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Friday, March 31 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Five Countries, One Goal: Integrating Cultural Responsiveness and UDL

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Diversity in the classroom is affecting educators across the globe. Partners, led by the Pedagogische Begeleidingsdienst van het Katholiek Onderwijs (PBDKO) in Brussels, Belgium, have agreed to a three-year project, Use Diversity to Enhance Learning in the 21st Century (UDEL21). This project brings together a consortium of K-12 educators, service providers for schools, and university educators from Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Italy, and Slovenia. Together, they are establishing an overall common definition of cultural responsiveness and are using the UDL framework to guide the development of tools (e.g., instruments, protocols, materials, case studies, etc.) and international in-service trainings. This presentation will share how the UDL framework has impacted the development of these tools as well as broadened conversations about how to design culturally responsive learning environments.

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Marleen Clissen

staff member international projects, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen
Marleen Clissen holds her masters degree in education and is a former special needs teacher. She works as a staff member at the umbrella organization of the Catholic public education in Flanders. Her fields of expertise are inclusion, diversity in the classroom, Universal Design for Learning and autism spectrum disorders.
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Loui Lord Nelson

Consultant, RAISE, Inc
Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, is an international educational consultant who focuses on Universal Design for Learning. A former special education teacher, Loui provides guidance in UDL to schools, districts, state personnel, and universities across the globe and is the author of the top selling book, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning. She also works as the UDL Specialist for the School Wide Integrated... Read More →

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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