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Monday, July 30
 

7:00am EDT

Registration
Monday July 30, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

8:00am EDT

8:45am EDT

Symposium Welcome Session
To view live captions please visit: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CAST

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Director of Professional Learning, CAST, Inc.
As Director of Professional Learning,  Jennifer Levine oversees the design and delivery of products and services related to the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in schools, districts, and states.Jennifer is passionate about teaching students in the margins and sees... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 8:45am - 9:15am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Ability and Opportunity in the Rearview Mirror: Two Insider Perspectives on Inclusive Education
To view live captions please visit: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CAST

The last three decades have seen a huge proliferation of information and research on strategies that can be used to successfully support disabled children in regular classrooms. Most of these strategies, however, have come from educators and other non-disabled people, leaving the perspectives of disabled students either unnoticed or ignored.
In this provocative workshop, filled with humour and personal anecdotes Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift will draw on their experience as two adults with different disabilities who experienced the school system in different ways and with different degrees of success. They will argue that there is an ongoing confusion about the relationship between ability and opportunity that we must grapple with in order to ensure that inclusive education truly lives up to its promise.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Van der Klift

Emma Van der Klift

Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and... Read More →
avatar for Norman Kunc

Norman Kunc

Presenter, ABC
Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

10:15am EDT

Morning Stretch
Break food will be available in the hallway outside of the main classroom 

Monday July 30, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am EDT
Milstein Hallway, 2nd Floor (Outside of the Main Classroom)

10:30am EDT

Two-in-one: Empowering Learners through Transition-Focused Education & AEMing for Student Empowerment with Digital Technologies
This session is a two-in-one session.

10:30 - 10:50 AM: Empowering Learners through Transition-Focused Education (Cynthia Curry)
This session will emphasize the role of learner empowerment in the process of preparing students for continuous learning through K-12 and beyond.
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Higher Ed, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

10:50 - 11:10 AM: AEMing for Student Empowerment with Digital Technologies (Luis Perez)
Learn how to design digital content for accessibility and compatibility with the latest technologies available to today’s empowered learners.
PPT Presentation
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies;Special Education/Inclusion, Technology

11:10 - 11:20 AM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Curry

Cynthia Curry

Project Director, CAST
Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) and Co-Director of the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems. Related to AEM, she is responsible for ensuring that the Center meets its goal to increase the... Read More →
avatar for Luis Perez

Luis Perez

Technical Assistance Specialist, St. Petersburg, FL
Luis Perez is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.  He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.  He was selected as an Apple Distinguished... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

10:30am EDT

Applications of UDL: From classroom to lecture hall
Providing examples of UDL with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (K-12) and Course Management Systems (college) will prepare participants for empowerment.

TAGS: ELL, Higher Ed, K-12, Online Learning

Speakers
avatar for Deborah A. Chapin

Deborah A. Chapin

Lecturer, University at Albany, SUNY
Deborah Chapin holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Methodology and has taught in higher education for 13 years. Dr. Chapin has engaged in research and evaluation of online education and human services programs for over 18 years. One of her major studies focused on children's... Read More →
avatar for Laura R. Ficarra

Laura R. Ficarra

Laura R. Ficarra, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Statistical Methodology and has a Master’s degree in Special Education.  She has taught for several years in the K-12 sector as well as eight years in the college arena through the teacher preparation programs... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 3018

10:30am EDT

Creating a Culture for UDL
G.R.E.A.T., Goals - Roles - Expectations - Attitude - Tools - will develop capacity for leaders to bring about cultural improvements in their organizations.

TAGS: Administrators, Design Thinking, Implementation

Speakers
avatar for Ron Davis

Ron Davis

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Mt. Lebanon School District
Dr. Ron Davis serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for the Mt. Lebanon School District in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Mt. Lebanon School District is recognized nationally for high academic performance, educational innovation, and operational ingenuity... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 2009

10:30am EDT

UDL to support your core values about learning
In this session we will share stories that highlight how UDL can empower your design to support your core values about learning. Become empowered to design for inclusion and high expectations across any discipline.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Posey

Allison Posey

Senior Content Editor and Producer, CAST
Allison Posey is a national leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 2012

10:30am EDT

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning: Addressing the Variability of All Learners
We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations, such as the Common Core State Standards. In this introductory session participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.
 
Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will gain:
  • A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments
  • Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units
  • Strategies on how to improve classroom practice and school culture by raising awareness of variability and UDL
  • Access to and tips on using flexible instructional tools such as CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools:  UDL Exchange, Science Writer, and UDL Connect

Speakers
avatar for Niel Albero

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 →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:20pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

11:30am EDT

How and When to Teach UDL to Pre-Service Educators
I'd like to facilitate a conversation with teacher education faculty about how best we can support pre-service teachers/interns to understand and use Universal Design for Learning right from the start. What would it take (my favorite question...) for a new teacher to begin teaching using the UDL Guidelines as a habit of mind from the beginning of his/her career?

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Ed, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro

Faculty, Elementary Education and Youth Development Department, Plymouth State University
I am a teacher and I think I have been looking for UDL my whole life. I began as a self-contained special education teacher, who learned in one year that "mainstreaming" is a toxic model that teaches children that belonging is conditional and something that must be earned. In response... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

11:30am EDT

UDL and Professional Noticing: Waking up to Mindful Teaching and Learning
Understanding UDL principles while practicing mindfulness, empowers educators to awaken to conducive learning conditions, reducing barriers, allowing success for ALL.

TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Diversity, Higher Ed, Implementation, K-12, Rural Education, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Martha Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Martha Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, College of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, Morehead State University
Associate Professor of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, College of Education Graduate School Morehead State University, Morehead KY; introduced to UDL over 20 years ago in Texas, as an Education Specialist for the Texas Education Agency... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm EDT
WCC 3018

11:30am EDT

Rich cultures of thinking in a Universally Designed Environment
Learners will identify the forces that comprise a culture of thinking and describe how they relate to the UDL Framework.

TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Diversity, Implementation, K-12

Speakers
avatar for Megan Marie Van Fossan

Megan Marie Van Fossan

Superintendent, Ringgold School District
Ms. Megan Van Fossan has been involved in education for over 25 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from The Ohio State University.  Ms. Van Fossan earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and a Masters in Secondary... Read More →
avatar for Erica Kolat

Erica Kolat

Superintendent, McGuffey School District
Dr. Erica Kolat is Superintendent of McGuffey School District, which is located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. She has led the district wide Universal Design for Learning implementation, which started three years ago. With 20 years of experience in teaching and administration... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm EDT
WCC 2009

11:30am EDT

New Students; New Questions: Supporting the Classroom Teacher in an Inclusive School
As an increasing number of students with disabilities are being included into regular classes, there is growing consensus among teachers about what supports need to be in place for inclusion to be manageable and successful.
Based on personal experience and the input of classroom teachers throughout North America, Emma Van der Kliftand Norman Kunc examine five areas of support which need to be present if teachers are to welcome students with disabilities into their classrooms: 
- Information
- Collaborative Planning 
- Shared Agreement on Goals and Expectations 
- Classroom and School Based Supports 
- Classroom Assistants 
This session also addresses the question of fair and appropriate evaluation and briefly describes some ideas for supporting students with atypical or disruptive behaviour.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Van der Klift

Emma Van der Klift

Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and... Read More →
avatar for Norman Kunc

Norman Kunc

Presenter, ABC
Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm EDT
WCC 2012

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Re-thinking Teaching Tech: a Blended Google Apps Unit
Resources and tips will be provided to replicate a blended learning/UDL Unit on G Suite for Education (Docs, Slides, Drawings and Sites) that focuses on allowing students to work at their own pace.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Design Thinking, Online Learning, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Draayer

Stephanie Draayer

Palmer Lake Elementary Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at Palmer Lake Elementary - Osseo Area Schools. Half of my job is instructing Technology classes as a specialist, and half of my day is spent working on professional development and coaching and collaborating with teachers. I spent my first... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: UDL in Africa
Universal Design for Learning in the International Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP).

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Diversity, Higher Ed, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Elvis Agah

Elvis Agah

President, School of Design & Technology
Elvis Agah is a Software Engineer with a pure passion to help develop the talents of children and young people in the areas of Technology and Art. He is a Co-founder of the School of Design and Technology, the institution that birthed the International Technology and Entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Osae	Djan

Daniel Osae Djan

Vice Chancellor & Head of Research Dpt., School of Design Technology


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Using Canvas LMS to Create Expert Learners
In this session participants will see how they can make materials and expectations accessible to all learners allowing them to choose their path to mastery.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Implementation, Online Learning, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Teacher/Instructional Coach, School District of Sheboygan Falls
I am a Social Studies teacher and Instructional Coach at Sheboygan Falls High School. We are in our third year of UDL implementation and this was our first year using Canvas LMS. Working with teachers, we created UDL Unit Exemplars as a way to empower learners and create examples... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
Lunch will be available in the hallway outside of the main classroom 

Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Milstein Hallway, 2nd Floor (Outside of the Main Classroom)

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Become a College STAR: Implementing UDL In Higher Education
This presentation will describe College STAR, a national technical assistance project through which participating universities collaborate to learn about creating welcoming environments for students with learning differences. Participants will have an opportunity to join STAR Learning Communities and submit proposals which can result in incentive funding

TAGS: Higher Ed, Implementation, Technology, UDL Research

Speakers

Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Categorizing Emotions - From Theory to Student Perspectives
In this interactive poster I will show animated data visualizations that demonstrate the history of how researchers categorize emotions on the dimension of valence. In this interactive poster we can view how the same data can be interpreted in different ways by altering our theoretical perspective. It is a trip!

