232 pages, 8 × 10.5 × 0.54 in
July 6, 2012
Portage And Main Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1553793536
ISBN - 13: 9781553793533
From the Publisher
In her book Teaching to Diversity, Dr. Jennifer Katz synthesizes the research, and 16 years experience of teaching in inclusive classrooms and schools, to provide answers to several questions:
•How do I make inclusion work for ALL students?
•What are the foundational best practices of a truly inclusive learning community?
•How does one create such a community?
The author pulls together, in an organized way, a three-block model of universal design for learning (UDL) and suggests a step-by-step approach for implementing it. This framework includes:
Block One, Social and Emotional Learning: details ways to build compassionate learning communities (K–12) in which all students feel safe and valued, and develop a positive self-concept, sense of belonging, and respect for diverse others.
Block Two, Inclusive Instructional Practice: includes a framework for planning units from K–12, and explains instructional and management practices for teaching, assessing, grading, and reporting in UDL Classrooms.
Block Three, Systems and Structures: suggests strategies for creating inclusive learning communities, and explores ways in which resource teachers, student services personnel, and school administrators can support and create socially and academically inclusive schools and classrooms.
The three-block model of UDL can empower educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to teach diverse learners in the same classroom—including those who have previously been excluded. Ultimately, it is about creating classrooms and schools that heal by teaching to the heart, mind, and spirit of every student.
About the Author
Jennifer Katz, PhD, taught for 16 years in diverse classrooms from K to 12, including special education classrooms, inclusive classrooms, youth centres, and alternative high school programs in Winnipeg and Vancouver. In addition, she has been a successful sessional lecturer, educational consultant, editor, and guidance counsellor. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has spanned several provinces and territories, and multiple audiences – university courses, academic conferences, parent advocacy groups, professional development workshops, and educational conferences. Her direct work with children and youth in schools and alternative settings is most important to her. Dr. Katz is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.