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FET Summer School

How Universal Design for Learning can save you time and energy

This is a free online 4 day event for FET Practitioners to ensure that none of your precious time and resources are wasted in class.

Dates of online sessions: 13th, 16th, 20th and 23rd July

Times of online sessions : 2pm-3pm

Based on concerns raised by practitioners in The Further Education and Training Sector  in AHEAD’s FET Practitioner Survey on the impact of COVID-19, AHEAD have now launched our first FET Summer School to help any FET Practitioners, spend the limited time and resources they have in the way that will best prepare them to reach the broadest spectrum of learners right now and into the new term.

This event is available to anyone working in The FET Sector at the moment including practitioners, centre managers, QA ETB Staff, course coordinators, learning support staff.

This series will provide free resources and talks over two weeks to address any major challenges or concerns you have around supporting learners including those with disabilities in the upcoming year ahead using UDL thinking.

You will hear directly from FET Practitioners from across the country who have found small and easy steps to reach learners like never before.

This session is hosted by AHEAD and will be guided by Dr Thomas Tobin, US expert in Universal Design for Learning.

This AHEAD Summer School is part of the UDL for FET project commissioned by SOLAS and ETBI. The project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

 FET Summer School Videos

Session 1: Multiple Means of Engagement

Session 2: Multiple Means of Representation

Session 3: Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Session 4: Professional Learning Networks

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will The AHEAD FET Summer School take place?

It will take place online, AHEAD will email you before each session with the link to join the meeting (this will be sent via The AHEAD Zoom account so please check your junk mail in case it goes in there).

When will it take place?

It will take place Monday 13th, Thursday 16th, Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd July. The sessions will take place at 2.00pm each day for 1 hour and there will be reflective exercises to do post session before the next online session.

Who is eligible to attend the sessions?

Any practitioners working in Further Education and Training in Ireland.

How much will it cost?

It's completely free!

What do I need to participate in the sessions?

You will need a device (mobile, laptop, tablet) and a microphone (either inbuilt in the device or on a headset/headphones) with a steady internet connection in a relatively quiet space so that you can interact throughout the sessions.

What is the structure of The FET Summer School?

The AHEAD FET Summer School will involve 4 online sessions which will focus on addressing attendees’ key concerns and challenges about supporting diverse learners, and will also spotlight some of the good practice already taking place in the sector. The sessions will look at strategies based on neuroscience research to help address any key concerns or challenges raised by practitioners.

Can I receive proof of attendance post-event?

This event is non-accredited however, you will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the event.

Do I have to attend all 4 sessions?

It’s preferable to attend all sessions to receive all resources provided and to receive the certificate of attendance at the end of the 4th session.#

Any other questions?

Please email Christine at Christine.hynes@ahead.ie

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