Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Including Every Student: Workshop series for parents and educators

Blackboard with chalk and duster. Title text reads "Including every student: Workshop for parents and educators"

Start: Thu 21 Mar, 2024 15:30 End: Thu 11 Apr, 2024 17:30

Location: Online, via Zoom


This free series consists of two standalone workshops by Loren Swancutt, an Australian School Inclusion Consultant.Accredited program TQI 2024

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Thursday, 21 March 2024
  • Planning for personalised learning – Thursday, 11 April 2024

You can register for free and attend one or both sessions. A short-term recording will be available after the event, but you’ll get the most from the sessions by attending live.

The workshop is TQI-accredited for ACT educators (jump to the bottom of the page for accreditation details).

These events are free, thanks to grant funding from the Australian Department of Social Services.

Workshop 1: Universal Design for Learning

  • Thursday, 21 March 2024
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm AEDT
  • Timezone alert: Canberra is observing Australian Eastern Daylight Time on 21 March
  • Online via Zoom
  • This is a free event thanks to funding from the Department of Social Services

Discover how Universal Design for Learning can support the inclusion of students with disability in the classroom.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a teaching framework that promotes educational inclusion. It’s an approach that helps teachers remove barriers to learning by offering flexible ways of teaching. This allows all students access and make progress in learning.

In this workshop, Loren will

  • introduce the UDL framework and its main components
  • demonstrate how to implement UDL in the classroom. You’ll see examples of lessons and assessments that are designed for everyone.
  • provide tips for parents to work with teachers to apply UDL principles and help their children succeed.

Register to attend one or both sessions

Workshop 2: Planning for personalised learning

  • Thursday, 11 April 2024
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm AEST
  • Timezone alert: Canberra is observing Australian Eastern Standard Time on 11 April.
  • Online via Zoom
  • This is a free event thanks to funding from the Department of Social Services

Learn how to identify and plan for personalised learning to maximise student outcomes and well-being.

Planning for personalised learning is an essential aspect of inclusive education provision. It’s a process that supports schools to maximise students’ learning outcomes and well-being.

The planning process focuses on providing access to and participation in high-quality education so that all students are

  • included in the regular curriculum alongside peers
  • empowered to contribute and learn across all schooling experiences.

In this session, Loren will

  • review the purpose of personalised learning, including the link to the requirements of the Disability Standards for Education (DSE)
  • explain inclusive practices
  • share examples of developing personalised learning plans
  • provide examples of helpful learning plans and
  • share links to recommended resources and follow-up readings.

Register to attend one or both sessions

What parents and educators have said about Loren’s past workshops

“Empowering… providing valuable information to help guide you through what might otherwise be difficult conversations with teachers and principals to achieve better outcomes for our child’s learning journey.”

  • Family member

“Exceptional, great content, varied presentation, video, some interaction and Q&A opportunity”

  • Educator

“Informative, thought-provoking, relevant and current”

  • Educator

“Easily digested basic information that is totally relevant and helpful when creating Learning Plans”

  • Educator

About Loren Swancutt

Portrait of Loren Swancutt

  • Consultant, School Inclusion
  • Co-founder and National Convenor, School Inclusion Network for Educators (SINE)
  • Co-founder and Board Chair of Inclusive Educators Australia (IEA)
  • Doctoral candidate at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Research student member of the Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE)

Loren is an accomplished classroom teacher and school leader committed to advancing inclusive education in Australia. She has been a teacher and school leader in primary and secondary school settings. She designed and led successful whole-school inclusive reform at a complex and challenging high school.

Loren has advised at a system level to enhance the capabilities of school leaders and teachers to create more inclusive schools across both Catholic and government school systems.

Loren is highly regarded for her innovative work in

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • inclusive curriculum provision, and
  • instructional practices that support students with complex learning profiles.

Register to attend one or both sessions

Up to four hours of accredited TQI Professional Learning for ACT Educators

Accredited program TQI 2024
This workshop series has been accredited according to the AITSL Teacher Standards across Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers:
1. Know students and how they learn
  • 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and  characteristics of students
  • 1.2 Understand how students learn
  • 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific  learning needs of students across the full range of  abilities
  • 1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students  with disability

3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

  • 3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
  • 3.3 Use teaching strategies
  • 3.4 Select and use resources

4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

  • 4.1 Support student participation

6. Engage in  professional  learning

  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • 6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

  • 7.3 Engage with the parents/carers
  • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and  broader communities