TAGS: Design Thinking, Diversity, Higher Ed, International, Online Learning, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Garron Hillaire

Garron Hillaire

Graduate Student, The Open University
I first heard about UDL in David Rose's course while doing an Ed.M. at HGSE when taking his course on the topic. After completing the masters I joined CAST and worked there as an educational software architect for 4 years. During this time I contributed to technical implementations... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Engaging Faculty to Empower Learners
Ideas to engaging Faculty to adopt principles of UDL framework in their curriculum to empower learners

TAGS: Higher Ed, Implementation

Speakers
avatar for Carolee Clyne

Carolee Clyne

Open Education Advisor, BCcampus
Carolee has been supporting faculty in higher education for over 25 years in a variety of roles including computer, library systems, web support, instructional design and registrar systems. Carolee recently completed her PhD exploring how to engage faculty from disciplines such as... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Emerson

Cheryl Emerson

College of New Caledonia
avatar for Catherine Whalen

Catherine Whalen

University of Northern British Columbia


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Increasing Awareness of UDL at Messiah College
We will discuss our background, approach, evaluation, lessons learned, resources/references. Takeaway: one actionable idea for raising awareness of UDL.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Online Learning

Speakers
avatar for Rocky Allinger

Rocky Allinger

Instructional Designer, Messiah College
Instructional designer and #EdTech enthusiast
avatar for Cindi Kerns

Cindi Kerns

Instructional Designer, Messiah College
Passionate about teaching, learning and technology. Interested in learning more about universal design best practices.


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: UDL: Empowering Learners through Language
Teachers, knowing their learners, recognize when to use language as a support to empower them socially, emotionally, and academically.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Urban Education, Empowering Learners through Language

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Granquist-Steinhauer

Dr. Susan Granquist-Steinhauer

University of St. Francis
My career in education has included teaching grades 2, 6, and 8 in elementary district settings, serving as Special Services Coordinator implementing Co-Teaching, and in a local university, teaching special education courses in the Master’s program. In 2004, I heard David Rose... Read More →
avatar for Laura Klima

Laura Klima

Teacher, Grand Prairie Elementary, PSD202
As a K-5 Reading Specialist and as a 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade classroom teacher my passion has always been about understanding and educating the whole child. Reading Recovery afforded me the opportunities to learn more about how and when to use language to help accelerate students... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Using UDL to Co-Prepare Secondary and Special Educators
A program redesign focused on UDL to co-prepare secondary and special educators to teach struggling learners within secondary classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Megan Mackey

Dr. Megan Mackey

Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Mackey prepares pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in general and special education settings. Her research interests are wide-ranging. She has conducted research where the framework, methods, and structure are developed in isolation and ‘pitched... Read More →
avatar for Joan Nicoll-Senft

Joan Nicoll-Senft

Director, Central Connecticut State University
Developing and implementing a UDL lesson planning tool that is used across all programs at our university; co-preparation of general and special education teachers to better address the needs of all learners in today's classrooms.


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Accessing Middle School Social Studies Content Using UDL
UDL strategies utilized in middle school social studies classrooms that can be generalized to other content areas and grade levels.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Ed, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Megan Mackey

Dr. Megan Mackey

Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Mackey prepares pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in general and special education settings. Her research interests are wide-ranging. She has conducted research where the framework, methods, and structure are developed in isolation and ‘pitched... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Empowering students for Independent Learning
This session will introduce you to a student centered class utilizing the UDL pedagogy and the Agile project management, Scrum. The combination of these two systems creates a UDL based personalized classroom with clear and effective expectations and time management guidelines. Empower your student’s ability to self manage their time, their work and their cooperative teams!”

TAGS: Design Thinking, Implementation, K-12, Team/group management and communication

Speakers
avatar for Heather Cowap Salemme, MS

Heather Cowap Salemme, MS

Teacher, Groton Dunstable Reg HS
Talk to me about motivating students to learn using UDL designed student centered blended personalized learning enviroments and Scrum to teach executive function for themselves and their groups!


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Mapping One's Digital and Diverse Learning Mindset
Looking Backward to Look Forward - Empowering Our Brains to Transcend Our Behavior Patterns in Our Life Stories

TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Diversity

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Passer

Wendy Passer

Conversational Intelligence® Coach & Partnership Developer, Think Better, LLC
Wendy Passer is a certified Conversational Intelligence® coach who clears obstacles getting in the way of neurodiverse learners' greatness. Wendy is also a 30-year media and marketing veteran who used to spend her time tapping into micro and mass audiences' mindsets. Now she helps... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Personalized Learning in the K-5 Classroom
Personalized learning, the UDL framework, flexible seating and student voice and choice all blend themselves together to equal student engagement and success. Come today prepared to walk away with practical ideas to implement into your classroom tomorrow!

TAGS: Implementation, Technology, Primary Grades

PPT: http://bit.ly/primaryUDL

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Jonason

Sandy Jonason

Teacher, ISD 279
avatar for Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

2nd Grade Teacher, Osseo Area Schools
avatar for Jessica Skolnick

Jessica Skolnick

Teacher, Osseo Area Schools


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Universal Design for Learning in Finland's Teacher Education and "New" Curriculum
Finland's education contains much of UDL already embedded within its curriculum. How is this relevant and helpful for educators worldwide?

Speakers
avatar for Martha Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Martha Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, College of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, Morehead State University
Associate Professor of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, College of Education Graduate School Morehead State University, Morehead KY; introduced to UDL over 20 years ago in Texas, as an Education Specialist for the Texas Education Agency... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Leveraging STEM Competencies for Opportunity Youth Career Engagement
This project builds STEM career engagement through increasing awareness of and identity with STEM competencies for opportunity youth.

TAGS: Diversity, Math, Science, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Alison Driscoll

Alison Driscoll

Alison Driscoll joined cast in 2017 as a Project Manager for the R&D team. She collaborates with Principal Investigators, instructional designers, and developers to ensure the successful execution of R&D projects.Alison’s prior work experience includes supporting the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Hall

Tracey Hall

Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer, CAST
Dr. Tracey Hall conducts research on instructional interventions in reading, writing, literacy in the content areas, and assessment. Her work includes the design and evaluation of instructional approaches and assessment tools. These experiences are applied in the development and... Read More →
avatar for Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston

Research Scientist, CAST
As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities. Sam's primary research focus is on social learning processes and the use of online and blended learning to support... Read More →
avatar for Emma L. Starr

Emma L. Starr

Research Associate, CAST
As a research associate at CAST, Emma contributes to research on how UDL can enhance education for all learners.Emma earned her Master of Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain, and Education program in 2017. She graduated from Skidmore College... Read More →
avatar for Cara Wojcik

Cara Wojcik

Senior User Experience & Instructional Designer, CAST
Cara is a User Experience / Instructional Designer striving to create intuitive experiences for educators and students interfacing with technology in the classroom. Cara began her career as an art educator - teaching visual art to middle school students at a Boston-area public school... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: The Challenges and Success in Learning Universal Design Principles.
This session presents challenges, success, and decisions in selecting UDL as a dissertation topic, which shows the process of learning and empowers diverse learner.

TAGS: Implementation, K-12, Science, UDL Research

Speakers
MA

Maitha Abdullah Binjaweer

Instructional Coach, Almanara Academy School
Specialist in Curriculum Design, Instructional Technology and teacher training (Coaching Digital Learning) Expertise in inquiry instruction, learning community, and clinical intervention. Developed professional training that improved teachers’ skills. Helping educators to... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: The implementation of UDL: A case study
This session will provide valuable information from a case study that explores the implementation phase of UDL in one school. The session will highlight how UDL was leveraged to empower diverse learners. It will also allow participants to consider, discuss, and explore the factors that influence UDL implementation and how it can be used to help provide an equitable learning environment to empower learners.

TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, K-12, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Megan Sénéchal

Megan Sénéchal

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Tracing UDL Pathways in Non-Traditional High-Efficiency Schools
Discussion on the high-efficiency non-traditional schools in a non-inclusive Saudi Arabian society

TAGS: International, Non-traditional High-Efficiency Schools

Speakers
avatar for Asma Batool

Asma Batool

PhD Candidate, McGill University
Asma Batool is a Ph. D. Candidate in Educational and Counselling Psychology in the Human Development stream at McGill University. Her special interests include promoting inclusive education in the Middle-East through UDL-based teachers’ training and professional development programs... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

12:30pm EDT

Poster Session: Incorporating UDL Principles into Graduate Nursing Education
Core information that will be shared include data specifically regarding nursing programs and data regarding students with disabilities. How UDL is utilized to increase access and inclusiveness in non-traditional educational settings.

TAGS: Higher Ed, Online Learning, Nursing

Speakers
avatar for Jill Parker

Jill Parker

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Gardner Webb University
Nursing, Online Education
avatar for Natacha Pierre

Natacha Pierre

University of Illinois College of Nursing


Monday July 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

2:00pm EDT

ACCESS-ABILITY: When Community Engagement is not Enough
This session follows school district leaders as they navigate community engagement in challenging times.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Administrators, Diversity, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Koch

Nancy Koch

Assistant Director of Student Services, Andover Public Schools
Nancy Koch has been a special educator for 40 years. She has advanced degrees in special education and administration. She has taught students with a variety of learning differences in multiple settings; including one of the most ethnically diverse school districts in the United States... Read More →
avatar for Sara Stetson

Sara Stetson

Assistant Superintendent, Andover Public Schools and Rivier University
Dr. Sara Stetson is an award-winning university professor and administrator. She has taught courses in LD, reading, cognition, assessment, diversity, UDL, and research. Dr. Stetson has used the principles of UDL as a framework for thinking about teaching, learning and counseling in... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

2:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Learning Like a Mutant & Visual Evidence in History and Empowering Change
This session is a two-in-one session.

