2017 SUMMER INSTITUTE:
UDL & The New BC Curriculum
EPSE 390C 96B | EPSE 565I 96B and EPSE 390A 96B | non-credit
All courses are subject to minimum enrolment. We advise that participants do not finalize any travel arrangements until notified that this course is confirmed.
NOTE: Instructor permission is not required to register for this course.
Today’s classrooms reflect the diversity of a global world. This diversity means that students vary in what they already know, what they are ready to learn, the pace at which they are able to proceed through curriculum, and the level of adult support they require for success. Building inclusive learning communities requires that students see school as a place where they belong, are valued, and have something to contribute. The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning is an effective approach to classroom management, planning, instruction, and assessment that creates a compassionate learning community from K-12. It has been implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools across three provinces, and has been shown to increase student engagement, academic achievement, self-concept, respect for diverse others, prosocial behavior, and teacher satisfaction and self-efficacy.
This course will focus on the practical “how to” of starting the year, building climate, and planning units in a way that facilitates differentiated instruction, inquiry, and multi-modal/outcomes based assessment. The new BC curriculum will be modeled through a UDL lens – that is, we will explore how UDL can be used as a vehicle for implementing the new curriculum in ways that support diverse learners, reduce teacher stress and workload, and still meet assessment and grading requirements. Sample units, lessons, video, and student work K-12 will be shared!
- Inclusion means that every child is a part of the social and academic life of the classroom; Every child has the chance to feel good about themselves and what they contribute to the community, experiences a sense of belonging and is challenged to learn and grow in interaction with their peers.
- Universal Design for Learning is a conceptual framework for implementing inclusive education.
- Social and emotional learning impacts academic learning, and well-being.
- Inclusive instructional practice turns learning into a team sport, in which students work together to master complex concepts and skills.
- If we are to truly, systematically become an inclusive profession, system, and community – we will have to reflect on many of our policies and practices on a large-scale level.
Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning – What are they?
- Social and Academic Inclusion
- UDL – what is it?
- Updated definitions and frameworks, introduction to the Three Block Model
- Research / outcomes of implementation
- Block One - Social and Emotional Learning & Mental Health
- The neurology of learning and its links to social and emotional well-being
- SEL & Positive Mental Health: Developing well-being, community, leadership and social problem solving
- Trauma informed teaching and schools
Inclusive Instructional Practice - Designing learning environments for diverse learners
- Block Two: Planning for diverse learners through the new BC curriculum
- Designing learning spaces
- Year Planning - Finding connections in curriculum in ways that learners on a spectrum of ability, background knowledge, and interests can engage in
- Universally Designed Unit/Lesson Planning with the new curriculum – Engaging diverse learners in complex concepts, and deep learning (yes, including your modified kids!)
- Teaching & Engaging Diverse Learners
- Management of differentiated tasks
- The flow of assessment and instruction
- Introducing team/group work
- Teaching higher order conceptual representation
SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES
- Block Three: Inclusive schools and districts
- Staff well-being and school culture
- Issues to consider – budgeting, staffing, scheduling, and more
- The new BC curriculum and its implications
In November 2016 we conducted a survey with the intent of understanding what area of professional learning would be of most benefit to our education alumni. As a result of the feedback and insights shared with us, we are very pleased welcome Dr. Jennifer Katz and Trevor Boehm this summer, and to announce this program as the:
2017 Alumni’s Choice Summer Institute:
Teaching to Diversity – UDL & The New BC Curriculum
While professional learning in the area of inclusive education and supporting diverse learners was the number one request, the survey also highlighted needs in the following areas, *many of which will also be addressed in this course:
- *Aboriginal Education
- *New Curriculum
- *Mental Health
- Environment & Outdoor Education
- Language Acquisition
- International Education & Immigrant Students
- Using Technology in the Classroom
In addition to this 2017 Alumni Choice summer institute, we have a wide range of summer programs that respond to these subject areas and are intended to address the current and emerging learning needs for the teachers of British Columbia.
We hope you will join us this summer to engage in a professional learning program that will make a difference for you, your teaching, and especially for your students. Your learning changes the world. Deepen and extend your learning and impact; bring a colleague!
Dr. Jennifer Katz
Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia and is the author of two books on inclusive education and UDL: “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning”, and “Resource Teacher: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL”. Dr. Katz has been a successful sessional lecturer, educational consultant, classroom teacher, editor, and guidance counselor. She taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg and Vancouver for 16 years, including special education classrooms, inclusive classrooms, youth centres, and alternative high school programs. She works internationally as an advocate of inclusive education with multiple audiences, including university courses, academic conferences, parent advocacy groups, educational conferences, school and division based professional development workshops, and most importantly, direct work with children and youth in schools and alternative settings. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC.
Trevor Boehm received his Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba in 2016. Prior to this, Trevor completed a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education with a focus on Universal Design for Learning. He has been a high school teacher for the last 18 years, and has successfully employed the Three Block Model with his high school English, social studies, and biology students. He is a certified level 2 Three Block Model facilitator, and has led sessions on how to put the Three Block Model into practice for colleagues working in kindergarten to grade 12 classrooms. Trevor is a founding member of MAUDeL, the Manitoba Alliance for Universal Design for Learning, and serves as vice-chairperson. He is currently a high school teacher in Prairie Rose School Division in rural Manitoba
UBC Vancouver | Face-to-Face
Location details will be posted here soon.
July 10 - 21
9:00am - 4:00pm
Monday to Friday
NOTE: Instructor permission is not required to register for this course.
Registration & Fees
Fees for this program, as well as the opening date for registration, will depend upon your registration type or student category.
Please note this is a 6-credit course.
Non-Credit Registration & Fees
- Non-credit registration fee: $1,156 + GST
Non-credit registration opens Tuesday, February 21.
Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. Please note that should UBC cancel the course, a full refund will be issued.
Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by to be eligible for a refund (less a $65 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.
FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.
UBC Student Registration
To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus); please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in the credit course.
Current UBC students can register for credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login (CWL).
Registration opens in early March, see the Summer Session dates for the opening registration date for your student category. Many summer programs fill quickly, early registration is strongly recommended.
- Graduate Course (3.0 credits)
EPSE 565I 96B and EPSE 390A 96B
Graduate student fees apply; see details below.
- Undergraduate Course (6.0 credits)
EPSE 390C 96B
Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.
Each credit student MUST take 6 credits:
- Grad students must take 565I (3 credits) and 390A (3 credits)
- Undergraduate students must take 390C (6 credits)
Credit tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars and are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors.
For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.
For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.
Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.
Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.
Student Assessed Fees
Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.
Students who meet certain requirements may opt out of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, during the first two weeks of the term.
To see if you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.
If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the opt-out procedures. Visit the Student Service Centre (SSC) for more information.
Students registered in on-campus courses in the summer session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.
Tuition Fee Certificates
Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | email@example.com
Admission to UBC
To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).
To register in courses offered for credit you must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver campus.
- If you were previously a student here, you will need to apply for re-admission. If you are not applying for a program, you can apply as an unclassified student to receive credit for this course.
- If you are a UBC Okanagan student, or interested in a program offered by UBC Okanagan, please see Admission Categories on the Application & Registration page.
View the Application & Registration page for details, instructions and application forms.
Visiting Graduate Students
To be eligible for admission as a Visiting Graduate Student to UBC, you must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.
For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Graduate Secretary: Alex Allen.