The Iron Won’t Get Hotter: Using UDL in Today’s Classrooms

It’s undoubtedly important to teach in ways that honor learning differences and to structure lessons that are engaging, varied, and appropriately challenging. However, in this era of uncertainty and shifting practices, it is also critical to explore the most important elements of “teaching them all.” This presentation centers on big ideas related to teaching and learning and is framed around modes of representation, expression, and engagement. Paula will explore the need to focus on student strengths, passions, and interests. She will also talk about the need to design lessons that are responsive and dynamic. This presentation contains video clips, classroom stories, examples, and illustrations. It will provide both points of reflection and practical strategies. More importantly, it encourages educators to see how the current crisis can provide opportunities to appreciate inclusive design in new ways. Don’t wait to embrace UDL—the iron is hot!



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  • Dr. Paula Kluth

    Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. She is a former K-12 special educator who has served as a classroom teacher, co-teacher, and inclusion facilitator. Paula has also been a university professor and has taught courses on both inclusion and disability studies. Most recently, Paula’s work has centered on helping teachers and administrators educate all students in their schools and classrooms. She also frequently works with families and advocacy groups to support goals related to inclusion. In addition to inclusive education, her professional interests include Universal Design for Learning, co-teaching, and educating students with complex support needs.

    #All In: 17 Ways to Include All Students in Virtual Classrooms is Paula’s newest book. She is also the author or co-author of 14 other titles including Universal Design Daily30 Days to the Co-Taught ClassroomDon’t We Already Do Inclusion?, and “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms. She is also the author of a few books for children including Coaster, a story of puppy with wonderful wheels.

    Paula has won several awards in her field. She is the recipient of the PEAK Parent Center’s Ally for Inclusion Award; The PEAL [Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership] Center’s Inclusive Education Champion Award; The National Down Syndrome Congress’s Educator of the Year; The Belle Center of Chicago’s Inclusion Advocate of the Year; and the University of Wisconsin’s “Forward Under 40” Award.