March 27-29 in Orlando, FL
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Friday, March 29 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Building Mindsets toward Learner Variability and Inclusive Practices

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Curious about building or deepening mindsets in teachers and school leaders that invest them in welcoming all learners and building inclusive classrooms and schools? This breakout session will detail how the Learner Variability and Special Education Initiative at Teach For America develops mindsets for incoming teachers as well as staff members. This session will explore the history of ableism and its intersection with racism and other forms of oppression, ramifications on students today, different models of disability, and how we consider our own identity when it comes to ability. The session will conclude with an exploration of how the Initiative then connects Universal Design for Learning as a pedagogical framework for welcoming learner variability and incorporating inclusive practices in all classrooms and schools

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Kate Blanchard

Managing Director, Teach For America
Kate Blanchard is the Managing Director of the Learner Variability and Special Education Initiative atTeach For America. The Initiative works to propel Teach For America staff and participants forward intheir leadership development for systems change and educational equity – particularly... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal D1-2