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UDL Symposium: 2B. The UDL Educator Pathway

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Live presentation including Q&A

Ako Aotearoa is New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Their aim is to build educator capability for learner success. ‘Manako’ is Ako Aotearoa’s Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability programme. Through the Manako programme they provide a wide range of professional development offerings, including workshops, courses, webinars, resources, research and Communities of Practice.

They've just developed a free self-directed course on UDL for educators who are new, or relatively new, to UDL.

The course includes three collections:

  1. What is UDL, why do we need it and where do we start?
  2. The three principles of UDL.
  3. Putting UDL into practice.

The purpose of the course is to support educators in putting UDL into practice. It’s a step-by-step introduction to UDL, where the UDL principles are ‘unpacked’ and discussed, with examples, activities, and resources.

In this session Annette and Michael demonstrated the course, shared some resources and showed how to access the course.


Annette van Lamoen has a background in working with high-needs learners. She was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she lectured and tutored in adult literacy education and dyslexia.  She was the Manager of New Zealand's National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults and now works for Ako Aotearoa as a Professional Learning and Development Consultant. She is passionate about supporting educators and, by extension, their learners. 

Michael Grawe is an experienced educator and is the Professional Learning Manager for Pathways Awarua (based in Aotearoa New Zealand), where his focus is on literacy and numeracy education. With a Master's Degree in American Literature, Media Studies, and Teaching, Michael has dedicated over 20 years to the education sector, both in Aotearoa and abroad. He has a diverse background, having worked in various roles such as ESOL, Kaiako for Business & Computing, and Advisor for Literacy and Numeracy at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Michael has also made significant contributions as a resource developer, facilitator and professional learning consultant at Ako Aotearoa, hosted by Massey University. As part of his work at Pathways Awarua, he has presented at several conferences, showcasing his expertise and insights on effective literacy and numeracy instruction. Passionate about learner success and whānau transformation through education, Michael understands the power of education in driving positive change. He has been instrumental in supporting the professional development of educators and empowering learners to achieve their goals. With his wealth of experience and dedication to educational excellence, he continues to make a significant impact in the field of literacy and numeracy education.

(September 2023)