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March 27-29 in Orlando, FL

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Wednesday, March 27
 

9:00am EDT

Multiple Means of Engagement: Universally Designed SEL & Mental Health Programming
Within the principle of multiple means of engagement lies three critically important checkpoints for student well-being– minimizing threats and distractions, foster collaboration and community, and facilitate personal coping skills and strategies. These checkpoints get at the heart of this principle – students cannot be engaged in learning if they do not feel safe, know who they are as learners, know how to work collaboratively with others, and have skills for coping with emotional and mental health challenges. This interactive pre-conference session will introduce participants to universally designed social and emotional learning and mental health programs involving mental health literacy, dialectical behaviour therapy skills, and mindfulness practices that fulfill this principle and directly address these checkpoints. Participants will view videos of classroom implementation, will be provided with resources, and will participate in some of the activities!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz

UBC
Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL,” and... Read More →



Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Universal C

9:00am EDT

Personalize Learning with the UDL Lens: Empower All Learners with Agency and Self-Advocacy Skills
When each learner can understand and advocate for how they learn, barriers to learning can be removed and engagement and motivation can result. But where do you begin? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and personalized learning can be the perfect match to have every learner realize agency and self-advocacy skills so that they can take ownership to learning. UDL leverages the latest research from the neurosciences in order to create more inclusive learning experiences, but how can we use UDL to empower every learner with the tools and skills to become independent self-directed learners with agency? In this workshop, participants will learn a clear process and a set of practical tools that can guide every learner to understand how they learn using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express, gain agency in their learning and acquire the self-advocacy skills to be prepared for college, career and life.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen McClaskey

Kathleen McClaskey

Founder, Make Learning Personal
Kathleen McClaskey, M.Ed. (@khmmc) is Founder of Make Learning Personal and Co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning. She is an innovative leader, speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30... Read More →
avatar for Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez is an instructional designer, consultant, speaker and author based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a member of the CAST UDL Cadre, and... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Universal D

9:00am EDT

Transforming High School Learning Environments: Year 5 of our UDL Implementation Journey
The UDL Transforming High School Learning Environments (UDL-THSLE) project is a collaboration between César E. Chávez High School in Houston, Texas, the Region 4 (Texas) Educational Service Center (ESC), and All In, an education consultancy group. This pre-conference session will use a blended format to describe the fifth year of multi-year Universal Design for Learning project through the lens of the UDL leadership team, made up of school administrators, teacher leaders, regional support staff and UDL coaches. This session will guide participants through the phases of UDL implementation, with a specific focus on scaling UDL into practice in a large, urban high school. Participants in this session will explore a variety of resources related to UDL implementation including lesson plans, educator self assessments using the UDL progression rubric, teacher leadership PLC resources, school data, and professional learning materials. Note: This session is appropriate for those who may have attended the pre conference session in 2018. This session will specifically focus on scaling UDL in a high school. It is also appropriate for those new to UDL implementation as a second pathway will be offered to explore the phases of UDL implementation and related application in a high school.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Berquist

Elizabeth Berquist

Coordinator of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public School District
Dr. Liz Berquist brings almost twenty years of experience in Pk-12 and higher education to her current role as Coordinator of Professional Learning for the Baltimore County Public School District (BCPS), where she designs and delivers professional learning for district leaders. BCPS... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Omelan

Kirsten Omelan

Senior Education Specialist, Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC)
Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D. has over twenty years of experience in special education. Ms. Omelan has practical K-12 experience as a special educator, department chair and supervisor for special education programming. She is currently a Senior Education Specialist at the Region 4 Education... Read More →
avatar for Rene Sanchez

Rene Sanchez

Principal, Cesar E. Chavez High School
Rene Sanchez is from Edinburg, located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate, the Ohio State University for law school and the University of Texas for principalship. Rene has served in schools ranging from 500 to 3200, from rural... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Universal E

9:00am EDT

UDL 101
Are you new to UDL? Join us for an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During this pre-conference, leaders from the UDL-IRN and CAST will team up to provide participants with an overview of UDL. We’ll explore the UDL principles, guidelines, and the underlying research. We'll discuss how educators are intentionally designing learning opportunities to reduce barriers and meet the needs of diverse learners.

