Welcome to this SET-BC Self-Directed Course, Supporting Inclusion: Technology and Exemplary Practice. This web-based course will highlight evidence-based frameworks, and will also include implementation strategies and tools that will encourage and support inclusion.
The objectives of this course are three-fold:
- Participants will be provided with an overview of evidence-based frameworks which support inclusion.
- Participants will contribute to the building of knowledge and implementation strategies that support inclusion.
- Participants will be provided with resources to support their implementation of various technologies to foster inclusion.
Inclusive education is more than placement or setting, it refers to the academic and behavioural strategies that improve academic and social emotional outcomes for all students, with or without exceptionalities, in a general education setting. Keeping in mind that inclusion involves both academic and social components, the following three frameworks will be the backbone of this course:
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and
- Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS)
This course will consist of three modules, based on frameworks which are rooted in educational research. Each module will also contain implementation videos that can support you in your professional practice.
Module One: Universal Design for Learning
According to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), UDL is a framework to optimize teaching and learning, based on scientific insights into how humans learn. This framework guides educators in designing lessons, assessments and materials that can meet the needs of all of their learners to the greatest extent possible.
Module 2: Positive Behaviour Supports
School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a proactive, tiered approach that enables schools to effectively support student behaviour. Schools that implement PBS experience a decrease in problem behaviour and office referrals, and increased academic and social inclusion.
A special thank you to Risha Golby & the staff of Sir Wilfred Laurier for allowing us to share their PBS success and resources!
Module 3: Social Emotional Learning
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”.