Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Recognizing Excellence - Cast UDL Spotlight

Note: This is timely considering my last post.

Great news to share!

Two incredible educators, Lisa Parisi and Christine Southard have been selected for recognition for their exemplary work at the Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde, NY. Read about their extraordinary co-teaching model at the CAST UDL Spotlight site. (Full disclosure - I nominated them and am thrilled to see that CAST believed they are worthy of recognition as well).

What is UDL Spotlight?

Educators around the world are applying key aspects of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in highly innovative ways. CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) is pleased to feature these examples of UDL features in teacher practice, in applications of technology, courses, tools and web sites to support teaching and learning. In each Spotlight, we highlight segments of the UDL Guidelines that are met by any implementation. We hope these exciting ideas will spark even more UDL innovation and serve as a forum for all of us to share best practices.

Each featured Spotlight illustrates some of the CAST UDL Guidelines. Taken as a group, the Spotlights build a vision for a future of learning environments that are truly universal.

It is essential to highlight quality teaching that seamlessly incorporates UDL principles and leads to success for all students. The August UDL Spotlight celebrates UDL and Co-Teaching. Check out the multimedia site to learn about Lisa and Christine's classroom practices which align with UDL principles. Well-deserved congratulations, Lisa and Christine. Let's replicate your model throughout the world!

Do you know of any educators deserving of recognition in your district? Nominations are always welcome at the UDL Spotlight site.

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1 comment:

Cheryl Oakes said...

Congratulations to Christine and Lisa! Proud to know you both. YOU both are a huge support to all your students.