Guest Speaker

Paula Kluth

PhD

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities, and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction, active learning, and inclusive schooling.

Dr. Kluth is the author of numerous books and products including Universal Design Daily30 Days to the Co-Taught ClassroomDon’t We Already Do Inclusion?From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms, and You’re Going to Love This Kid!. Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices of People with Autism.

Day 1 – Thursday

9:15 – 10:45a.m.

Part 1 – You’re Going to Love this Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Purpose & Objectives

To learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within the general education classroom.

  • Compare and contrast definitions of autism
  • Hear stories and see examples of how some students with autism see and experience learning
  • Learn the benefits of inclusive schools for students with autism
Day 1 – Thursday

11:00 – 12:30p.m.

Part 2 – You’re Going to Love this Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Purpose & Objectives

To teach practical ways of supporting student with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within the general education classroom. Participants will learn:

  • At least five active learning techniques appropriate for K-12 classrooms
  • 10+ ideas for adapting curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of learners on the autism spectrum
  • Techniques for supporting the development of communication and social skills and competencies in inclusive classrooms
Day 1 – Thursday

1:30 – 3:00p.m.

From Text Maps to Memory Caps: Differentiating Instruction in K-12 Classrooms

Purpose & Objectives

To demonstrate teacher-created materials used to meet the needs of all learners in inclusive schools. Participants will:

  • Learn how to use instructional materials to differentiate instruction
  • Participate in 3-5 active/collaborative learning structures appropriate for the inclusive classroom
  • Understand how to use materials for teaching/learning; providing study support; encouraging social interactions; supporting sensory needs and more
  • Learn at least 5 active learning techniques appropriate for K-12 classrooms
  • Explore how student fascinations, strengths and “favorites” can be used to teach, support, and inspire
  • Learn strategies and adaptations with opportunities to try some of them out

Keynote Speaker

Location and Venue

Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA

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