Speakers
avatar for CAST

CAST

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. The CAST team includes about 40 talented employees, including world-class educators, learning scientists, instructional... Read More →
avatar for UDL-IRN

UDL-IRN

We believe the traditional one-size-fits all model of education is outdated and broken. We believe our future is directly tied to the next generation of learners.  We believe in the power of networking all education stakeholders.Our mission is to support the design of future ready... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Universal F

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Wednesday March 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

1:00pm EDT

Give Your Online and Blended Learning a UDL Zhoosh!
Bring your online or blended course(s) and syllabus(i), your preferred device, and an open mind to a preconference workshop designed to help you connect with faculty peers to think about your teaching in new, UDL-infused ways! Workshop presenters will share frameworks, enhancements, and outcomes from several UDL-focused efforts including open educational resource development; course and syllabus evaluation; and application of tools for enhanced accessibility and engagement. Presenters will guide in-session collaboration and an ongoing faculty learning community for breathing new UDL life into online and blended teaching. Participants will leave with ideas, tools, and connections for supporting that UDL zhoosh!

Speakers
avatar for Serra De Arment

Serra De Arment

Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. De Arment prepares early intervention (birth to 5) and K-12 special education professionals for work in high-needs communities through emphasis on cultural responsiveness and UDL woven throughout course objectives and faculty pedagogical approaches. She regularly teaches in online... Read More →
avatar for Frances Smith

Frances Smith

Dr. Smith has taught blended and online graduate coursework in UDL for GW University in Washington, DC since 2003. She is a member of the former National UDL Taskforce and CAST’s UDL Cadre. In 2011-12, she was a UDL Fellow in residence at CAST and Boston College Lynch School of... Read More →



Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Universal D

1:00pm EDT

K-12, Multiple Representations Of The Same Object:  A UDL Pathway to Accessible Educational Materials
What is your UDL mindset? Come enjoy the power of collaboration, UDL tools, and creative means for designing a UDL pathway to learning.
Rotate through stations of multiple representations of the SAME science example (i.e. digestive system) to experience low/high tech materials, appropriate for regular education and special education students; used often at the SAME time. Examples: Arts & crafts, tactile drawings, embossed braille, 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality. Experience how to create multiple representations of the SAME object to meet the needs of varying student populations and how to generalize this model to other subject areas.

Presentation and materials
Alternative presentation 

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Siegel

Leslie Siegel

Educational Consultant, String Math LLC
I’ve been modifying learning materials to meet the individual needs of students for my entire career. Started out in regular education. Took courses in special education to learn how to help my regular students, while thinking, “Why is there a separation in training? Teachers... Read More →
avatar for Tara Jeffs

Tara Jeffs

Regional Technology Coordinator, Technology & Learning Connections (TLC) Team
Dr. Tara Jeffs is currently part of the Technology & Learning Connections (TLC) Team as a regional technology coordinator (Region 4) at USF. In this role, Tara provides technical assistance in the areas of: accessible educational materials (AEM), assistive technology (AT), instructional... Read More →
avatar for Janet Good

Janet Good

Speech Language Pathologist, Technology & Learning Connections Team
Janet Good is a Speech Language Pathologist on the Technology & Learning Connections team MTSS project. She is a Regional Coordinator with Florida's Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project USF. In this role Janet provides technical assistance in the areas of: augmentative... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

1:00pm EDT

Teachers and children under stress: the dramatic effect of stress on learning
In recent years research on the effects of stress on learning is profound, part of the rich research on the neuroscience of learning. Stress literally halts learning. The brain is wired to trigger fight or flight in stress mode. Learning is blocked. This workshop will leave you with a clear understanding of the neuroscience, the effects of stress on learning, and how to reduce stress in school. The classroom setting can either be an extended source of stress or a haven for learning. Make yours the haven.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Simmons

Susan Simmons

Susan Simmons & Associates
I have a private practice in southern California developing custom professional learning for educators in both Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT). Diverse experiences from my own unique career path have resulted in my passion for UDL & AT. I create workshops... Read More →



Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Universal E

1:00pm EDT

UDL 101
Are you new to UDL? Join us for an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During this pre-conference, leaders from the UDL-IRN and CAST will team up to provide participants with an overview of UDL. We’ll explore the UDL principles, guidelines, and the underlying research. We'll discuss how educators are intentionally designing learning opportunities to reduce barriers and meet the needs of diverse learners.

