Rethink and Recreate
Investigate and create a system for course development and delivery that can take advantage of remote learning to provide meaningful and effective strategies for your students.
Understand and implement UDL to eliminate barriers in your remote learning environments that meet the needs of all learners.
Define and develop techniques to engage and support students and families in a remote learning environment including integrating student feedback and building relationships.
How the Course Works:
Laura Taylor is an assistant principal at the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, MA and is a former kindergarten teacher in the Groton Dunstable Regional School District. After 28 years of teaching kindergarten, she shifted gears and moved into school administration in the same school district. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from Lesley University and has presented various courses and workshops on Universal Design for Learning. Laura is passionate about inspiring every child to achieve success and is known for using innovative ways to reach children. She believes that you can maintain the rigor in lessons while also creating a classroom that is stimulating and engaging.
Tom Thibodeau was an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI for 18 years until his retirement in 2020. As assistant provost, he served as the division chair for seven academic departments with 18 degree programs (AS, BS, MS and PPD) and over 1,200 students. He also led faculty development, outcomes assessment and attendance tracking through a team-based approach. As facilitator of new faculty orientation, Thibodeau stressed the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology in 1998 and implemented a new curriculum mapping process. He has been involved in online education since 1996 and has seen, firsthand, the impact that positive planning and design can have on student engagement, especially when these are designed to meet the needs of all learners. Tom Thibodeau is the co-author of “UDL in the Cloud” with Dr. Katie Novak and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses with Dr. Novak (who also happens to be his daughter!)