2:00 - 2:20 PM: Learning Like a Mutant (Tom Hanicak)
A learners talents can be used to make deep connections. It’s time to focus on the quality of the connections.
TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Arts, Design Thinking, Diversity, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

2:20 - 2:40 PM: Visual Evidence in History and Empowering Change (Robert Cowherd)
Can teaching history through visual evidence engage authentic student-driven discovery and forge collective action?
TAGS: Design Thinking, Higher Ed, History, Technology

2:40 - 2:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Cowherd

Dr. Robert Cowherd

Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Robert Cowherd, PhD, Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology teaches architectural design studios and various courses in architectural history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His Freshman lecture "Empathy" presents the ethical imperative of architects to serve all... Read More →
avatar for Tom Hanicak

Tom Hanicak

Educational Consultant/Art Therapist, ESC of Northeat Ohio/DVCAC
Tom Hanicak has established a 20-year career steeped in education (administrator, psychologist, instructor), social services (art therapist) and art (filmmaker, painter, illustrator, musician).  In his current role as an educational consultant Tom leads school districts with systemic... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 3018

2:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Student engagement in university: A UDL Pilot Project & UDL in Higher Education: Lessons from the UDL Innovation Studio at Stanford
This session is a two-in-one session.

2:00 - 2:20 PM: Student engagement in university: A UDL Pilot Project (Anna Barrafato)
Concordia University will share findings of a pilot project on UDL and student engagement. Participants will learn how to engage faculty and get buy-in.
TAGS: Administrators, Diversity, Higher Ed, UDL Research

2:20 - 2:40 PM: UDL in Higher Education: Lessons from the UDL Innovation Studio at Stanford (Soung Bae & Nicole Ofiesh)
To describe four research-based design processes that inform how the UDL Innovation Studio will learn from and with students and faculty
TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Ed, Implementation

2:40 - 2:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Soung Bae

Soung Bae

Senior Learning Specialist, Stanford University
Soung Bae is a Senior Learning Specialist at the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford University. Soung's work focuses on facilitating change in the higher education community to design learning environments that meet the needs of all learners. Soung began her education career as a... Read More →
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Anna Barrafato

Disability Accommodation Specialist, Concordia University
Anna Barrafato is a licensed psychologist and a Disability Accommodation Specialist at the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) at Concordia University in Montreal. A part-time faculty member at Concordia University, she has taught courses in inclusive education, educational... Read More →
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Nicole Ofiesh

Director, Schwab Learning Center; Founder and Director, UDL Innovation Studio, Stanford University
Nicole Ofiesh is the Director of the Schwab Learning Center and the UDL Innovation Studio in partnership with CAST at Stanford University. Nicole studies the intersection of learner variance and performance at school and work. With expertise in the neuroscience of learning, she employs... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

2:00pm EDT

How to Go From "0 to Pilot" in 1 Year
This interactive session will demonstrate how one state went from no UDL to a UDL pilot in one year.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Implementation, K-12

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Pusateri

Jennifer Pusateri

Universal Design Consultant, University of Kentucky, CELT
Jennifer Pusateri recently joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) as the organization's Universal Design Consultant. Before arriving at CELT, Pusateri worked for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) where... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2009

2:00pm EDT

UDL to support adult learners!
Universal Design for Learning is a framework to support the variability of ALL learner: adults AND students! Much of our work has been focused on using UDL to design flexible learning environments in PK-higher education environments. This session will highlight the work of state, district, school and classroom leaders who utilize UDL as a decision making and professional learning framework with adult learners as they work toward building equitable access for all students regardless of race, special education status, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, English Language Learner (ELL) status, or socio-economic status.

TAGS: Administrators, Diversity, Implementation

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Berquist

Elizabeth Berquist

Director of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Liz Berquist is currently the Director of Professional Growth for the Baltimore County Public Schools. In this role she designs and deliver professional learning for the district. Prior to this role, Liz served as a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson... Read More →
avatar for Billy Burke

Billy Burke

Chief of Organizational Effectiveness, Baltimore County Public Schools
Mr. Burke is the Chief of Organizational Effectiveness for the Baltimore County Public Schools.
avatar for Nancy Grasmick

Nancy Grasmick

Towson University
avatar for Kathy Kelbaugh

Kathy Kelbaugh

S.T.A.T. Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools
avatar for Nikki Norris

Nikki Norris

Principal, BCPS
Nikki Norris is currently the Principal at Prettyboy Elementary School for Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in Baltimore, Maryland. She served as the Principal at Lansdowne Middle School during the Gates Foundation UDL implementation project as well as the Towson University... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2012

3:00pm EDT

Designing Accessible and Inclusive Learning Environments with UDL
In this dynamic session, participants will marry design thinking as a lens to explore how UDL can deepen meaningful learning experiences for all. Participants will leave the session with a working framework to plan and support high-quality, engaging instructional practices that embody UDL principles.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, ELA, Special Education/Inclusion, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Goldtheait-Fowles

Hillary Goldtheait-Fowles

Assistive Technology Specialist, Regional School Unit 21
Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D. ATP, is the Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk Maine. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England's Graduate Programs in Online Learning, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington. Hillary is a... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 3018

3:00pm EDT

Professional Learning by Design: Empowering Educators through Iterative Co-Design
Learn how CAST is applying an innovative research paradigm called Educational User Experience Design (EdUX) to develop technologies to understand and support teacher learning and instructional needs. EdUX offers a collaborative approach to education research—an approach that acknowledges the valuable perspectives and experiences practitioners bring to the research process by empowering practitioners as co-researchers. This approach is not only changing the way researchers work with practitioners but can also be used by practitioners to improve their practice.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Technology, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Gravel

Jenna Gravel

Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning, CAST
As Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning, Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities.Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Hall

Tracey Hall

Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer, CAST
Dr. Tracey Hall conducts research on instructional interventions in reading, writing, literacy in the content areas, and assessment. Her work includes the design and evaluation of instructional approaches and assessment tools. These experiences are applied in the development and... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Robinson

Kristin Robinson

Instructional Designer/Research Associate, CAST, Inc.
Kristin Robinson is an instructional designer/research associate at CAST. She is interested in using instructional design to acknowledge and empower the diverse priorities among diverse learners. In her work for CAST she has introduced teachers to projects ranging from science notebooks... Read More →
avatar for Emma L. Starr

Emma L. Starr

Research Associate, CAST
As a research associate at CAST, Emma contributes to research on how UDL can enhance education for all learners.Emma earned her Master of Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain, and Education program in 2017. She graduated from Skidmore College... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2009

3:00pm EDT

From Empowered Learners to Empowered Workers: A Roundtable on Workforce Development
The need for developing learning expertise does not end at graduation. To paraphrase Alvin Toffler, the future will belong to “those who can learn, unlearn, and relearn.” In that spirit, CAST is expanding its mission to include a focus on workforce development in order to ensure all youth and adults enjoy equal access to employment and post-school learning opportunities. Join staff from several CAST departments as they explore the state of the field in workforce development, current legislative priorities, funding and collaboration opportunities, and much more.

Informal round-table discussion with brief opening remarks from Sam Johnston, CAST Director of Post-Secondary and Workforce Development

Speakers
avatar for Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston

Research Scientist, CAST
As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities. Sam's primary research focus is on social learning processes and the use of online and blended learning to support... Read More →
avatar for Luis Perez

Luis Perez

Technical Assistance Specialist, St. Petersburg, FL
Luis Perez is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.  He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.  He was selected as an Apple Distinguished... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

3:00pm EDT

From Paint Night to the Classroom: Breaking Barriers
How do DIY Paint Night programs transform novice, first-time painters into artists who can create beautiful works of art? How can we transform students who “can’t” analyze text into critical thinkers? Join this hands-on exploration session to learn how to empower all learners by developing analytical mindsets. Learn how to break down complex analytical tasks into manageable steps so that all students can  access and participate in all content areas.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Arts, ELA

Speakers
avatar for Kasia Derbiszewska

Kasia Derbiszewska

Education Consultant, Learning Key
Kasia Derbiszewska (Kah-shah Der-bih-sheh-ska) is founder of Learning Key Educational Consulting and Development, an organization dedicated to translating educational research into action-oriented strategies. Kasia is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in UDL... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2012

3:00pm EDT

Student Empowerment Dynamic Duo: UDL & Arts Integration
The story of a Baltimore City School’s journey blending UDL with Arts Integration to equitably promote student empowerment.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Arts, Diversity, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion, Urban Education

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Carey

Lisa Carey

Assistant Director, Center for Innovation & Leadership in Special Education, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Lisa Carey is the Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) at Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Lisa was part of the CILSE's first fellowship cohort, where she studied neuroscience, behavior science, school law, and scientific inquiry... Read More →
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Kate Seidl

Reading Specialist/Librarian, City Neighbors Charter School
Talk to me about reading, writing and thinking. Also about school reform, thinking routines and project based learning.


Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

4:00pm EDT

Networking Reception
Please join us outside of the main classroom in the hallway and on the second floor outdoor terrace!

NOTE: If there is rain we will be having the reception in WCC 2036 Milstein East C and in the hallway outside of the main classroom.

Monday July 30, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Milstein Hallway, 2nd Floor (Outside of the Main Classroom)
 
Tuesday, July 31
 

7:45am EDT

8:15am EDT

Morning Welcome
To view live captions please visit: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CAST

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Director of Professional Learning, CAST, Inc.
As Director of Professional Learning,  Jennifer Levine oversees the design and delivery of products and services related to the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in schools, districts, and states.Jennifer is passionate about teaching students in the margins and sees... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 8:15am - 8:30am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

8:30am EDT

Keynote: Putting Real Power Behind Empowerment
To view live captions please visit: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CAST

Every day we see educational resources, read social media posts, and hear conversations that seek to explain how to best make education work for all learners. These resources and conversations are frequently woven together with powerful words like: reimagine, transform, and empower. These words are an inspiring call to action for educators everywhere, but how do we ensure that our conversations move beyond intent and into impact? Join Joni Degner for a look at how to ensure we are leveraging the UDL framework to put real power behind empowerment for every learner.