Speakers
avatar for CAST

CAST

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. The CAST team includes about 40 talented employees, including world-class educators, learning scientists, instructional... Read More →
avatar for UDL-IRN

UDL-IRN

We believe the traditional one-size-fits all model of education is outdated and broken. We believe our future is directly tied to the next generation of learners.  We believe in the power of networking all education stakeholders.Our mission is to support the design of future ready... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Universal C

1:00pm EDT

UDL Implementation for Administrators
Are you sold on UDL and ready to start implementation? Come join us for an afternoon of learning, planning, and design. Analyze your school or system’s readiness; learn about systems and infrastructure to support UDL growth; create a plan for culture change in your school. This workshop will provide you with tools (and time!) to begin building your approach to school- and system-wide improvement. Recommended audience: District leaders, school principals and administrators, and instructional coaches.

http://bit.ly/IRNsummit

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Director of Professional Learning, CAST
As Director of Professional Learning at CAST, Inc., 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 who traditionally... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Universal F

5:30pm EDT

3D PD: Blended learning for increased teacher efficacy
This session will describe the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality’s three-stage professional development framework, which attempts to promote teachers’ sense of self-efficacy by ensuring that training activities help them move from awareness of new concepts all the way through to skill application in the classroom. ICTQ’s model offers teacher-participants opportunities to develop and apply skills in Universal Design for Learning via online modules, on-site training, and classroom-based coaching. The presenter will highlight the conception, design, development, and implementation of the ICTQ model and share initial outcome data derived from two years of work in five Indiana school districts.

Speakers
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James Nelson Robinson

James has been a research associate at the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at Indiana University for over ten years. During that time, he has worked with teachers and school leaders throughout Indiana on initiatives related to collaboration, co-teaching, and instructional... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Ability Profiles: A Framework for Conceptualizing Dimensions of Ability
Every person has abilities across a multidimensional spectrum; abilities can vary within a person across these dimensions as well as between people along the same dimension. This session introduces a preliminary framework for conceptualizing dimensions of ability which we call Ability Profiles. Our purpose in developing this framework is not to categorize others, but rather to support research into existing structures that privilege those with strengths in particular dimensions or create a barrier for those with limitations in certain dimensions. Such an analysis is useful for developing inclusive and accessible curricular materials and practices.

Speakers
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Erin Scanlon

University of Central Florida
I am a postdoc in the physics department at University of Central Florida working in the field of physics education research. I earned a B.S. and M.S. in physics (from Michigan Tech and Georgia Tech, respectively) and a Ph.D. in developmental education with a specialization in mathematics... Read More →
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Jacquelyn Chini

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida
Jackie Chini is an assistant professor in the physics department at the University of Central Florida. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from Kansas State University and a B.A. in physics from Drew University. She is the Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation-funded... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Addressing Trauma and Mental Health in the Inclusive Classroom: An SEL Program Based on DBT Skills and Mental Health Literacy
Results from a research study investigating the outcomes of a universal mental health program based on Mental Health Literacy (Kutcher, Wei, & Coniglio, 2016) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills (Miller, Rathus, & Linehan, 2006) will be shared. Participants included 995 students in grades 3-12. Modules were designed based on UDL “multiple means” principles. Data was collected 3x/year related to implementation and student self-reported sense of belonging, resiliency, self-concept and classroom climate. Analyses using R for HLM indicated large effect sizes for all four variables, and themes related to resiliency, and the importance of school based social support networks. Results will be discussed in terms of implications for implementation and future research.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz

UBC
Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL,” and... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Skinner

Sarah Skinner

Grad Student, University of British Columbia
Sarah is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, studying under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Katz and Dr. Janet Jamieson. Sarah is a certified occupational therapist and consults with schools and educational programs to facilitate meaningful... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Becoming UDLers: Implementing UDL in a Rural Middle School
This poster is a case study of one small, rural middle school and their journey into UDL. This poster will present an in-depth look at how questions, thoughts, motivations and perceived barriers changed over the course of implementation during the first year. Observations, video clips, resources, and artifacts of student work will be shared.

https://sway.office.com/7k1nzfIM0UpgdCHt?ref=Link

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Canglia

Cyndi Canglia

Assistant Professor, Whitworth University
Cyndi Caniglia is an Assistant Professor at Whitworth University and has worked as a special education teacher, education specialist, and consultant over the past 26 years. Cyndi’s expertise includes implementation of MTSS, explicit instruction, and literacy instruction for elementary... Read More →
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Danielle Boyd

