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True Wealth is a Sense of Belonging

We wanted the best school for our child and we found it, because inclusion is much deeper than facilities and programs. Inclusion involves everyone looking beyond what children can’t do based on their circumstances to see instead what they CAN do.

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Teaching Real Life Functional Skills (in English & Spanish)

Thirty plus years of educational research informs us that by immersing students in the richness and diversity of an inclusive educational experience, students are more likely to learn important life skills.

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Creating Expert Learners in Every Classroom

Teachers who develop expert learners help students value their own thinking. Strategic instructional plans for the learning process are clearly and flexibly in place to guide students to organize their thinking.

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UDL and Differentiation: Finding Harmony

My work in the area of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) brings me into many conversations about differentiation. While some educators try to understand the difference, others see the two ideas as the same.

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Hosting Learning the UDL Way

The UDL classroom is like a dinner party—or more accurately, a really interesting potluck—and the teacher is the host.

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UDL + Technology Tools From the Fringe

I’ve rounded up just a small sample of unique Web 2.0 tools that I believe embody “UDL-ness” — engaging students and promoting multiple means of representation and expression.

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Why Ask "Why"?

When given assignments, students want to know “why.” Answering this question through Universal Design for Learning and the Principle of Engagement—the why of learning...

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Through the Lens of Variability

As a teacher, understanding variability helped me break the mold of expectation regarding what each student label needs. I will describe how I transformed one of my science lessons through the lens of variability, without using student labels.

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Q: What Does Inclusion Really Look Like? Answers from a Second Grade Classroom

The commitment to include Sam in this classroom is solid. No one is waiting for "evidence" of his intelligence. Everyone believes in him, and everyone takes responsibility for figuring out communication supports.

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