Speakers
avatar for Joni Degner

Joni Degner

UDL Facilitator, Texthelp
Joni Degner is an internationally recognized professional learning designer, UDL facilitator & co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Joni’s work is driven by her commitment to honoring learner variability & diversity. Joni designs professional learning & resources in UDL, Cultural... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

9:30am EDT

Morning Stretch
Break food will be available in the hallway outside of the main classroom 

Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am EDT
Milstein Hallway, 2nd Floor (Outside of the Main Classroom)

9:45am EDT

Black Panther Power for ALL
The core information shared in this session will provide participants with research and examples of how to empower students to become themselves.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Diversity, Higher Ed, K-12

Speakers
avatar for James-Etta Goodloe, Ed.D.

James-Etta Goodloe, Ed.D.

Founder/CEO, Dr. James-Etta's Consulting Group, LLC
Dr. James-Etta is Founder & CEO of Dr. James-Etta's Consulting Group,LLC. Her agency helps schools, districts & organizations examine implicit and explicit bias in order to go from being blissfully unaware about cultural differences to being sensitive, authentic and fully engaged... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Milstein East C (Section of Main Classroom)

9:45am EDT

Two-in-one: Accessible Preparation, Accessible Implementation: The Role of UDL in Educator Preparation & Designing Induction That Matters Through UDL
This session is a two-in-one session.

9:45 - 10:05 AM: Accessible Preparation, Accessible Implementation: The Role of UDL in Educator Preparation (Heather Duncan)
UDL in Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs): how to infuse UDL into EPPs in a way that facilitates successful K-5 implementation
TAGS: Higher Ed, Implementation

10:05 - 10:25 AM: Designing Induction That Matters Through UDL (Bryan Dean)
1) How do novice teachers understand UDL in context?
2) How we built an induction program infused with UDL concepts?
3) How do novice teachers build their social networks?
4) How UDL empowers novice teachers to build Learner Centered environments.
TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Implementation

10:25 - 10:35 AM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dean

Bryan Dean

Instructional Designer, CAST
Bryan Dean is an Instructional Designer and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 16 years. Bryan has experience designing Professional... Read More →
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Heather Duncan

Coordinator of Clinical Education, University of South Florida
Dr. Heather Duncan is the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. She received her BA in Elementary Education, and her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Florida.  She completed her Ph.D. at... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
WCC 2012

9:45am EDT

Building an Innovation Learning Ecosystem
Come join us as we take a look at how we can use UDL to impact classroom instruction, reduce seat time, move towards mastery-styled advancement, and improve our family and community engagement efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Amend

Greg Amend

ELA Teacher and NH UDL Scholar, Vilas Middle School
As a rural New Hampshire English teacher and the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Scholar, Greg spends half of his time working to connect UDL, competency-based education, curriculum design, family engagement, and career exploration. And... Read More →
avatar for Frank Edelblut

Frank Edelblut

Frank Edelblut, the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education was sworn in as the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education on February 16, 2017. As Commissioner, he oversees the organizational goals of the New Hampshire Department of Education and represents the public interest in the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lane

Mary Lane

Education Consultant, NH Department of Education
Mary Lane is an Education Consultant at the New Hampshire Department of Education. Mary’s responsibilities include her role as the liaison to the implementation of IDEA regarding accessibility and equity for all students, schools, and families. She is the NH NIMAC Coordinator, working... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
WCC 3018

9:45am EDT

Executive Function and Expert Learning: Profiles of Empowered Learners
" What distinguishes humans from other creatures? Both are required to navigate through and across environments each day. As humans; however, there is a much greater complexity within our environment and the way in which we interact with our environment. Fortunately, unlike animals, we have the capacity to utilize higher-order skills that allow us to make the complexity more manageable to navigate.
This session will briefly highlight the underpinnings of executive function and dysfunction, including how to best train skills to optimize performance in and out of the classroom. There will be a focus on youth through adolescence and young adulthood. 
Simulations, case studies, and anecdotes will be shared to establish an understanding of how executive function relates to performance and expert learning. Though executive function is often challenged during adolescence with additional demands are placed upon learners, vulnerabilities may also arise, especially when the complexity of neurocognitive and mental health challenges further compound executive function challenges. Some learners require EF supports built into their working and learning environments, though all can benefit. This session will explore how executive function can impact learning, how to identify ways to support EF needs, as well as strategies to train EF skills for academics and daily tasks."

LINK TO PRESENTATION

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Reid

Alexis Reid

Director of Learning Based Therapies, Boston Child Study Center
Trained at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and Boston College, Alexis has worked in many different educational settings throughout her career. Most recently she taught in the Boston area and is now the Director of Learning Based Services at the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

9:45am EDT

Making Space for Student Voice
Join us for this hands-on maker session to experience the affordances of making and its unique ability to provide inclusive opportunities for students to find their voice, assert their identity, and make learning meaningful. 
Making in education offers multiple points of entry for educators to foster deep student engagement and interest-driven learning. Learning in this context provides students with the opportunity to tinker, problem-solve, design, iterate, and create. It is through these carefully crafted experiences that students learn the content being addressed as well as begin to internalize and own competencies related to self-directed learning, perseverance, dealing with ambiguity, and resilience. Come and experience the wonder and empowerment of learning.

TAGS: Arts, Diversity, ELA, ELL, K-12, Math, Science, Special Education/Inclusion, Technology, Urban Education

Speakers
avatar for Sue Cusack

Sue Cusack

Asst Professor, Dir. Lesley STEAM Learning Lab, Lesley University
Sue Cusack is a faculty at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Education and Director of Lesley STEAM Learning Lab. Her area of expertise is the inclusive use of instructional and assistive technologies in support of student learning. Sue has worked closely with urban school... Read More →
avatar for Jacy Edelman

Jacy Edelman

Assistant Director, Lesley STEAM Learning Lab
As the Assistant Director for Lesley STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley’s Graduate School of Education, Jacy co-facilitates coursework focused on STEAM integration and supports innovative technology integration through several public school partnerships. With a background in creative... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 11:30am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

10:40am EDT

Finding Organization: A Bottom-Up Approach to Executive Function
Participants will learn an empowering, bottom-up approach to organizing that encourages critical thinking and honors individuals' process and ideas.
TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, K-12

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart

I am a speech-language pathologist specializing in the impact of executive function challenges on reading and writing.  Ten years ago, I opened a private practice to focus on the organization and language needs of students who resist typical, top-down executive function instruction... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
WCC 3018

10:40am EDT

Journey Mapping in Education: Using storytelling and visualization to empower all learners
Come and learn about journey mapping, a technique that utilizes the powerful instruments of storytelling and visualization to help research and design teams understand user experiences and needs over time. CAST is adapting this tool to educational contexts, in our work designing educational environments and tools, in design thinking workshops for educators, and as a research tool in collaboration with participants, giving them voice and agency in the process and serving as a mechanism for self-reflection on their own teaching and learning processes. In this demonstration session, you will see the technique in action and then try it out, leaving empowered to use it within your own contexts.

TAGS: Design Research, Co-design, Journey Mapping, Inclusive Practices

Speakers
avatar for Kim Ducharme

Kim Ducharme

Director of Educational User Experience Design, CAST
Kim Ducharme heads up Educational User Experience Design at CAST, and works in education research and development to design learning experiences that embrace learner variability and leverage technology to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for... Read More →
avatar for Patti Ganley

Patti Ganley

instructional designer/media producer, CAST
Patti Ganley works as an instructional designer and media producer in CAST's R&D department collaborating with teachers, designers, programmers, researchers, and students to find creative solutions to learning challenges. She draws on the diversity of her experiences in the education... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Kent

Kevin Kent

Instructional Designer and Research Associate, CAST
As an Instructional Designer and Research Associate, Kevin works to design accessible educational technologies and curricula by understanding user needs and applying the latest research from the learning sciences. A former high school teacher and an individual with a reading disability... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Sell

Cassandra Sell

Senior Interaction Designer, CAST
Before joining CAST in 2015 as Senior Interaction Designer, Cassandra Sell worked with WGBH Digital in Brighton, MA as the lead digital designer on a variety of initiatives for both child and adult audiences.At WGBH she worked closely with producers, content creators, and web developers... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
Milstein East C (Section of Main Classroom)

10:40am EDT

The UDL Progression Rubric: The Ultimate Tool For UDL Improvement
Have you ever introduced UDL to a colleague and heard the response, "Oh, yeah, I'm already doing it...." [insert gasp]. In this session, educators will have an opportunity to review and reflect on a UDL implementation rubric that shows what the Guidelines look like in the different phases of UDL implementation, including integration, scaling, and optimizing. UDL isn't something to do, it's a journey that we take until every student is successful. In this universally designed, hopping workshop, everyone will have an opportunity to self-assess their practice and create a strategy for professional growth based on the rubric. Don't miss it!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kristan Rodriguez

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez

Founder and CEO, Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency, LLC.
Dr. Kristan Rodriguez is the Founder of the Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency, LLC (RECA). RECA specializes in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) training, state department consultation, and educational consultation to schools and private industry. Dr. Rodriguez travels across... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
WCC 2012

10:40am EDT

Two-in-one: Understanding Multiple Emotional Perspectives in Open World Learning & The Accessibility of Online Courses in Open World Learning
This session is a two-in-one session.