Special Education Teacher, Freeman Middle School
Danielle Boyd is a middle school special education teacher at Freeman Middle School in Rockford, Washington.  She is in her 8th year of teaching and has taught resource and self-contained classrooms in both elementary and middle school settings. Dani has also taught teacher preparation... Read More →



Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove
  Poster Session
  • about Danielle Boyd is a middle school special education teacher at Freeman Middle School in Rockford, Washington.  She is in her 8th year of teaching and has taught resource and self-contained classrooms in both elementary and middle school settings. Dani has also taught teacher preparation courses as an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University. She is currently in the process of earning her principal certification, and as part of her administrative internship, she is partnering with a team to implement UDL practices at her middle school.

5:30pm EDT

High School IB Teachers Consider UDL
In the past year, International Baccalaureate diploma program teachers in the Portland, Oregon area were surveyed and interviewed about their use of UDL-aligned practices. The governing organization for IB has, for nearly 10 years, endorsed and encouraged the use of UDL and UDL-aligned practices, and this work sought to understand whether that effort stimulated any response from a sampling of teachers at three comprehensive public high schools with IB programs. The study theorized that the IB program, because of how its attributes align with many best practices of implementation science, might be an optimal conduit for fostering UDL-aligned practices in high schools, where UDL has often struggled to take root. The study discovered that while teachers were generally unaware the official UDL framework, much of their work in their programs aligned clearly with the principles, guidelines and checkpoints of UDL.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Daley

Shawn Daley

Shawn Daley is a 3rd year PhD student in the Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program at Michigan State University, researching the challenges of UDL at the high school level. He has worked at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, as an associate professor of education... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Implementing The Daily 5
Our presentation will include a multimedia presentation showing teachers at various stages of implementing The Daily Five or UDL in their classrooms. This will include teacher talks, classroom observations etc.... We will also have a display depicting UDL in action. There will be examples of teacher created resources. We will be available to discuss our journey and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Drapeau

Janet Drapeau

I have been teaching at Lakeway Elementary for 20 years. I am currently the team leader of our third grade. I was introduced to UDL two years ago when a group from our district presented at a faculty meeting.  Last year I attended a conference presented by CAST in Indiana. I have... Read More →
avatar for Kasie Pilgrim

Kasie Pilgrim

I have been teaching third grade for 13 years in Northern New Hampshire. I was introduced to UDL, two years ago and became very interested.  Last year I attended a conference presented by CAST, and decided to change a few things with my teaching. With my third grade team we decided... Read More →
avatar for Donna McCusker

Donna McCusker

Teacher, Lakeway Elementary School
Donna McCusker has been an educator for twelve years and is currently teaching at Lakeway Elementary School in Littleton, New Hampshire. She earned her education degree at Shepherd University in the historical location of Shepherdstown West Virginia. Mrs. McCusker lives with her husband... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Pathway to Academic Success: development of a blended UDL Faculty Training Program
With funds provided by Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V Program, the College of Sciences at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico has developed a training program for faculty in Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  This program aims to train faculty members in the use and applications of UDL principles with and without technology. The workshops allow the incorporation of innovative strategies and methods to enhance curricula in face to face, online and blended courses. The faculty training involves face to face and online workshops with supplemental online materials that includes videos, assignments and online discussion forums for the development of an effective learning community. The faculty’s perceptions of methods used in training, including Interest and willingness to adopt UDL to support and supplement classroom instruction will be presented.

Speakers
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Myriam Quintana-Alsina

Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Myriam Quintana- Alsina is an Associate Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. During the past years dedicated to teaching in the Department of Chemistry, she has taught courses in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Reflecting on STEM lessons through a UDL lens
UDL provides us with a framework for designing accessibility across disciplines, but we must navigate the nuances that specific disciplines present. STEM courses engage learners in multiple learning contexts, such as laboratories and collaborative problem solving, creating unique challenges. In this workshop, participants will: 1) identify potential barriers to accessibility in STEM-specific teaching scenarios; 2) apply UDL principles to generate strategies that address the barriers and increase accessibility; and 3) reflect on their own curricula and/or teaching practices through a UDL lens. This session is suitable for STEM instructors at any level, school administrators, curriculum developers, and researchers.

