Steps to collaboration in UDL: Teachers and education assistants
Professional collaboration is essential in the workplace to facilitate the sharing and growing of ideas. This project explores the importance of professional collaboration between teacher and education assistant when creating a universally designed learning environment. By examining the question ‘How can collaboration and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provide clarity and support EAs in their work within classrooms and with individual students?”, this project guides teachers and EAs in building knowledge and confidence of the principles and application of UDL, while also effectively co-constructing a collaborative culture to enrich student’s engagement in inclusive settings. Specifically, this project describes the UDL framework and its role in supporting students K-12, presents the imperative for professional collaboration in schools, discusses the barriers to effective collaboration, and provides suggestions for successful collaboration. While navigating this guidebook, teachers and EAs cultivate an understanding of the importance and effectiveness of collaboration in inclusive classrooms and learn effective strategies to enhance student success. This guidebook allows teachers and EAs to work through content in meaningful ways, create a common language around collaboration, develop shared expectations for support, learn effective communication strategies, and provide choice for all students.