CAEA Conference Supercharge your Power in Art Education November 4–7, 2020

UDL Special Event
Saturday, November 7, 2020
9 AM–12:15 PM (Pacific Time)

Saturday's keynote will explore what Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is, what it can look like in art, and why it is critical that you apply it to your instruction now more than ever. This session will be followed by a "buffet" of 7 breakout workshops, each featuring a specific topic on UDL and art. These 7 options will cater to your preferences and prior knowledge while offering you an individualized opportunity to deepen your knowledge and actually implement UDL!

Keynote Session with Liz Byron: 9:00 am

The typical visual art educator sees anywhere from 100 to 600 learners each week. Wow… talk about learner variability! On top of that, teachers have to pivot to virtual and hybrid teaching models coupled with our country’s reckoning with race and equity. As visual art educators, we must transform our instruction while empowering students during this unprecedented time… but how? 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework that offers a roadmap to reduce learning barriers and achieve expert learning regardless of your teaching circumstances. Learn what UDL is and how to apply it to your visual arts curricula; you will expand your instructional toolkit and transform your pedagogy while providing all your artists with options to be more motivated, resourceful, and goal-directed.


Special UDL Workshops 10:30 am- Content Session   11:30 am: Now what Sessions…Planning for your classroom with our UDL mentors.

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Liz Byron

You know the Guidelines; you plan with UDL, but students still encounter barriers to learning. In this session, reevaluate the roles of the teacher and students in instructional design. You will be challenged to reflect on how your identity and biases can be barriers for students. You will walk away with practical applications of some of the Guidelines connected to how the presenter attempts to apply UDL to recognize and reduce her inherent barriers to transform instruction.


Cory Shepherd

The virtual landscape of free online resources that can be used to support student engagement in the arts is quickly evolving. Many museums, galleries, and other arts organizations have created robust virtual opportunities for students in response to the challenges presented by socially-distanced and remote learning.  We hope you will join us to learn more and to discuss how Universal Design for Learning can inform the adaptation of these experiences in your classroom.


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Lizzie Fortin

Anti-Bias Anti-Racism in the Universally Designed Visual Art Classroom and World Moving beyond just including “diverse” artists that only brush the surface of the definition of diversity - in this session, participants will learn about mindsets, ideas, and action. We will use the UDL guidelines as a bridge from planning into action in our classrooms and worlds and lives. Participants will leave with a plethora of resources and ways to move from learner to implementer.  2019 Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year


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Timmary Leary

Responding and Meaning Making in a Remote Setting How do learners develop the skill of meaning making? Art-making can be enhanced by our learner's ability to RESPOND and CONNECT to their own works, the works of others, and the visible world around them. Participants will experience several thinking routines to spark curiosity, encourage listening and develop critical thinking. Routines will be adapted to meet the needs of teachers working remotely while still considering the variability of all of our learners.


Kim Marshall

This session will take an in-depth look into the UDL features embedded within Flipgrid. Participants will walk away with a digital Make and Take as well as new Flipgrid skills to apply as options for reducing learning barriers.


Ann Rokosky

Identifying a clear goal is a central component of the UDL curriculum design process. But, what does that even mean? What does that look like in an elementary art classroom? And how can you as an art educator design clear goals that honor student voice? In this session, participants will be given examples and non-examples of UDL goals and supported in their own UDL goal writing process. 2020 Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year


Kate Egnack
Representing a UDL classroom in a remote environment 

UDL is a process designed to accommodate all learners from the beginning. When schools required an abrupt transfer to a remote platform, it forced the rethinking of the representation of a physical learning space. This session will highlight how the principles of UDL are applied to design a virtual space that supports learners as we adapt and transcend this change. When we eventually shift back to the classroom, your takeaways will be transferable to the physical classroom space.


In between sessions we will have opportunities for you to network and talk about what you have heard. You may be sitting in your bedroom, but you can still have great conversations with other art educators like yourself—from across the country. We have planned this event to coincide the emphasis on Universal Design for Learning in our new Visual Arts Framework.

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