Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students in urban classrooms

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dr. JIMG_5413essica Bacon and Leslie Lieman led a morning of professional development for over 60 teaching candidates, teachers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals that focused on the tenants of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its applications in the K-12 classroom. UDL applies principles from neuroscience and architecture to learning with the goal of building multiple entry points into the initial design to meet the needs of all of learners. The workshop covered the three principles of the UDL framework, including: multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. Based on the UDL framework, participants gained practical tips, strategies and resources to use in practice.

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Dr. Jessica Bacon is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education. Dr. Bacon has been working with schools, faculty, and teachers on implementing UDL into k-12 and higher education classrooms. She also attended an advanced institute at Harvard University on UDL during the summer of 2014, funded by the MATH-UP program.

Leslie Lieman is the Educational Technology Coordinator for CUNY Lehman College: School of Education. She works with faculty, teacher candidates and public school mentor teachers to improve the use and integration of technology in teaching, learning and assessment. Leslie is currently focused on teacher candidates’ successful completion of NYS Teacher Certification Exams. Leslie holds a Master in Social Work from CUNY Hunter College and a Master in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. During July 2014, she attended an advanced UDL Institute at Harvard University.