all learners – to build expert learning skills.

In this facilitated course, participants will discuss their learning with the course facilitator and within a community of practice and will receive feedback. There is an option to earn PDPs and graduate credit.

Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will gain:

  • An understanding of how the UDL framework can help educators address the cultural and linguistic variability of learners.
  • Experience using UDL to help all learners achieve clear, flexible goals that are based on WIDA, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (MCF’s), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), or other standards used in their school or district.
  • Experience aligning assessments with learning goals to inform selection of methods and materials chosen specifically to address cultural and linguistic variability.
  • The opportunity to apply UDL to a learning event or lesson to address cultural and linguistic variability.

To learn more about this online course, including the option of taking the course for graduate credit, contact Nathan Trites at 781-245-2212, ext 244 or by email at ntrites@cast.org.



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Dates:

This course will be available on February 1, 2017.  Once available, the course can be started at any time. Upon enrolling in the course, participants will have access to the course for 4 months.

Tuition:

$1000.00
A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution who register together.

Registration will open on February 1, 2017.

Who Should Enroll?

Educators (general, special education, curriculum coordinators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, paraprofessionals, college and university faculty, adult education faculty, etc.) and teams of educators at all levels who are interested in:

  • How the UDL framework can help educators address the cultural and linguistic variability of learners.
  • Gaining experience using UDL to help all learners achieve clear, flexible goals that are based on WIDA, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (MCF’s), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), or other standards used in their school or district.
  • Gaining experience aligning assessments with learning goals to inform selection of methods and materials chosen specifically to address cultural and linguistic variability.
  • The opportunity to apply UDL to a learning event or lesson to address cultural and linguistic variability.

Credit Equivalency

Coursework for this module is equivalent to a 45-contact-hour, graduate-level course. Participants who complete the course with a C- (71%) or better will receive an email that contains a printable PDF of an official CAST certificate.