int(17) int(8) ESEA Video On Demand National ESEA Association
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Universally Designing a Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Literacy Lesson

In this workshop, participants will learn about and apply concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Teaching (CLRT), and the Social Justice Standards to the design of an inclusive literacy development lesson plan. A lesson planning template, that was built upon the guidelines of UDL, CLRT, Social Justice, and Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) will be shared, unpacked, and used a framework for developing language arts lessons that will address historical inequities in literacy development, as well as current gaps in learning due to the pandemic. Participants will be invited to recommit to providing equitable access to literacy, renew their efficacy in reaching every student everyday, and reimagine how they intentionally design literacy lessons.

This talk was presented at:
2022 National ESEA Conference
February 2022 in New Orleans, LA
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Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca Harrison is the Academic Interventions Coordinator for Orange County Department of Education. She has been an educator for 16 years as an elementary school teacher and instructional coach in diverse educational settings including Title 1, high SES, and special education and has had a vast amount of experience in differentiated instruction for second language students, students with special needs, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and uncategorized underachieving students. She carries a B.A. in Child Development, an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Educational Psychology and Critical Pedagogy.

Audra Mesa

Audra Mesa, the Literacy and Language Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, works with educators and school districts to support their efforts in literacy, foundational skills, and English language development. With over twenty years of experience, Audra is passionate about people, equity, and professional learning. She is especially inspired by the work of instructional coaching as job-embedded professional development and a powerful tool to shift instructional practices. Her work as a teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach has given her classroom experience, knowledge of instructional strategies, and a real talent for making connections with others. She carries a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and an M.A.Ed. in Reading Instruction with a Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential from Loyola Marymount University.