Nurturing an Inclusive Learning Culture through Universal Design for Learning

What does it really mean to use a UDL lens? This series by Kathy McClaskey explores how Universal Design for Learning (UDL)can strengthen teaching and reinforce a culture where every learner feels that they are valued, belong, and are learning. Part One: Understanding the Pedagogy of a Learning Science to …

The IRIS Center: Research-based resources for educators

“The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.” Topics, including early childhood and early intervention, behavior, literacy and much more, are address through adult learning modules, …

Make your plans for International School Grounds Month!

In May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If …

An Interview with Sir Ken Robinson: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

An interview by Stephen Noonoo with Ken Robinson about his new book, “You, Your Child and School” “Education is a system in the sense that it’s organized on a grand scale, but it manifests itself every day in the actions and reactions of living people. Education happens in classrooms and …

Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years

Self-regulation is how we manage our feelings, energy level and thoughts in productive ways that help us stay connected with others and focused on goals in spite of challenges or disruptions.
Read this summary of findings on self-regulation from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It’s one of a series of five briefs on self regulation.

Documenting Learning in New Zealand

Educators in New Zealand have a number of qualitative ways to document student learning, from infants onward, including “Learning Stories” and more. Examples of Documenting Learning Anecdotal evidence, gathered from observations, evidence from formative assessment tasks, student or parent voice – all are valid ways of identifying areas where students …