Teaching Inclusively From Day One

January 8, 2024, 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, Instructors, Post-Doctoral Students
Part of series: 

Tara MasonCreating a learning environment that includes and supports all students can be challenging. Although inclusion and diversity are important to all of us, professional development can provide lots of great ideas but not sure how to integrate them into your content and teaching. 

In this session, we will consider a few principles of inclusive teaching related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that you can implement in your pedagogy. The goal of UDL is to develop “expert learners” and this session will provide an overview of this concept and opportunity for discussion related to how expert learning looks in your content area. 

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • What? Inclusive Teaching using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • Why? The brain & UDL 

  • Discussion Topics related to developing expert learners 

    • Purposeful and motivated

    • Resourceful and knowledgeable 

    • Strategic and goal-directed 

This session will run for 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for questions. This session will be held via Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom link. 

➡️ Register for this event here!⬅️

***Registration for this session will close one hour before the session***

Unable to join us for this workshop? Check the RTL events calendar for future offerings of this workshop. Engage with our asynchronous offerings on this topic: Inclusive Teaching Guide or receive customized assistance by emailing teaching@berkeley.edu, or by scheduling a consultation

Tara Mason, Ph.D. is part of the RTL organization and serves as the Universal Design for Learning Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she served as Assistant Professor of Inclusive Education, Program Coordinator, and interim Co-Director of the Education Department at Western Colorado University. She has over 20 years of experience working in K-12 as a special and general education teacher, coach, and interventionist. Her research primarily focuses on Universal Design for Learning, writing, promoting equity and inclusion, assistive technology, trauma-informed instruction, mentoring, and special education teacher preparation. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading novels, biking, and traveling.


Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL)

Series description

Explore the transformative potential of inclusive teaching through our workshop series. This series offers a comprehensive guide to designing equitable and engaging classrooms that cater to the diverse needs of all students. Gain practical insights into implementing inclusive pedagogical strategies and techniques that foster an inclusive learning environment.