UDL MODEL SITE VISITS
Great Seneca Creek Elementary, Montgomery County Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
13010 Dairymaid Dr., Germantown, MD 20874
Great Seneca Creek Elementary School is the 6th largest Montgomery County (MCPS) elementary school. It is a Technology Focus School with a wireless campus. It was the first LEED Certified School in the State of Maryland in 2007. Great Seneca Creek Elementary School uses a home school inclusion model, and includes program support for English Language Learners, for students with speech/language needs, and for students with emotional disabilities.
Great Seneca Creek Elementary School successfully applied to become a UDL school as part of a grant demonstration project in the 2011 – 2012 school year. Implementation began with the development of a UDL Leadership Professional Learning Community (PLC) to drive school-wide implementation. Staff members applied and were selected by the principal and the district-level UDL support team. Selection was based on the applicants’ willingness and ability to participate in structured professional learning, to allow classroom visits to measure implementation and impact, and to serve as UDL leaders.
Since that initial year of the UDL Leadership PLC, implementation of UDL has expanded across the school, is integrated into their school culture, and is a cornerstone of their formal School Improvement Plan. Growth of UDL within the school has been facilitated through strong and consistent principal support, most currently with Mr. Scott Curry. Strong leadership of the PLC, initially by the school media specialist Lisa Norris and now fourth grade teacher Nicole Saltzman, has been instrumental in accelerating whole school implementation.
Great Seneca Creek has hosted several UDL observations for other school staff and district leaders. Several Great Seneca Creek staff members have presented on UDL though face-to-face trainings, webinars and workshops at the district and state level. Great Seneca Creek continues to serve as one of more than 20 model sites for UDL within MCPS. See, firsthand, classrooms that teach with UDL-in-mind and talk with staff about how they brought UDL to scale in their school.