Professional Learning Network

Inclusionary Practices Project Professional Learning

The AESD Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) supports coordinated professional learning for school leadership teams. The project’s purpose is to support educators and school leaders with developing and implementing sustainable systems, structures, and practices that support all students with meaningful access and engagement in inclusive learning environments.

Together we can create more equitable educational environments for all students across the state

The Washington Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) is offering professional learning opportunities for educators, leaders, and school leadership teams via the Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP). The purpose is to support educators with developing and implementing sustainable systems, structures, and practices that support all students with meaningful access and engagement in inclusive learning environments.

The Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) utilizes Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as an approach to inclusive education and a framework for instructional design.

Inclusionary Practices Professional Learning Modules

We understand the unique challenges each district and school face this year to serve our students and families across the state. In response, our regional coordinators designed flexible professional learning to meet your district/school needs and context.

Our inclusionary practices professional learning modules include:

Module 1: The Case for UDL – Equality, Equity, and Inclusive Practices

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of equality and equity for students in the classroom. Educators will consider how to remove barriers to allow all students access to high quality core curriculum with a tiered support system. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of the why and how of implementing inclusive practices within their building.

Module 2: Learner Variability and Barriers to Learning

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of the potential barriers that students and families are faced with when attempting to access meaningful learning to meet the learning target. While getting an understanding of the potential barriers, we will discuss manners in which these barriers can be removed or eliminated in order to improve access for students.

Module 3: Leading Implementation of Inclusionary Practices

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of three important factors for Leaders to consider as they begin to implement Inclusionary Practices at the building level: implicit bias and its effect on expectations and choices for all staff members, the differences between Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Intentional Learning Communities (ILC), and the benefits of providing increased opportunities for student voices. In addition, participants will learn effective strategies to facilitate each practice. Resources will be available for deeper dives into all areas. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 4: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of the UDL framework, principles, and guidelines. In addition, participants will learn about three networks of the brain, how they are connected to learning, and how they provide the basis for the UDL framework. We will explore the role of the brain in the “Why, What, and How” of learning, and how UDL practices can support all learners.

Module 5: Implementation Science: What to Expect

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of diffusion of innovation and systems change. Educators will consider the stages of implementation science and where their teams are in implementing inclusive practices. Identifying system drivers will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can champion change in meaningful ways. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 6: Shifting Teacher Mindsets

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of the evolution of mindsets. Educators will consider how school culture impacts teacher mindsets. Identifying strategies for empowering educators to reflect on their mindsets regularly will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can shift teacher mindsets at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 7: UDL Based PLC

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will develop an understanding of why PLCs are important and how they can be beneficial for staff and student outcomes. Educators will consider PLC coherence and structures for PLC implementation. Understanding how PLCs can serve as continuous, job-embedded learning will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can support staff at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 8: School-Based Implementation, Feedback, and Evaluation

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will identify potential barriers to effective implementation so that they can predict obstacles and plan proactively. Educators will consider best practices for implementation. Understanding how UDL can be scaled through feedback will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can support staff in change at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 9: Creating and Facilitating a Culture of Observation & Data-Informed Decision Making

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will understand the variability of data and evidence. Educators will learn about the importance of classroom observations in data and evidence collection. Understanding how data can be analyzed to drive change will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can support staff in change at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 10: Social Emotional Learning for Inclusive Practice

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will understand the promise of effective social emotional learning practices. Educators will learn about the importance of teacher agency, as it relates to SEL instruction. Understanding the roadblocks in social emotional learning will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can proactively plan to overcome barriers and support staff in change at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 11: Culturally Responsive Teaching

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will discuss equity, equality, and freedom. Educators will learn about Expert Learning in Action by exploring examples and identifying key characteristics. Understanding what it means to be a Warm Demander will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can proactively plan to overcome barriers and support staff in change at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Module 12: Family & Community Involvement at the School Level

2 Clock Hours Available
In this module, participants will discuss impact vs. intent. Educators will learn about the importance of visibility in building engaged partnerships. Understanding authentic relevance will help participants understand how they, as educational leaders, can proactively plan to overcome barriers and support staff in change at the building level. This module will provide leadership teams with an understanding of these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants.

Intersecting & Connecting Work

AESD is one of many IPP initiatives throughout the state supporting schools’ ability to improve inclusion and inclusive practices. Check out our partnership links for additional professional learning, coaching and support!

Need additional coaching & targeted support?

Connect with a regional Inclusionary Practices Coordinator to join our project and access the professional learning, coaching, support and mini grant available for up to 140 School Teams!

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