Award: Fulbright Irish Scholar Award
Institution: National Council of Curriculum and Assessment
Dr Margaret Flood is the Education Officer for Inclusive Education and Diversity at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Her experience in inclusive and special education includes teaching, teacher professional learning design and delivery, policy development and curriculum design. Margaret’s research interests include contextual dimensions and the role of teachers in inclusive policy and practice enactment, teacher engagement with professional learning for inclusion, interpretations of educational language, student voice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). As a Fulbright Scholar, Margaret will use the resources available to her at Boston College and CAST to identify system requirements for UDL enactment in Ireland. Margaret will also participate in school outreach programmes facilitated by the School of Education and engage with students undertaking education programmes at Boston College. Upon returning to Ireland, Margaret will continue her work to design and critically examine a framework to enact UDL in Ireland. She recently created #UDLchatIE on Twitter, Ireland’s first dedicated space for chatting about all things Universal Design for Learning.