Presentation on theme: "A Walk in Our Shoes! UDL at Lansdowne Middle"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Walk in Our Shoes! UDL at Lansdowne Middle Nicole Norris, PrincipalLansdowne Middle SchoolBaltimore County Public Schools
2 Baltimore County Participation in CAST/Gates Grant
3 Lansdowne Middle School 674 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th gradesStudent demographics-40 Asian, 218 African American, 107 Hispanic,22 Two or More Races, 287 White115 students who receive special education services115 students who receive ELL services573 FARMS(85%) (free and reduced meals)-Title IAttendance is 93.5%
4 Overview of CAST grantOpportunity for only 2 schools in BCPS – Lansdowne Middle and Pine Grove Middle SchoolsIntroduction of UDL to Instructional Leadership Team and Professional Development for selected staffSupport and motivation from Liz BerquistMeeting CAST staff and continued collaboration
6 Carrie Reeve – PE/Health (DC) Lauren Kimble – Math/ESOL Melissa Wiegner – Special Educaiton Justin Benjamin – Social Studies (DC) Amanda Hughes – English/Language Arts Wendy Prioleau – Reading Resource Teacher Carol Connor – ReadingKeys to SuccessIntroduction of UDL PLC to Instructional Leadership TeamPLC Members from each content area – chosen by their peersLiz Berquist – UDL FacilitatorNancy Reed – Technology SupportOpen-minded; willingness to work with one another, learn and take risksProfessional Development OpportunitiesLMS PLC
7 Summer Professional Development for UDL PLC Our Goals:By the end of the summer, the PLC will be able to create and upload on UDL exchange one collaborative lesson and one individual lesson or resource for a teambuilding activity.By winter break, all departments will be introduced to UDL exchange and UDL guidelines through presentations in department meetings.By winter break , all PLC members will need to create and upload one lesson/resource in their content area on UDL exchange.By the end of the school year, PLC members will observe at least one PLC member and co-plan a cross curricular UDL lesson and upload on UDL exchange.
8 Strategies – Year 1 the right people at the right time – UDL PLC monitoring and assistance from liaisons (Liz and Nancy) provided time needed for focus and organizationLMS access to technology and knowing which resources were available through BCPS – high tech and low techdeliverables were an expectationPLC meetings and monthly meetings withdistrict level administrators
9 Strategies – Year 1Access to UDL Exchange and UDL Studio and sharing of resourcesWillingness of PLC to share ideas through collaboration, professional development, and presentations
10 Barriers- Year 1 Initial anxiety and fear Time needed to plan Time needed to experiment with planning resourcesOverwhelmed with number of resourcesQuestioning of current practices and strategies-implementation of UDL in more lessonsAllowing time and helping students process for self-reflectionAllowing proper student processing time without stepping in
11 Barriers- Year 1 Believe and Achieve Implementation outside of PLC Teacher mindsetTeacher capacity/time for PDTeacher personality/beliefsInternet access at LMS
12 Overview of TU grantTowson University Presidential Scholar Universal Design for Learning Professional Development Project
13 Strategies – Year 2 Bi-weekly PLC meetings 3 credit CPD Course Support from Lisa Carey, Fellow, Center for Innovation & Leadership in Special Education ,The Kennedy Krieger InstituteJust-in-time planning support for small group and tech integrationTechnology enhances (4 small group sets of iPads)Summer 3 Day UDL Institute at Towson University
15 Strategies – Year 2UDL as a way to meet highly effective in new evaluation system (Danielson Framework)Knowing resources that are available by the district, connecting them to the new evaluation, Common Core and UDL – making deliberate connectionsFocus on UDL and the learning environmentFocus on student-centered learningContinuous reflection on UDL implementation
16 Assessing and Improving our Learning Environment Exercise conducted with PLCWalk-through the building without students present and assessUse of groups, iPads, and knowledge of UDL
17 Learning Environment Scavenger Hunt A look at UDL and the Learning Environment at Lansdowne Middle School
18 Flexible seating arrangements allow students to form groups or work independently. Options include mats for sitting on the floor to work.
19 The floor operates and adds a “fifth wall” and a plane for conducting instruction. This grid was used for a learning activity that incorporated “planned movement.”
20 Teachers at LMS support executive functioning skills such as self-management and self-regulation through their classroom designs.Where students place their completed work becomes an opportunity for students to self-reflect on their learning.
21 What Else is LMS doing well? Word walls with graphics to support comprehensionLarge rubrics hung on walls that include sample products for students to reference for self-monitoring.Desks arranged to facilitate student collaboration.Executive Functioning supports built into classroom design. (Color coding and labeled organization)
22 What should LMS do next year? Recommendations from the UDL PLC: Create a master schedule of “free-space” and allow teachers to sign up to use free classrooms, the gym, or the halls as flexible work spaces.Ceiling mountings for the projectors.Wire management systemEF assistance for Teachers who need help organizing and arranging classrooms.Visit other schools to see what they do with physical space and furniture.
23 Materials the UDL PLC would like to purchase for next year: Folders & Notebooks to keep in class to assist with student organization.Bins for organizationMagnets to turn chalk boards into manipulative stationsTape to transform floors into learning spaces.Quick response sleeves to reduce paper use.Mini-white boards and many more colored white board markers.
25 Barriers year 2Providing proper differentiated professional development in order to support appropriate teacher growthIdentification of effective PLC membersContinuation of implementation process (explore, prepare, integrate)Timing of UDL Learning Walks
26 What’s next for LMS and UDL? Continued partnership with Liz Berquist and Lisa CareyContinued professional development with a differentiated approach for all staffFoster connections between BCPS system-wide initiatives and UDL for LMS staffScheduled UDL Learning Walks in October and February