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

Sarah Humphreys

We are very excited to welcome Sarah to the Get That Good Life! conference. Sarah will be talking about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Scaffolding to support effective Inclusive Education.

About Sarah

Portrait of Sarah HumphreysSarah Humphreys is an inclusion consultant and co-founder of Inclusive Schools Australia. She is passionate about developing and promoting curriculum access for all. Sarah promotes the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to achieve this goal.

She presented at the UDL Implementation and Research Network, USA on how the principles of UDL were applied to the development of the Australian Curriculum. She now works with schools supporting its implementation.

Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from London University.

Sarah’s Presentations

Don’t Settle for “Doing Something Else”

An introduction to the concept that students can learn the same thing in different ways

  • Inclusive Education
  • Pre-conference webinar
  • Monday, October 18 – details TBA

About this webinar

This webinar will explore how going about the same learning activity in a different way is very different from being given “something else” to do. It will be an interactive webinar, so participation and questions are encouraged.

According to the Disability Standards of Education, every child has the right to access and participate in teaching, learning and assessment experiences on the same basis as their peers. But what does this look like in reality? As a parent, how do you make sure it’s happening for your child? As a teacher, how do you make sure you are providing it for your students?

Many children with disability have individual learning goals. These are often formalised into an Individual Education Plan. As a result, the student often ends up doing different work than their classmates. Sarah will share examples of how these personal goals can instead help provide access to the same learning as the rest of the class. In this section, the audience will be invited to share their own experiences. The goal is for participants to feel confident to not settle for “doing something else”.

Sarah will explore the practical implications of this topic during her conference presentation.

Translating High Expectations into Quality Education

Problem-Solving with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework

  • Inclusive Education
  • Conference Presentation, Day 2
  • Thursday, October 28 – Details TBA

About this presentation

High expectations in the classroom start with the belief that

  • all children can learn
  • every child has the right to access the same learning as their classmates.

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework is based on research into

  • how the brain learns (neuroscience) and
  • how we teach (pedagogy).

Every brain is unique, like a thumbprint. Therefore a UDL mindset expects every learner to be different and plans for it. Educators must prepare for the many ways their students can acquire and demonstrate their understanding of the same learning goal. The classroom teacher no longer needs to give selected students a different learning goal. This approach promotes high expectations and shifts from a ‘can’t do’ to a ‘can do’ mindset.

We will use UDL-inspired questions during this interactive presentation to model a problem-solving approach that could work for you.

This presentation is relevant for students, parents, educators and therapists. It emphasises the importance of working in partnership to design and deliver quality education based on high expectations.

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