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Universal Design for Learning in Action – Ensuring Every Student Can Create and Collaborate

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Alexandra Dunn, Speech-language Pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board and Heather Snider, Grade 2-3 Teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada
Sponsored by Nureva


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Are some of your students in your K–12 classrooms integrated but not fully included? Discover how teachers can act as mediators in student-centered learning environments and create accessible Makerspaces to reach and teach all students. Alexandra Dunn, speech language pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board, and Heather Snider, grade 2/3 teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada, spoke about collaborative learning environments built around the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Topics included:

  • The journey into Smart Inclusion
  • The tenets of Universal Design for Learning
  • How hands-on manipulatives and technology such as tablets, laptops and assistive technology can support multiple means of representation, engagement and expression for all
  • Student work samples and tools to assist teachers to make UDL come alive in collaborative learning environments
  • How to create accessible Makerspaces


Alex DunnAs speech-language pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board, Alexandra Dunn works with students from kindergarten to high school. She presents internationally on topics including technology and theory as part of the Universal Design for Learning Toolkit to ensure all students achieve meaningful academic and social participation. Alex was named SMART Technologies Educator of the Year for Canada (2012) and was awarded the prestigious C21 Shifting Minds National Award for distinctive achievement in the field learning and innovation.



heather sniderHeather Snider has 29 years of experience teaching kindergarten and grades 2–4, and has her primary specialist and reading specialist qualifications. She received the Upper Canada District School Board’s (UCDSB) Trustee Innovation Award in 2013, in recognition of her creative and innovative way of increasing student participation and achievement. Heather is one of UCDSB’s Smart Inclusion teachers, and her work in the area of Inclusion has been shared internationally.






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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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