POPARD Conference 2019


   A Universal Design model for Classroom Intervention

Grounded in research on the neuroscience of social competence, the SEE-KS framework, developed by Emily Rubin and Jennifer Townsend, helps us understand neuropsychological differences and design and implement instructional strategies. Jen will describe a teacher-friendly approach to support the social-emotional and communication development of all students in the classroom. Participants will leave the session with an action plan to implement in their own setting.

   Our Speaker, Jen Townsend

Jennifer C. Townsend, M.Ed., is an Educational Consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences. She has extensive experience working in collaboration with school districts to build capacity for educating students with ASD and related disabilities within public and private school settings.
Jennifer has particular expertise in classroom and systems change, supporting educators to implement new practices via appreciative inquiry, coaching, and universal design for learning.
She is the co-author of Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) with Emily Rubin, M.S. CCC-SLP. Jennifer is skilled at presenting high quality knowledge in a manner that educators, families and other community members can learn and apply within their daily contexts.


Morning Topics:
1. Research on the neuroscience of social competence
2. Scope and sequence of skill development
3. SEE-KS framework to identifying social-emotional learning targets and associated UDL interventions
4. Vignettes, demonstrating how to foster engagement, provide information in multiple ways, and offer a variety of opportunities for expression

Afternoon Session:
1. Development of social-emotional goals and interventions across school environments
2. Appreciative inquiry approach to encourage implementation
3. Implementation plan development


The Westin Wall Centre – Vancouver Airport is in Richmond, BC.

  • Free shuttle to/from YVR
  • Special rate from $179 per night honoured until April 30, 2019

  • POPARD District Partner and Key Contact special rate and registration, click here.

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