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  • Professional Development

    PD Provider: Thea Durling

    Contact Information
    Thea Durling
    10 Longwood Ave
    Fitchburg, MA 01420

    Thea Durling


    Provider Details
    Teachers, Teacher leaders, Coaches
    10 events or fewer
    0-5 years
    Brief Description of Services
    Removing Ourselves From the Front of the Classroom This online course is designed to guide participants in exploring and implementing the Guidelines for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the UDL Progression Rubric. The exploration is focused through a single topic or series of lessons re-designed to empower students by shifting the instructional focus from teacher lecture to student-driven content work. Participants will design the entire scope of instructional moves for their topic, starting with identifying language needs, key instructional points, data collection procedures, and resources for student learning. From there, participants will plan student groupings, lesson timing, formative assessment(s), and reteaching/retakes. Participants will also consider ways to front-load student experiences that lead students to take on the challenge of managing the bulk of their content work, such as activities with growth mindset, time management/Stations/Centers, etc., in lieu of designing around teacher-led instruction. The course will conclude with participant self-reflection with the goal of duplicating the cycle with new content while continuing to incorporate new learning from each successive cycle. Add Tag to Answer

    Content Area(s)
    Content CategoryDetailsGrade LevelsEducator Evaluation Standards
    Curriculum and Instruction – General  T-I: Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment
    T-II: Teaching All Students

    An IndividualMichelle Fulkerson, M.Ed Math Coach and Interventionist Putnam Avenue Upper School mfulkerson@cpsd.u
    An IndividualJulie Ann Spang Digital Learning Coach Lexington Public School District 433 Groton Street Dunstable,

    Regions Served
    No Regions Specified by Provider

    Last Updated: March 1, 2015

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