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Wednesday, August 1 • 9:30am - 10:20am
Two-in-one: The Power to Change : Identifying the Actual Barriers & UDL: The Language of Learner Variability

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This session is a two-in-one session.

9:30 - 9:50 AM: The Power to Change : Identifying the Actual Barriers (Steve Smith)
A fundamental shift to improving instruction has been changing the language of teachers when talking about barriers from student-centered to environment centered.

9:50 - 10:10 AM: UDL: The Language of Learner Variability (Neil Albero)
As a field we are passionate about meeting the needs of all learners.  We see education as a human right and a vehicle to creating a just future.  Does our language regarding meeting the needs of all learners and their abilities to meet the challenges of 21st century learning cause barriers to this vision?  This session will provide an entry point for educators to use the language of UDL respecting the variability of all learners and finding barriers that exist in the curriculum, not the learner.

10:10 - 10:20 AM: Time for questions and discussion

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Niel Albero

Implementation Specialst, Sonoma County Office of Education
Niel Albero comes to CAST as a UDL Implementation Specialist, working with school based teams to develop understanding around the UDL framework and customize their experience to their context. As an educator for 20+ years, Niel has worked in Special Education, Middle School Mathematics... Read More →
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Steve Smith

Director of Professional Learning, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Steve Smith is the Director of Professional Learning for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). Steve empowers student and adult learners through the Universal Design of professional learning delivery and planning with schools and districts.

Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
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