Educators from school divisions across western Manitoba are converging at Brandon University today for a two-day workshop on new ways to help early years students with literacy, multimedia and numbers.
Cam Symons, with BU’s faculty of education and one of the conference organizers, said participants will learn how to develop a more inclusive approach that engages all children, especially those challenged by current teaching techniques.
“We will explore frameworks and models which help students to think deeply about words and numbers, and better communicate their thoughts, feelings and solutions,” Symons said.
Nationally known education consultant Jennifer Katz, with the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba and founder of the Manitoba Alliance for Universal Design for Learning, will be chief facilitator. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning.”
Nearly 200 educators from a dozen school divisions will take part in the event, sponsored by BU’s Student Chapter of the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children.
The conference takes place today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in BU’s Main Dining Hall.