Inclusive Practices Institute


January 13-15, 2020


The 3 day Inclusive Practices Institute offers teams of 3 - 5 educators and school leaders the opportunity to share in the exploration of the principles and strategies of inclusive education in order to increase access to general education curriculum, support individual needs and ensure all students are meaningfully included in learning. 

Equity and access are a primary focus in developing inclusive schools and classrooms. Educators will explore the Framework for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and consider how to develop powerful goals for units and lessons that increase student access and eliminate barriers to learning. 

Teams will also have the opportunity to examine co-teaching  practices. We will look at the co-teaching relationship,  best practices for co-planning and how to best leverage adults in the inclusive classroom. We will zoom in on the effective use of high impact co-instruction models such as stations and parallel teaching.  Participants will learn how these models can be used in the classroom to more effectively teach to the edges, accounting for the inherent variability in all learners. General agenda is below:

*Must register with teams of 3-5 educators from the same school site. 

Schedule for Inclusive Practices Institute

Day 1: Inclusive Philosophy and Co-Teaching

  • Breakfast and Community Builder

  • Why an Inclusive School Culture Matters in Today’s Classrooms

  • Delivering High Impact Co-Instruction: Parallel and Station Teaching  

  • Lunch: Leveraging Lower Impact Models of Co-Teaching

  • Adapting Lessons for Station Teaching

  • Alternative Teaching as a tool for Addressing the Variability in Student Needs and Data

  • Using the Co-Teaching Relationship and Classroom Design to Improve Student Engagement and Collaboration

  • Reflection

Day 2: Universal Design for Learning and Building Equitable Classrooms around Student Learning Profiles

  • Breakfast and Community Builder

  • Understanding the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework

  • Identifying  Barriers in Instruction and Developing Goals to Support Student Learning

  • Lunch: Staff Panel on Planning for and Teaching a Diverse Group of Learners

  • Applying  the the UDL Framework and Co-Teaching Models to Increase Student Access to the Curriculum/Classroom Observations

  • How to Build Rigor in an Inclusive Classroom Using the UDL Framework and Developing Positive Behavior Supports for Individual Students

  • Reflection

Day 3: Moving from Theory to Practice

  • Community Builder

  • Putting Identity at the Center of Classroom Culture and Instruction

  • Consultancies and Developing a Goal and Work Plan

  • Closing Session/Reflection/Next Steps