10:30 - 10:50 AM: Understanding Multiple Emotional Perspectives in Open World Learning (Garron Hillaire)
This session examines how to empower students through emotional communication in international online collaborative classrooms
TAGS: Design Thinking, Diversity, Higher Ed, International, Online Learning, UDL Research

10:50 - 11:10 AM: The Accessibility of Online Courses in Open World Learning (Francisco Iniesto)
* Francisco will be present virtually
This session highlights the need to incorporate greater access in Online Courses, an effective open environment should consider the learner’s abilities
TAGS: Design Thinking, Diversity, Higher Ed, International, Online Learning, UDL Research

11:10 - 11:20 AM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Garron Hillaire

Garron Hillaire

Graduate Student, The Open University
I first heard about UDL in David Rose's course while doing an Ed.M. at HGSE when taking his course on the topic. After completing the masters I joined CAST and worked there as an educational software architect for 4 years. During this time I contributed to technical implementations... Read More →
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Francisco Iniesto

I have used UDL in my accessibility audit for massive open online courses, developing the framework for this HE online environment in terms of evaluation as part of my PhD


Tuesday July 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Re-thinking Teaching Tech: a Blended Google Apps Unit
Resources and tips will be provided to replicate a blended learning/UDL Unit on G Suite for Education (Docs, Slides, Drawings and Sites) that focuses on allowing students to work at their own pace.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Design Thinking, Online Learning, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Draayer

Stephanie Draayer

Palmer Lake Elementary Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at Palmer Lake Elementary - Osseo Area Schools. Half of my job is instructing Technology classes as a specialist, and half of my day is spent working on professional development and coaching and collaborating with teachers. I spent my first... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: UDL in Africa
Universal Design for Learning in the International Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP).

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Diversity, Higher Ed, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Elvis Agah

Elvis Agah

President, School of Design & Technology
Elvis Agah is a Software Engineer with a pure passion to help develop the talents of children and young people in the areas of Technology and Art. He is a Co-founder of the School of Design and Technology, the institution that birthed the International Technology and Entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Osae	Djan

Daniel Osae Djan

Vice Chancellor & Head of Research Dpt., School of Design Technology


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Using Canvas LMS to Create Expert Learners
In this session participants will see how they can make materials and expectations accessible to all learners allowing them to choose their path to mastery.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Implementation, Online Learning, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Teacher/Instructional Coach, School District of Sheboygan Falls
I am a Social Studies teacher and Instructional Coach at Sheboygan Falls High School. We are in our third year of UDL implementation and this was our first year using Canvas LMS. Working with teachers, we created UDL Unit Exemplars as a way to empower learners and create examples... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Lunch
Lunch will be available in the hallway outside of the main classroom 

Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Milstein Hallway, 2nd Floor (Outside of the Main Classroom)

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Become a College STAR: Implementing UDL In Higher Education
This presentation will describe College STAR, a national technical assistance project through which participating universities collaborate to learn about creating welcoming environments for students with learning differences. Participants will have an opportunity to join STAR Learning Communities and submit proposals which can result in incentive funding

TAGS: Higher Ed, Implementation, Technology, UDL Research


Speakers

Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Categorizing Emotions - From Theory to Student Perspectives
In this interactive poster I will show animated data visualizations that demonstrate the history of how researchers categorize emotions on the dimension of valence. In this interactive poster we can view how the same data can be interpreted in different ways by altering our theoretical perspective. It is a trip!

TAGS: Design Thinking, Diversity, Higher Ed, International, Online Learning, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Garron Hillaire

Garron Hillaire

Graduate Student, The Open University
I first heard about UDL in David Rose's course while doing an Ed.M. at HGSE when taking his course on the topic. After completing the masters I joined CAST and worked there as an educational software architect for 4 years. During this time I contributed to technical implementations... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Engaging Faculty to Empower Learners
Ideas to engaging Faculty to adopt principles of UDL framework in their curriculum to empower learners

TAGS: Higher Ed, Implementation

Speakers
avatar for Carolee Clyne

Carolee Clyne

Open Education Advisor, BCcampus
Carolee has been supporting faculty in higher education for over 25 years in a variety of roles including computer, library systems, web support, instructional design and registrar systems. Carolee recently completed her PhD exploring how to engage faculty from disciplines such as... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Emerson

Cheryl Emerson

College of New Caledonia
avatar for Catherine Whalen

Catherine Whalen

University of Northern British Columbia


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Increasing Awareness of UDL at Messiah College
We will discuss our background, approach, evaluation, lessons learned, resources/references. Takeaway: one actionable idea for raising awareness of UDL.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Online Learning

Speakers
avatar for Rocky Allinger

Rocky Allinger

Instructional Designer, Messiah College
Instructional designer and #EdTech enthusiast
avatar for Cindi Kerns

Cindi Kerns

Instructional Designer, Messiah College
Passionate about teaching, learning and technology. Interested in learning more about universal design best practices.


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: UDL: Empowering Learners through Language
Teachers, knowing their learners, recognize when to use language as a support to empower them socially, emotionally, and academically.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Urban Education, Empowering Learners through Language

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Granquist-Steinhauer

Dr. Susan Granquist-Steinhauer

University of St. Francis
My career in education has included teaching grades 2, 6, and 8 in elementary district settings, serving as Special Services Coordinator implementing Co-Teaching, and in a local university, teaching special education courses in the Master’s program. In 2004, I heard David Rose... Read More →
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Laura Klima

Teacher, Grand Prairie Elementary, PSD202
As a K-5 Reading Specialist and as a 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade classroom teacher my passion has always been about understanding and educating the whole child. Reading Recovery afforded me the opportunities to learn more about how and when to use language to help accelerate students... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Using UDL to Co-Prepare Secondary and Special Educators
A program redesign focused on UDL to co-prepare secondary and special educators to teach struggling learners within secondary classrooms.

Speakers
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Dr. Megan Mackey

Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Mackey prepares pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in general and special education settings. Her research interests are wide-ranging. She has conducted research where the framework, methods, and structure are developed in isolation and ‘pitched... Read More →
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Joan Nicoll-Senft

Director, Central Connecticut State University
Developing and implementing a UDL lesson planning tool that is used across all programs at our university; co-preparation of general and special education teachers to better address the needs of all learners in today's classrooms.


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Accessing Middle School Social Studies Content Using UDL
UDL strategies utilized in middle school social studies classrooms that can be generalized to other content areas and grade levels.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Ed, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Megan Mackey

Dr. Megan Mackey

Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Mackey prepares pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in general and special education settings. Her research interests are wide-ranging. She has conducted research where the framework, methods, and structure are developed in isolation and ‘pitched... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Empowering students for Independent Learning
This session will introduce you to a student centered class utilizing the UDL pedagogy and the Agile project management, Scrum. The combination of these two systems creates a UDL based personalized classroom with clear and effective expectations and time management guidelines. Empower your student’s ability to self manage their time, their work and their cooperative teams!”

TAGS: Design Thinking, Implementation, K-12, Team/group management and communication

Speakers
avatar for Heather Cowap Salemme, MS

Heather Cowap Salemme, MS

Teacher, Groton Dunstable Reg HS
Talk to me about motivating students to learn using UDL designed student centered blended personalized learning enviroments and Scrum to teach executive function for themselves and their groups!


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Mapping One's Digital and Diverse Learning Mindset
Looking Backward to Look Forward - Empowering Our Brains to Transcend Our Behavior Patterns in Our Life Stories

TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Diversity

Speakers
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Wendy Passer

Conversational Intelligence® Coach & Partnership Developer, Think Better, LLC
Wendy Passer is a certified Conversational Intelligence® coach who clears obstacles getting in the way of neurodiverse learners' greatness. Wendy is also a 30-year media and marketing veteran who used to spend her time tapping into micro and mass audiences' mindsets. Now she helps... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Personalized Learning in the K-5 Classroom
Personalized learning, the UDL framework, flexible seating and student voice and choice all blend themselves together to equal student engagement and success. Come today prepared to walk away with practical ideas to implement into your classroom tomorrow!

TAGS: Implementation, Technology, Primary Grades

PPT: http://bit.ly/primaryUDL

Speakers
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Sandy Jonason

Teacher, ISD 279
avatar for Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

2nd Grade Teacher, Osseo Area Schools
avatar for Jessica Skolnick

Jessica Skolnick

Teacher, Osseo Area Schools


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Universal Design for Learning in Finland's Teacher Education and "New" Curriculum
Finland's education contains much of UDL already embedded within its curriculum. How is this relevant and helpful for educators worldwide?

Speakers
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Martha Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, College of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, Morehead State University
Associate Professor of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, College of Education Graduate School Morehead State University, Morehead KY; introduced to UDL over 20 years ago in Texas, as an Education Specialist for the Texas Education Agency... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: The Challenges and Success in Learning Universal Design Principles.
This session presents challenges, success, and decisions in selecting UDL as a dissertation topic, which shows the process of learning and empowers diverse learner.

TAGS: Implementation, K-12, Science, UDL Research

Speakers
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Maitha Abdullah Binjaweer

Instructional Coach, Almanara Academy School
Specialist in Curriculum Design, Instructional Technology and teacher training (Coaching Digital Learning) Expertise in inquiry instruction, learning community, and clinical intervention. Developed professional training that improved teachers’ skills. Helping educators to... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: The implementation of UDL: A case study
This session will provide valuable information from a case study that explores the implementation phase of UDL in one school. The session will highlight how UDL was leveraged to empower diverse learners. It will also allow participants to consider, discuss, and explore the factors that influence UDL implementation and how it can be used to help provide an equitable learning environment to empower learners.

TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, K-12, UDL Research

Speakers
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Megan Sénéchal

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Tracing UDL Pathways in Non-Traditional High-Efficiency Schools
Discussion on the high-efficiency non-traditional schools in a non-inclusive Saudi Arabian society

Speakers
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Asma Batool

PhD Candidate, McGill University
Asma Batool is a Ph. D. Candidate in Educational and Counselling Psychology in the Human Development stream at McGill University. Her special interests include promoting inclusive education in the Middle-East through UDL-based teachers’ training and professional development programs... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

11:30am EDT

Poster Session: Incorporating UDL Principles into Graduate Nursing Education
Core information that will be shared include data specifically regarding nursing programs and data regarding students with disabilities. How UDL is utilized to increase access and inclusiveness in non-traditional educational settings.

