Jim Christopher

Head of School Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School/Maplewood Alternative High School, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Session

Universal Design for Learning: A Pathway to Inclusion

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (K-7) and Maplewood Alternative High School (8-12) are partner schools in North Vancouver, BC serving students with learning differences. This session outlines the research behind our universal design model and the steps that schools and teachers can take to ensure that the needs of all learners are met. Key topics will include: looking at teacher concerns and institutional barriers to inclusion; the implementation of a universal design for learning model; the process for developing individual plans for growth; classroom and program adaptations; the importance of social/emotional development and supports; and the effective integration of technology in support of personalizing learning. Participants will have the opportunity to examine and discuss specific interventions in classroom and instructional design; tools for assessing their own school and teaching and learning environment; and the practical implications of current research on developing effective approaches for working with students with a wide range of learning challenges.

Bio

Dr. Jim Christopher is the Head of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School and Maplewood Alternative High School in North Vancouver. Jim has over 40 years experience as a teacher, Principal and Superintendent in Ontario as well as the role of Head of independent schools in Quebec, British Columbia and Bermuda that are dedicated to the education of students with learning disabilities. Dr. Christopher is the author of a number of books and articles as well his highly popular blog at http://www.learningtolearn-differently.com and continues to be actively involved in the drive to differentiate learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.

Archive

Ontario 2018

Universal Design for Learning: A Pathway to Inclusion

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (K-7) and Maplewood Alternative High School (8-12) are partner schools in North Vancouver, BC serving students with learning differences. This session outlines the research behind our universal design model and the steps that schools and teachers can take to ensure that the needs of all learners are met. Key topics will include: looking at teacher concerns and institutional barriers to inclusion; the implementation of a universal design for learning model; the process for developing individual plans for growth; classroom and program adaptations; the importance of social/emotional development and supports; and the effective integration of technology in support of personalizing learning. Participants will have the opportunity to examine and discuss specific interventions in classroom and instructional design; tools for assessing their own school and teaching and learning environment; and the practical implications of current research on developing effective approaches for working with students with a wide range of learning challenges.