Systems of Support
Universally Designing Systems of Support
In response to practitioners and parents across California, we've designed three webinar series to strengthen the partnership between educators and parents/caregivers to support all learners. This academic year we will explore Accessibility, Individualized Education Plans, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Process.
Jump to the Fall, Winter, and Spring Learning Series:
Spring Learning Series: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Session 1: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Options for Resolving Conflicts During the IEP Process
Monday, March 6, 2023 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PT
What happens when the team approach at IEP meetings falls apart? Before resorting to formal mediation like “due process” hearings, there are other options for parties to resolve issues. This informational webinar for staff and parents will provide attendees with an overview of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process and how to keep decision-making in the hands of IEP team members. We will consider how Universal Design for Learning can play a role in supporting this process.
Link to slides: Coming soon!
Session 2: Alternative Dispute Resolution Through the Lens of Universal Design for Learning
Monday, March 13, 2023 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PT
The closer parties involved in developing IEPs get to ADR or litigation, the closer they are to an outside party deciding the outcome. This webinar will feature a panel of guests who will look at ADR through the lens of UDL and the types of options for engagement, perception, and action and expression that can be used to maintain flexibility during the IEP process. What options and pathways will lead parties to aligning interests in the best interests of learners, and how can we keep communication open?
Link to slides: Coming soon!
Fall Learning Series: Accessibility from Assessment to Instruction
Session 1: How are Assessments Universally Designed?
Monday, September 12, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PT
One of the earliest ways Universal Design was applied in education was through the creation of universally-designed state assessments. During this session, participants will learn how the dozens of available accessibility supports and variety of item types on assessments provide multiple means for student engagement, perception, and action & expression. Understanding how assessments are universally designed can inform the design of learning experiences that are equally, if not more, accessible.
Session 2: Access for All in the Classroom
Monday, September 19, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PT
Smarter Balanced offers three tiers of accessibility resources on its interim and summative assessments: universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. These supports continue to increase in number and availability. During this webinar, participants will learn to access accessibility strategies in Tools for Teachers to understand the connection between accessibility on assessments and accessibility during instruction. A portion of the webinar will focus on new accessibility supports and strategies for English Learners.
Session 3: Beyond Multiple Choice: Fostering Expert Learning
Monday, October 3, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PT
The goal of Universal Design for Learning is to develop students who demonstrate expert learning; that is, they are purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal-directed. Today, students aren’t just completing multiple choice questions; rather, they must weigh decisions when given multiple choices. This webinar wraps up the accessibility series and explores how offering options during instruction can support student agency and prepare them for increasingly complex and rigorous challenges in the classroom and during assessment.
Winter Learning Series: Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
Session 1: UDL for Parents & Guardians
Session 2: Universally Designing the SST Processes
Session 3: Universally Designing IEP Goals