TAGS: Higher Ed, Online Learning, Nursing

Speakers
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Jill Parker

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Gardner Webb University
Nursing, Online Education
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Natacha Pierre

University of Illinois College of Nursing


Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Main Hallway, 2nd Floor

1:00pm EDT

Empowering Faculty to Empower Learners through UDL Training
Participants will begin designing their own UDL training for faculty and will leave inspired to empower faculty to empower learners.

TAGS: Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Faculty Training

Speakers
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Nancy Carr

Onondaga Community College
Nancy Carr is the Director of the Office of Accessibility Resources at Onondaga Community College. She developed a smaller UDL grant funded by "Autism Speaks," where she met Christopher Hromalik. Hromalik, Myhill and Carr expanded the project under the current DOL grant.  Carr also... Read More →
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Christopher Hromalik

Onondaga Community College
Christopher Hromalik is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Faculty Coordinator of the Universal Design for Learning Academy at Onondaga Community College (OCC).  He is also a Ph.D. Student of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation at Syracuse University.  He co-designed... Read More →
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William Myhill

Inclusive Education Specialist, Onondaga Community College
William Myhill, under subcontract from Syracuse University (SU), serves as the Inclusive Education Specialist for the Onondaga Pathways to Careers project at OCC. The project, and the UDL Academy, are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, for the purpose of increasing the success... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
WCC 3018

1:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: UDL in Africa & Race, Art and Empowerment at an Appalachian University
This session is a two-in-one session.

1:00 - 1:20 PM: UDL in Africa (Elvis Agah, Daniel Osae Djan & Aaron Agah)
Universal Design for Learning in the International Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP).
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Diversity, Higher Ed, UDL Research

1:20 - 1:40 PM: Race, Art and Empowerment at an Appalachian University (Lillian Nave)
By optimizing student choice and addressing a culturally and socially relevant, timely problem, the students felt their voices were heard.
TAGS: Arts, Design Thinking, Diversity, Higher Ed

1:40 - 1:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
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Elvis Agah

President, School of Design & Technology
Elvis Agah is a Software Engineer with a pure passion to help develop the talents of children and young people in the areas of Technology and Art. He is a Co-founder of the School of Design and Technology, the institution that birthed the International Technology and Entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Lillian Nave

Faculty, Appalachian State University
Lillian Nave is a reformed art historian who now teaches first year seminar as a Senior Lecturer and UDL coordinator at Appalachian State University. She also hosts the Think UDL podcast. You can find Think UDL on Twitter @ThinkUDL and wherever you listen to your podcasts! Lillian... Read More →
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Daniel Osae Djan

Vice Chancellor & Head of Research Dpt., School of Design Technology


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

1:00pm EDT

Stories of transformation through collaboration - A New Zealand perspective
Power of working with families and learners in collaborative partnership to refine design so that everyone can participate and learn.
TAGS: Diversity, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion, Classroom and Family

Speakers
avatar for Linda Ojala

Linda Ojala

Inclusive Faciliator, Core Education
I am an experienced classroom teacher with a career that spans 22 years.  I currently facilitate professional learning in schools and work closely to explore and develop inclusive practice.  This includes developing school wide systems of appraisal, planning and teacher professional... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

1:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Designing for Variability & Promoting Understanding Across and Beyond Named Languages
This session is a two-in-one session.

1:00 - 1:20 PM: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Designing for Variability (Kavita Rao)
Participants will learn about how to use UDL to design empowering instructional experiences for culturally and linguistically diverse students
TAGS: Diversity, ELL, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

1:20 - 1:40 PM: Promoting Understanding Across and Beyond Named Languages (Louis Olander & Maria Cioe-Pena)
Incorporating a translanguaging framework into UDL can enhance the ways in which educators can promote understanding across languages
TAGS: Diversity;ELL;Implementation;Special Education/Inclusion;Urban Education

1:40 - 1:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Maria Cioè-Peña

Maria Cioè-Peña

Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
I am an incoming Assitant Professor at Montclair State University. I earned my PhD in Urban Education department from the Graduate Center - City University of New York where I was also an Advance Research Collaborative fellow and a Presidential MAGNET Fellow. I am a former elementary... Read More →
avatar for Louis Olander

Louis Olander

Doctoral Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center
As a special education teacher and teacher educator New York City, Louis Olander has used UDL to empower students who face marginalization at the hands of multiple intersecting factors in middle schools, high schools, and in higher education. His work as a doctoral candidate is grounded... Read More →
avatar for Kavita Rao

Kavita Rao

Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kavita Rao is a professor at College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on instructional and assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), online learning, and culturally and linguistically diverse students. Kavita has worked extensively... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
WCC 2012

1:00pm EDT

UDL and rigor: An empowering combination
This session offers attendees the opportunity to focus on how to design UDL-guided, rigorous strategies, lessons, and/or environments.

TAGS: Implementation, K-12, Rigor

Speakers
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Loui Lord Nelson

President and Educational consultant, RAISE, Inc
My favorite thing to do is support educators, schools, districts, state departments, and ministries of education to utilize the UDL framework to improve student outcomes and support the growth of expert learners. My other favorite thing is producing the popular podcast UDL in 15 Minutes... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

2:00pm EDT

Secret Boss Training: Engage Campus Leaders about UDL
This interactive session from the author of UDL in Higher Education shows how to get campus leaders to champion UDL.

TAGS: Administrators, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Implementation, Online Learning, Technology, UDL Research

Speakers
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Thomas J Tobin

Faculty Associate - Conference Programming Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas J. Tobin is the Conference Program Chair in the Distance Education Professional Development department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an internationally-recognized speaker and author on accessibility and universal design for learning. Since the advent of online... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2012

2:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Better opportunities for adults with disabilities through UDL & Understanding Stigma and Stereotype Threat in Connection to Workplace Inclusion
This session is a two-in-one session.

2:00 - 2:20 PM: Better opportunities to adults with disabilities through UDL (Boris Alvarez & Victor Zapata)
Adults with disabilities have had few opportunities to be trained appropriately. UDL provides better chances to access to job market.
TAGS: Administrators, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Diversity, Higher Ed, Implementation, International, Online Learning, Urban Education

2:20 - 2:40 PM: Understanding Stigma and Stereotype Threat in Connection to Workplace Inclusion (Luis Perez & Sam Johnston)
Creating an inclusive workplace for individuals from under-represented communities involves more than the accessibility of the physical environment or complying with regulations related to workforce diversity. The affective dimensions of the workplace also need to be addressed. In this session, we will explore stereotype threat and stigma as two factors that can impede the workplace success of  individuals from diverse backgrounds, and together brainstorm strategies that can mitigate these factors.

2:40 - 2:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
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Boris Alvarez

Director, Fellow Group Latinoamerica
My first Job experiences were in a Hospital, but gradually, I started a concern about inclusion. That's how, with some colleagues, we started-up Fellow Group, a Chilean institution that provides training in UDL for Schools, colleges and universities. We have had the chance to work... Read More →
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Sam Johnston

Research Scientist, CAST
As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities. Sam's primary research focus is on social learning processes and the use of online and blended learning to support... Read More →
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Luis Perez

Technical Assistance Specialist, St. Petersburg, FL
Luis Perez is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.  He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.  He was selected as an Apple Distinguished... Read More →
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Victor Zapata

Academic, Universidad de Chile


Tuesday July 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

2:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: UDL: How one district began implementation of the framework & Walk the Talk: Applying UDL at All Levels
This session is a two-in-one session.

2:00 - 2:20 PM: Universal Design for Learning: How one district began implementation of the framework (Karyn Grace)
Participants will have a true experience to guide their future implementation of the UDL framework. The vision we had attending UDL at Harvard two years ago has become a reality!
TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion, Urban Education

2:20 - 2:40 PM: Walk the Talk: Applying UDL at All Levels (Laurene Beto & Sung Park)
Using California's "One System", we will investigate progress and key factors towards increased systems change aligning UDL within national/state/local levels.
TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

2:40 - 2:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion 

Speakers
avatar for Laurene Beto

Laurene Beto

Instructor, Santa Clara County Office of Educatiobn
Laurene has 37 years of teaching and administration experience in Special and General Education. As Assistant Director in the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Laurene brought CAST instructors  to train special education principals and inclusion specialist. She has taught UDL... Read More →
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Karyn Grace

Coordinator of Instruction, Curriculum and Inclusive Education, Cambridge Public Schools
Dr. Karyn Grace serves as Coordinator for Curriculum, Instruction, and Inclusive Education in the Office of Student Services. Karyn holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership, a Masters Degree in Special Education and undergraduate degrees in Psycho-Social... Read More →
avatar for Sung Park

Sung Park

Coordinator, Inclusive Education Technical Support, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Sung Park is a Coordinator in the Inclusion Collaborative at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, providing professional development, coaching, and technical assistance for inclusive best practices. He is the Lead Coach and Coordinator of the California Equity Performance Improvement... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 3018

2:00pm EDT

Empowering Students Through Developmental Relationships
Developmental relationships call on us to approach student relationships in the same way that UDL calls on us to approach learner variability--intentionally and proactively. Join me for a look at how developmental relationships can strengthen our UDL practices and empower all learners.

TAGS: Administrators, Diversity, Implementation, Rural Education, Urban Education, Engagement, Empowerment, Developmental Relationships, Resilience 

Speakers
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Joni Degner

UDL Facilitator, Texthelp
Joni Degner is an internationally recognized professional learning designer, UDL facilitator & co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Joni’s work is driven by her commitment to honoring learner variability & diversity. Joni designs professional learning & resources in UDL, Cultural... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

2:00pm EDT

Using UDL to build resilience in school leaders
What is emotional resilience?
Why is emotional resilience important in today's classrooms?
How can UDL be used as a frame for supporting emotional resilience in adults?(specifically teacher leaders and school leaders)
How does building emotional resilience empower adults?

TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, Adult Learning

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Berquist

Elizabeth Berquist

Director of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Liz Berquist is currently the Director of Professional Growth for the Baltimore County Public Schools. In this role she designs and deliver professional learning for the district. Prior to this role, Liz served as a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

3:00pm EDT

Transforming Higher Education through UDL: An International Perspective
Using case studies to interrogate policy and praxis, participants will be encouraged to challenge existing barriers to success for inclusivity in HEIs reflecting a diversity of settings.

TAGS: Design Thinking, Higher Ed, International, UDL Research

Speakers
avatar for Sean Bracken

Sean Bracken

University of Worcester
Sean is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He is a Principal Lecturer and Learning and Teaching Leader at the University of Worcester in England where he also acts as the Course Leader for the National Award SENCO. This is a postgraduate course for special... Read More →
avatar for Frederic Fovet

Frederic Fovet

University of Prince Edward Island
avatar for Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Senior Research Scientist, Associate Professor and Director of Project in Low Incidence Disabilities, CAST, Boston College
Richard Jackson assists in the development of CAST's universally designed technology to meet the needs of individuals with visual disabilities. An Associate Professor and a Director of Projects in Low-Incidence Disabilities at Boston College since 1989, Dr. Jackson is himself visually... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Moriarty

Abigail Moriarty

University Director of Teaching and Learning, De Montfort University
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Kavita Rao

Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kavita Rao is a professor at College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on instructional and assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), online learning, and culturally and linguistically diverse students. Kavita has worked extensively... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

3:00pm EDT

Leveraging STEM Competencies for Opportunity Youth Career Engagement
This project builds STEM career engagement through increasing awareness of and identity with STEM competencies for opportunity youth.

TAGS: Diversity, Math, Science, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Alison Driscoll

Alison Driscoll

Alison Driscoll joined cast in 2017 as a Project Manager for the R&D team. She collaborates with Principal Investigators, instructional designers, and developers to ensure the successful execution of R&D projects.Alison’s prior work experience includes supporting the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Hall

Tracey Hall

Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer, CAST
Dr. Tracey Hall conducts research on instructional interventions in reading, writing, literacy in the content areas, and assessment. Her work includes the design and evaluation of instructional approaches and assessment tools. These experiences are applied in the development and... Read More →
avatar for Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston

Research Scientist, CAST
As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities. Sam's primary research focus is on social learning processes and the use of online and blended learning to support... Read More →
avatar for Emma L. Starr

Emma L. Starr

Research Associate, CAST
As a research associate at CAST, Emma contributes to research on how UDL can enhance education for all learners.Emma earned her Master of Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain, and Education program in 2017. She graduated from Skidmore College... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

3:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Self-Awareness: The First Step to Self-Regulation & The Idea of Knowing Who You Are Through Reflection & Connection
This session is a two-in-one session.

3:00 - 3:20 PM: Self-Awareness: The First Step to Self-Regulation (Nancy Weinstein & Vicki Algeri)
Understand why student self-awareness across academic, personal and cognitive skills is essential to students learning how to make good choices.
TAGS: Administrators, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

3:20 - 3:40 PM: The Idea of Knowing Who You Are Through Reflection & Connection (James-Etta Goodloe)
Participants will leave with ideas and examples of how the practice of reflection can promote connection to identity development.
TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Diversity, Higher Ed, K-12

3:40 - 3:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for James-Etta Goodloe, Ed.D.

James-Etta Goodloe, Ed.D.

Founder/CEO, Dr. James-Etta's Consulting Group, LLC
Dr. James-Etta is Founder & CEO of Dr. James-Etta's Consulting Group,LLC. Her agency helps schools, districts & organizations examine implicit and explicit bias in order to go from being blissfully unaware about cultural differences to being sensitive, authentic and fully engaged... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Weinstein

Nancy Weinstein

CEO, Mindprint Learning
I'm the founder and CEO of Mindprint, an online platform that identifies how students naturally learn best and provides recommendations for teachers to more easily deliver instruction in the format that is easiest for each student to understand and remember. I'm also co-author of... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

3:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: UDL in Urban Schools: Reducing Barriers by Increasing Mutual Respect & Promise, Underutilization, and Empowerment: UDL in Urban Contexts
This session is a two-in-one session.

3:00 - 3:20 PM: UDL in Urban Schools: Reducing Barriers by Increasing Mutual Respect (Andratesha Fritzgerald)
Universal Design for Learning invites the natural brilliance of each student to the table. Learn how to find the "brilliance zone" of the students you serve and mine those gems to enhance the entire learning community.
TAGS: Administrators, Design Thinking, Diversity, Implementation, K-12, UDL Research, Urban Education

3:20 - 3:40 PM: Promise, Underutilization, and Empowerment: UDL in Urban Contexts (Louis Olander & Maria Cioe-Pena)
Why UDL holds unfulfilled promise in urban contexts and what researchers and educators can do.
TAGS: Diversity, ELL, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion, Urban Education

3:40 - 3:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Andratesha Fritzgerald

Andratesha Fritzgerald

Director of Federal Programs, East Cleveland City School District
Andratesha Fritzgerald is committed to excellence in Urban Education. With close to twenty years in urban education, she has served as a teacher, building leader and the district level in an urban school district in Ohio. Fritzgerald has worked tirelessly to ensure both pre-service... Read More →
avatar for Louis Olander

Louis Olander

Doctoral Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center
As a special education teacher and teacher educator New York City, Louis Olander has used UDL to empower students who face marginalization at the hands of multiple intersecting factors in middle schools, high schools, and in higher education. His work as a doctoral candidate is grounded... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 2012

3:00pm EDT

Two-in-one: Empowering Students with E-Learning & Lessons Learned in Engaging & Empowering eLearners
This session is a two-in-one session.

3:00 - 3:20 PM: Empowering Students with E-Learning (Elizabeth Nicholas)
I will share how Autry is implementing e-learning, why it fits with UDL principles, and how they can add basic e-learning tools to create a more effective blended learning classroom.
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Design Thinking, Online Learning, Technology

3:20 - 3:40 PM: Lessons Learned in Engaging & Empowering eLearners (Dara Ryder)
We will share our experience of taking a face to face training program and moving it online – the mistakes, the learning, the wins!
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Online Learning, Technology

3:40 - 3:50 PM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Nicholas

Elizabeth Nicholas

Innovation Specialist, Autry Technology Center
Elizabeth Nicholas is an innovation specialist at Autry Technology Center. Her applications of gamified learning modules, classroom websites, learning management systems and mobile accessible homework has transformed the learning environment at Autry.  Learners are empowered by the... Read More →
avatar for Dara Ryder

Dara Ryder

AHEAD
Dara is the Digital Media & eLearning Manager with AHEAD, an Irish non-profit sharing a future where students with disabilities can succeed. He has a degree in Music Technology from Queens University Belfast and a professional background in creative digital media. As well as being... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
WCC 3018

4:00pm EDT

UDL Credentialing and Certification Intitiative
Come learn about an initiative to develop a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) credentialing and certification process to recognize best practices in education program design, product development, and classroom instruction

Speakers
avatar for James Basham

James Basham

CEO, UDL-IRN
James D. Basham, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). His research is focused on the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Allison Posey

Allison Posey

Senior Content Editor and Producer, CAST
Allison Posey is a national leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom
 
Wednesday, August 1
 

7:45am EDT

8:15am EDT

Morning Announcements
To view live captions please visit: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CAST

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Director of Professional Learning, CAST, Inc.
As Director of Professional Learning,  Jennifer Levine oversees the design and delivery of products and services related to the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in schools, districts, and states.Jennifer is passionate about teaching students in the margins and sees... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 8:15am - 8:30am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

8:30am EDT

Keynote: Don’t Get Schooled
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Jason Marshall will interrogate the concept of schooling versus education and explore the work required of each of us in order to use UDL as a tool for liberation and education as a pathway to freedom.

Speakers
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Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall has been working in education for the last 16 years. The majority of his work has been with 16-24 year olds in the alternative and public education space.  He has also worked in higher education, primarily with bridge-to-college programming. Jason has been working... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

9:00am EDT

Keynote: Take Action to Empower Learners
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As we move into the final day of the symposium, this keynote will share ideas for how we are each empowered to design for learning that can spark a love for learning.

Speakers
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Allison Posey

Senior Content Editor and Producer, CAST
Allison Posey is a national leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

9:30am EDT

Empowering Future Educators: UDL, CRT, and Mindset
Learn how UDL, CRT, and Mindset addresses learner variance as used in a Teacher Education program to empower future teachers.

TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Implementation, Online Learning, UDL Research

Speakers
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Mary Budzilowicz

Associate Director, Cabrini University
Mary is the Associate Director of the Education Resource and Technology Center at Cabrini University.  She teaches courses on inclusion, high incidence disabilities, and special education law in the School of Education to both undergraduate and post-secondary students. Mary considers... Read More →
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Amber Gentile

Assistant Professor, Cabrini University
Amber Gentile, EdD: As a teacher educator, Amber has implemented UDL into the preparation of our future teachers- through modeling the instructional practices and integrating it into our curriculum. She holds workshops on the benefits and strategies of UDL to all faculty across campus... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

9:30am EDT

UDL as Groundwork for Access and Inclusion Strategy Development in Postsecondary Classrooms
In this session, participants will identify a specific classroom challenge, and design a strategy to improve classroom communication and interaction.
 
This session will describe a project that aims to improve resources available for faculty who work with deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream postsecondary settings by creating training environments where faculty are encouraged to experiment with and innovate new resources and strategies for accessible and inclusive pedagogy. These strategies respond to immediate needs in the classroom, and become part of a web-based Accessibility ToolKit (ATK). Using UDL principles as an introduction and hook, faculty identify a current communication and collaboration challenge in their classrooms. They then brainstorm, develop, test, and implement their strategy in the classroom. Key components of this faculty development model include a semester long Faculty Learning Community, alongside a partnership with a student observer and mentor.
 
