PLC Book Study: Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success

An opportunity to discuss, share, and dive deeper into Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success by Adratesha Fritzgerald, such a relevant book for today's instructors. We will explore the ideas presented by Ms. Fritzgarald such as the 5-point Code of Honor, the relationship between UDL and antiracism, how to be active vs. passive, putting students in the driver's seat of their learning, honoring by invitation and by releasing, how to construct an antiracist UDL classroom environment, as well as implementation strategies for driving change system-wide.  Guiding questions will be sent to all participants prior to the start of each book study session.  Each session will provide time to reflect, share, and learn from each other.

Objective: To explore the ideas presented in Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success in a PLC Professional Learning Community environment.

Tuesdays, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, and 11/2 (4:00 - 5:00PM PST)
Includes 5 clock hours

Audience: Anyone interested in both Universal Design for Learning and Antiracism practices in education

Meet the instructor:

lara francisco

Lara Francisco is an education specialist at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Special Education Teaching Degree from Western Washington University and is continuing her upper-level studies at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Education. She has a Washington State Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education (K-8) as well as for Special Education (K-12).

Lara’s work focuses on inclusionary practices in the classroom while looking at the whole child – academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs.  Understanding the importance of having strong internal systems, collaboration, and the benefits of using a Multi-Tiered Support System, Lara often provides support in these areas as well.  

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Lara spent 25 years working in both the Highline and Seattle School Districts. She has been a resource room teacher, a 1st and 2nd-grade teacher, a math specialist, and an MTSS team member and lead. She has also received additional training in both Positive Discipline and Roots of Empathy.

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