Dr. Jennifer Katz: Author & Assistant Professor

Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAis the author of three books on universal design and has taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg and Vancouver for 16 years, including both special education classrooms and inclusive classrooms, in addition to working as a resource teacher, guidance counsellor, and consultant. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has become known internationally. Dr. Katz is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Session: Universal Design for Learning – Inclusion 

Building inclusive learning communities require 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. Service delivery is framed around an RTI/MTSS pedagogy. The model has been implemented in schools across Canada and has been shown to increase student engagement, academic achievement (including reading comprehension and critical thinking), self-concept, respect for diverse others, prosocial behaviour, mental health, and teacher satisfaction and self-efficacy. This workshop will provide an overview of the framework. Sample units, lessons, video, and student work will be shared.