Participants in this session will identify one of their own classroom communication and collaboration challenges, i.e., points where specific students have not been fully included in the classroom activity. Participants will practice developing strategies to address these challenges. We will lead participants through a process of brainstorming solutions, with insights from snapshots of what our students have identified as challenging and how they have proposed solutions. Participants will also fine-tune the design of their strategy.
 
Participants will learn more about deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstreamed settings. They will care about the intersectionality of communication and collaboration challenges for all kinds of students, including deaf and hard of hearing, English as a second language, veterans, those on the spectrum, and first generation college students.

The core take-away is that faculty can start small (i.e., identify one thing to address), and transform their course to be more accessible and inclusive. We will engage learners via visual and spoken examples, and share a number of strategies we have found to be successful, as well as our website toolkit. We will offer a number of options for them to take action: They can keep in touch with our work (our next grant proposal will focus on developing a consortium of colleges and universities doing this kind of work), use any strategies from the existing toolkit in their own classrooms, and develop new strategies.
 
TAGS: Accessible Materials and Technologies, Higher Ed, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
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Carol Marchetti

Rochester Institute of Technology
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Sara Schley

Rochester Institute of Technology/ National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Sara Schley (Ed.D, Harvard Graduate School of Education) is a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, in the Master of Science in Secondary Education department's deaf education teacher training program. She is director of the Research Center for Teaching and Learning, with... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
WCC 3018

9:30am EDT

The Power of the Word: Empowering Dialogic Learners
Practical dialogic teaching practices will be experienced with the aim of sparking awareness for applying intentionally equitable instruction. Specific strategies to increase students’ active listening, speaking, and written expression will be shared to empower next steps for every participant in our group!

TAGS: Design Thinking, Diversity, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
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Elizabeth Stein

Special Education/UDL Instructional Coach, Smithtown Central School District
Elizabeth's career in special education spans beyond 25 years in grades K-12 along with undergraduate and graduate level courses. She is a National Board Certified Teacher currently working as a Universal Design for Learning Instructional Coach in Long Island, New York. Elizabeth... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
Milstein East C (Section of Main Classroom)

9:30am EDT

Two-in-one: The Power to Change : Identifying the Actual Barriers & UDL: The Language of Learner Variability
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

Speakers
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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
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

9:30am EDT

Yes, With UDL You Are An Artist!
Participants engage in a hands-on, condensed version of an arts unit. Participants experience the successes and challenges of UDL as they analyze how adolescents were empowered to explore the arts.

TAGS: Arts, ELL, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
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Liz Byron

PreK-8th Visual Art and Special Education Teacher, Boston Public Schools
Liz Byron is a dynamic presenter, author, and the K0-8th Grade Visual Art Teacher at a full-inclusion Boston Public School. Liz is a Massachusetts professionally licensed teacher in visual art, special education, ESL, middle school math, and elementary education. She has presented... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:20am EDT
WCC 3019

10:30am EDT

Moving Beyond Survival to Empowerment: What is Your WHY?
When we begin lesson planning with WHY and connect to students’ WHYs we develop purposeful, motivated and empowered learners.

LINK TO PPT

TAGS: Administrators, Design Thinking, Diversity, Implementation, Urban Education

Speakers
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David Flores

YouthBuild USA
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Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall has been working in education for the last 16 years. The majority of his work has been with 16-24 year olds in the alternative and public education space.  He has also worked in higher education, primarily with bridge-to-college programming. Jason has been working... Read More →
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Connie Rivera

Training and Curriculum Development Specialist, YouthBuild USA
Connie Rivera is an adult numeracy and high school equivalency preparation teacher. For TERC, she is a training and curriculum development specialist, providing math strategies and support to programs implementing CCR Standards. Talk to Connie about the joys and benefits of being... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

10:30am EDT

The Need for UDL in Inclusive Education
MCIE and Calvert County school-based collaboration repeatedly revealed a clearly identified need for UDL support without a path. The session will highlight the ways to build that UDL foundation in different ways with school staff driving their own growth.

TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion

Speakers
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Tom Robbins

Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Tom Robbins is a Professional Learning Facilitator for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). Tom empowers student and adult learners through the Universal Design of professional learning delivery and planning with district.
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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 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B

10:30am EDT

“I feel like I am the new Aesop!” Leveraging UDL to empower students as writers
This session will explore how UDL can be leveraged to empower students to develop identities as confident and capable writers. Participants will examine an array of student work and video from an inclusive 4th grade class engaged in a unit on narrative writing and an inclusive 5th grade class engaged in a unit on fables and parables. Participants will look for evidence of students’ developing confidence and sophistication as writers. Further, participants will explore the student work from a design perspective and uncover the particular ways in which UDL was applied to reduce barriers and empower all learners to engage in the writing process.

TAGS: ELA, Implementation, Special Education/Inclusion, UDL Research

Speakers
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Jenna Gravel

Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning, CAST
As Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning, Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities.Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 3036

10:30am EDT

Two-in-one: Empowering Learners to Problem Solve through Cognitive Process & Making Challenging Mathematics Material Accessible to All Students
This session is a two-in-one session.

10:30 - 10:50 AM: Empowering Learners to Problem Solve through Cognitive Process (Adam Deleidi)
Learn an explicit approach to problem solving adapted from George Polya, father of problem solving in mathematics education.
TAGS: Administrators, ELA, Math, Urban Education, Cognition/Problem Solving

10:50 - 11:10 AM: Making challenging mathematics material accessible to all students (Katharine Visci, Kristi-Lynn Craig, Melinda Eichhorn)
Setting high expectations and adapting materials allows middle school students in a substantially separate classroom to access grade-level mathematics content.
TAGS: ​​​​Math, Special Education/Inclusion, Urban Education

11:10 - 11:20 AM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
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Kristi-Lynn Craig

Salem Public Schools
Kristi-Lynn Craig is a special education administrator in the Salem Public Schools, where she sees her primary role as advocating on behalf of student success, family engagement, and teacher support.  Ms. Craig's education experience includes teaching in a 2nd-3rd grade full inclusion... Read More →
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Adam Deleidi

Chelsea Public Schools
Adam Deleidi is the principal of the Berkowitz Elementary School in Chelsea, Massachusetts and a member of CAST's Professional Learning Cadre. He has led school-wide UDL implementation in two schools and has previously presented at CAST's UDL Symposium, Harvard University's UDL Institute... Read More →
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Melinda (Mindy) Eichhorn

Gordon College
Dr. Mindy Eichhorn is an assistant professor of Education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She is also a mathematics specialist at the Boston Children’s Hospital Learning Disabilities Program.
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Katharine Visci

Collins Middle School
Katharine Visci is a special education teacher in Salem Public Schools where she teaches math to middle school students in a substantially separate setting and supports science in an inclusion setting. She has experience teaching in urban schools with a variety of ages and abilities... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 3019

10:30am EDT

Two-in-one: Using Students' Passions to Shape School Events & Using UDL to Engage Students and Enhance Learning
This session is a two-in-one session.

10:30 - 10:50 AM: Using Students' Passions to Shape School Events (Christine Gray & Kristina Menissian)
We’ll share examples where students developed and planned school-wide/community/after-school events that reflect them as learns and people.
TAGS: Arts, ELA, Urban Education

10:50 - 11:10 AM: Using UDL to Engage Students and Enhance Learning (Julie A. Joseph & Setal Ghodiwala)
During the presentation, the presenters will share how the framework for the Universal Design for Learning allows educators to differentiate instruction and assessments that meet the needs of all learners.
TAGS: Diversity, ELA, Special Education/Inclusion, Urban Education

11:10 - 11:20 AM: Time for questions and discussion

Speakers
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Setal Ghodiwala

Special Education Teacher, Paterson Board of Education
My name is Setal Ghodiwala and I am a fifth year, Special Education Teacher in Paterson NJ, teaching a Language Learning Disabilities self-contained class. I currently teach third grade and all the subjects. I started implementing UDL in my classroom about 3 years ago in my spelling... Read More →
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Christine Gray

Revere Public Schools
I am a Middle School Literacy Coach in Revere, MA.  In 2014, my classroom was filmed as part of the Cengage Educational Media Library series on Special Education and UDL. Since 2012, Kristina and I have played an integral role in implementing UDL, throughout my district. We've used... Read More →
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Julie Joseph

ELA and Math UDL, PLC Supervisor, Paterson Public Schools
Julie Ann Joseph has been an educator in the Paterson Public School System for fifteen years. She has taught general education, special education, resource, and bilingual students during her tenure in Paterson. In 2009, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for her school... Read More →
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Kristina Menissian

Grade 8 Science and Drama Teacher, Susan B. Anthony Middle School
Kristina has taught science and drama in the urban district of Revere, MA for the past 12 years. Kristina has been a part of implementing Universal Design for Learning in her classroom, her school, and throughout the district of Revere. Kristina has attended and was thrilled to serve... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
WCC 3018

10:30am EDT

You like UDL? You like maker spaces? You like music? You like design thinking? You like a little competition? Then this could be for you
You like UDL?  You like maker spaces?  You like music?  You like design thinking? You like a little competition? Then this could be for you. Come and apply UDL to think about learner variability, making, and music. Come and engage in design thinking to apply UDL and design thinking to David Rose, The Stones, and Lady Gaga! Leave with variability in mind, maybe a prize, and some awesome music mixes!!!

Speakers
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Dr. Jose Blackorby

Senior Director of Research & Development, CAST
Jose Blackorby is the Research Director of Learner Variability and Impact at WestEd and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Previously the Director of Research and Development at CAST, he has been working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
Milstein Main Classroom

11:30am EDT

Closing Keynote: Empowering Teachers to Empower Learners
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How do we impact teacher efficacy? We provide universally designed PD, motivation, and ongoing support using the UDL Guidelines. What does this feel like? Come find out. In this presentation, Katie Novak will help all attendees to imagine the possibilities of changing the world for our kids by changing ourselves.


Wednesday August 1, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Milstein Main Classroom