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UW-Madison's Bal delivers keynote, workshops at conference in Uruguay

November 03, 2017

UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal delivered a keynote speech at the 10th Foro de Lenguas in Montevideo, Uruguay, organized by the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP).

Aydin Bal
UW-Madison's Aydin Bal delivers a presentation in October
about the Learning Lab methodology in Montevideo,
Bal is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

The meeting took place on Oct. 13-14, and Bal's trip was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. Bal additionally gave a workshop to teachers, researchers and policymakers at the Foro and at a high school, presenting the Learning Lab methodology Bal has developed at UW-Madison. 

The Learning Lab is a problem-solving process through which students, families, educators, policy makers and community members design culturally responsive systems to address disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes. The process is especially designed for those who have been historically excluded from schools’ decision making activities.

“The National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) has been interested in the Learning Lab methodology for adaptive and inclusive implementation of a national curriculum and building capacity in local schools for reciprocal and productive family-school-community collaboration,” Bal said. 

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