Effective Ideas and Strategies for Teaching Students with Special Needs

Presented by: Karen Underwood

Event Information: 6 PD Hours           Satisfying VIT's Special Needs Plan

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Workshop description:
• The workshop will show how innovation in provision for teachers of students with disabilities has altered perception and practice about how students with a cognitive impairment learn.
• It will outline the ABLES research, the development of the assessment tools, the curriculum and the pedagogical advice that makes up the ABLES suite.
 • The ABLES curriculum innovation is a first for Australia, and a real opportunity to include students with disabilities and additional learning needs in a curriculum continuum.
• It also responds to the Disability Discrimination Standards for Education responsibility to provide opportunities for all students to learn on the same basis as their peers.


Event Details:



March 16th, 2017

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)
Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

  The target audience for this workshop is primary, secondary and special schools,… across all years prep to 10, aimed at teachers/teacher assistants and school leaders
  $279 (+GST)

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About the Presenter

Karen Underwood is the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Manager, Participation, Achievement and Transitions. She worked with University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education’s team to develop new assessment practices for students with disabilities and extend these to all Victorian schools via the ABLES materials. Karen led research into the development of curriculum that recognizes the learning of all students.  In the past she has been a teacher, curriculum writer and high-stakes test developer.