UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Teacher Appraisal Systems

In this blog series we’ve shared information about how UDL provides a framework for focusing instruction on learner variability, ways that planning with UDL can optimize student learning, and where UDL is mentioned in federal laws and plans. But what about teacher appraisal; how do the UDL guidelines connect to T-TESS?

This short video uses a side by side illustration that shows where UDL and T-TESS connect to help create a more student-centered environment. Showing the UDL guidelines matched with T-TESS in this manner helps demonstrate that the implementation of UDL can result in improved practice and performance.  

Reflect: How can applying a UDL lens to the T-TESS rubric support you in your efforts to move from teacher-centered actions to student-centered actions?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement. This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

UDL Blog Series:

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

Preschool Workshop Opportunity!

Circle Time Upgrade- Make it and Take it! (FA1326821) October 2, 9am-4pm

Who:  PPCD, PreK, Headstart and all other early childhood educators

Get your teachers registered, for this full day workshop including a half day of make and take! Materials will be provided so that the teachers will leave with items ready to use the next day! This workshop is based on up to date research and evidence-based practice.

Spanish and English materials will be available for the make and take portion!

Overview:
Learn the advantages of teaching with visuals in the preschool classroom and exploring evidence-based, best-practice techniques during circle time. Learn to use developmentally appropriate activities that encourage participation by accommodating individuals as well as group learning styles and special needs while supporting emergent literacy and pre-math concepts. In this hands-on workshop participants will create materials and visuals that are ready to bring back and begin using in the classroom!

What Does Differentiation Look Like?

Melanie Castellow, Curriculum Director at La Grange ISD, shares her perspective on the look and feel of a differentiated classroom during our Perspectives on Inclusion panel at the Leadership Network Conference.


Differentiation Institute Coming up January 22, 2013

Differentiation For All Learners: Accepting the Challenge
January 22, 2013 9am -4pm
Early Bird Registration extended till December 21st.
J Taylor Education will demonstrate practical, easy-to-use strategies for integrating depth and complexity into the core curriculum.
Get Your Hands Dirty! Design and develop materials that tier curriculum, elicit higher-level thinking, and exceed Standards. Prepare students for the rigorous expectations of STAAR.

To register visit http://ecampus.esc13.net
Log into E-campus and enter Workshop Number SP1323483

For more information, contact:

Janet Newton 512.919.5285 janet.netwon.esc13.txed.net
Nancy Sanchez 512.919.5319 nancy.sanchez@esc13.txed.net