CMA’s Inclusive Classroom model integrates Universal Design for Learning and Adaptive Design.
A practitioner with inclusive practices respects the many ways children experience and make art across museum programs both on and off-site. Inclusive directives create opportunities that expose children to the choices an artist makes, as well as various processes and methods used in the creation of art. At the heart of all inclusive initiatives is socialization.
Universal Design for Learning and Adaptive Design are pedagogies that support independence and accessibility to Project-Based Learning, as well as promote the inclusion of various learning styles. Teaching Artists should first plan for the many ways students can access information, learn from, and make choices when designing directives. Teaching Artists should also be prepared to make adaptations to the needs of their community of students which may include designing tools for supporting socialization, independent executive functioning and overcoming physical barriers. Developing a flexible Tool Kit of teaching practices will help to sustain your Inclusive Classroom Model in any setting including private lessons, classroom, public and community programs. Each Artist brings a unique perspective to teaching that benefits all children who are invited to the experience.
Watch the Video: “DIY Adaptive Art-Making Tools“ featuring Kirsten McNally, former Director of Museum Programming, which includes tips on how to think about materials to promote Universal Design for Learning and use creative adaptive tools that serve your students’ needs.