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Teaching to Diversity: The Three-Block Model of Universal Design for Learning [Paperback]

Jennifer Katz , Faye Brownlie
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July 6 2012 1553793536 978-1553793533
In her book Teaching to Diversity, Dr. Jennifer Katz synthesizes the research, and 16 years experience of teaching in inclusive classrooms and schools, to provide answers to several questions:
  • How do I make inclusion work for ALL students?
  • What are the foundational best practices of a truly inclusive learning community?
  • How does one create such a community?

The author pulls together, in an organized way, a three-block model of universal design for learning (UDL) and suggests a step-by-step approach for implementing it. This framework includes:

Block One, Social and Emotional Learning: details ways to build compassionate learning communities (K–12) in which all students feel safe and valued, and develop a positive self-concept, sense of belonging, and respect for diverse others.

Block Two, Inclusive Instructional Practice: includes a framework for planning units from K–12, and explains instructional and management practices for teaching, assessing, grading, and reporting in UDL Classrooms.

Block Three, Systems and Structures: suggests strategies for creating inclusive learning communities, and explores ways in which resource teachers, student services personnel, and school administrators can support and create socially and academically inclusive schools and classrooms.

The three-block model of UDL can empower educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to teach diverse learners in the same classroom—including those who have previously been excluded. Ultimately, it is about creating classrooms and schools that heal by teaching to the heart, mind, and spirit of every student.

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The three-block model of universal desing for learning fills the gap between the theory of inclusive education and the classroom. Katz pulls critical how-to-teach ideas (e.g., multiple intelligences, differentiation, essential learning outcomes, co-teaching) into one understandable, usable package. Classroom teachers and their support teams can take these ideas directly to the job of designing and implementing instruction that works for all students - both socially and academically. Plus, while the themes are universal, Katz draws on Canadian experience, making the policy context more recognizable to educators in Canada.
 -  John VanWalleghem, PhD, Adjust Professor, Univeristy of Manitoba

Jennifer Katz's true gift lies in her ability to make others think and reflect on their practices. Jennifer is a true instrument of change and is definitely contributing to a much needed paradigm shift!
- Jennifer McGowe, Teacher, 7 Oaks School Division

The three-block model was a lifesaver when I taught grade 3 to a very diverse classroom. It allowed for everyone to feel successful within the classroom and targeted on building individual strengths and scaffolding challenges. Now, being a resource teacher, it has allowed me to assist others and and make learning enjoyable for all.
- Josh Diduke, K-8 Resource Teacher, Ste. Anne Elementary

About the Author

Jennifer Katz, PhD, taught for 16 years in diverse classrooms from K to 12, including special education and inclusive classrooms in Winnipeg and Vancouver. She has also served as a resource teacher and counselor. In addition, she has been a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia, educational consultant, editor, and presenter. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has spanned several provinces and territories, and multiple audiences – university courses, academic conferences, parent advocacy groups, professional development workshops, and educational conferences. She continues to work closely with students and teachers who are living and learning in inclusive classrooms across Canada and internationally. Dr. Katz is currently an assistant professor in faculty of education at the University of Manitoba.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Introduction July 16 2013
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This book provides both a rationale and a toolkit for planning to address the needs of the full spectrum of students in our classrooms. Lessons and strategies are provided to support social/emotional learning, strategies for year, unit and lesson planning are provided. The final section focuses on school-anddivision-wide supports. The author pulls together a variety of educational approaches (multiple intelligences, learning by design, and others) in a way that can work well and be adapted for various classes and grade levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Design for Learning......love this July 31 2013
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This book is writen by a Manitobian professor.....She takes the Mulitple Inteligences, the Backwards by Design, and Blooms Taxonomy and puts it all together in a very awesome way using Manitoba curricula........
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching to diversity. March 15 2014
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The book is very informative as it explains the pros and cons of class room assessment.I still have lots of reading to do. LOL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teching to Diversity Feb. 22 2014
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This is a great teaching resource for setting up UDL in your classroom! The book was reasonably prices and in great condition!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed May 24 2014
By H.R.C
I can simply say this is another dangerous fad (UDL) to hit public education.

This fad is the latest in the war against individuals striving to work above and beyond complacent classmates. Progressive/Communist/Socialist educators of the past, Dewey, Vygotsky, and even though he wasn't an educator, Karl Marx, would be proud to see their dangerous vision becoming reality.

This all sounds good on paper, but deeper, detailed research on this fad will reveal more than the average teacher or principal can comprehend. Can educators read between the lines to realize what this is really about?
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