Category Archives: Education

Empathy Is Our Compass – The Power of Design Futures

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For years, students across the country have been frustrated by the lack of real educational opportunities in community-engaged design. While a handful of programs are gradually emerging to fill that demand, the problem of access remains: Not every student has the privilege to attend one of the few institutions that offer these programs. So what about everyone else? How can an education in impact design become a reality for a broader group of designers?

Second-grade classrooms at Ixonia Elementary are exploring Universal Design for Learning practices

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Second-grade classrooms at Ixonia Elementary are exploring Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices.

Other grades and classrooms around the district are incorporating UDL into their work, but there are some things that are unique to 2nd grade at Ixonia. For example, we are the youngest grade to be piloting UDL practices. If you visit our classrooms, you will observe how we’ve created open spaces in our homerooms. This was very important because we co-teach all subjects, and we wanted to make sure there was enough room to comfortably fit 40 students.

CSU faculty support more inclusive learning environments

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Three CSU faculty have published their research on more inclusive learning environments in a new book chapter in the highly respected Universal Design in Higher Education, 2nd edition.

Universal design for learning is a set of principles that help instructors create inclusive learning environments accessible to students with disabilities and others with diverse learning needs.