Speakers
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Erin Scanlon

University of Central Florida
I am a postdoc in the physics department at University of Central Florida working in the field of physics education research. I earned a B.S. and M.S. in physics (from Michigan Tech and Georgia Tech, respectively) and a Ph.D. in developmental education with a specialization in mathematics... Read More →
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Westley James

Westley James has bachelors and masters in physics, and is currently working towards his PhD in physics education research. As an undergraduate, Westley worked with students as a learning assistant in a introductory physics active learning classroom. In his research he has conducted... Read More →
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Amanda Lannan

Amanda Lannan was an elementary general education and special education teacher for 14 years in Orlando, Florida. Currently, she is a PhD student in exceptional education with an emphasis on new teacher preparation at the University of Central Florida. Lannan's research is focused... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Student-developed Assessments: Designing Flexible and Engaging UDL-based Assessments for Students at an Alternative Learning Center
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports the creation of flexible and accessible assessments that challenge and motivate all students in taking active roles in demonstrating their knowledge and skills.  The session will highlight how teachers can develop  assessments that incorporate components of the UDL framework.UDL-based assessments can provide flexible options for students with disabilities and students who are at-risk in an inclusive setting.   UDL-based assessments development can give students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of content-area objectives in flexible and engaging ways. . The session will highlight how  students can be actively involved in the development of an assessment and consequently affect their motivation to participate in test-taking.

Speakers
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Jonah Nakaza-Koizumi

Special Education Teacher, Central District of Oahu, Hawaii
I am currently a special education teacher at an alternative learning center for the Central District of Oahu, Hawaii. Alongside my career as a teacher, I am also pursuing my PhD in Education with a focus in Exceptionalities.  My current interests are in UDL in assessment design... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Trauma Informed Education: Building on the Foundation of UDL
In this session we will describe trauma and its impact on the brain.  We will explore trauma as a root of mental illness.  Using a ‘trauma informed’ approach participants will learn how to expand on UDL principles to meet the needs of a broader range of students.  
We will explore the foundations of trauma informed education and give participants an opportunity to reflect on what experiences of trauma may looks like in the classroom.
 Participants will reflect on their own practices and be given concrete tools to integrate trauma informed education into their work.

Speakers
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Tracy Whitfield

I identify as a queer woman with a disability who has an MSW and additional graduate work in Critical Disability Studies. During my seventeen-year career I have worked in community mental health and education with a focus on UDL and anti-oppressive work.  I have designed technologies... Read More →
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Kate Wren

I have an MSW and am a queer woman with lived-experience in the mental health system. I have spent the last fifteen years working in the field of mental health. During my career I have worked in community mental health and now work as a counsellor and educator in a post-secondary... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

U Can’t Touch This! How UDL enabled one school to change their approach to assessment design
This presentation examines the implementation and impact of UDL on assessment design over one year in an Australian high school. Teachers were challenged to think beyond the constraints of traditional assessment practices. Time spent on identifying learner variability across a single cohort (Year 7) and working as a team to articulate the ‘big idea’ of the learning to be assessed gave teachers the freedom they needed to design more accessible assessment activities.
Insights will be shared into the challenges and successes in building and scaling teams, developing UDL expertise and determining meaningful measures of impact of UDL designed assessment activities.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Humphreys

Sarah Humphreys

Co-Founder, Inclusive Schools Australia
Sarah Humphreys is the co-founder of Inclusive Schools Australia, a collaboration bringing disability and curriculum expertise together to ensure all students have equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Universal design for learning has become a key feature of her work... Read More →
avatar for Janice Atkin

Janice Atkin

Co-Founder, Inclusive Schools Australia
Janice Atkin is the co-founder of Inclusive Schools Australia. She is a curriculum specialist in Health and Physical Education with a passion and commitment to inclusive education. Her curriculum development projects include the development of Health and Physical Education curriculum... Read More →



Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

UDL for linguistically inclusive classrooms: What we captured and what we missed
This presentation will promote the use of mission and value statement development for organizations and institutions as a method of promoting UDL integration. Often groups establish mindsets through missions and goals, which holds the potential of framing the practice of these community members. Using activities for group think around program mission statements, this talk outlines the potential outcomes as a result of collectively developing a UDL mission for organizations and institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Ying Hu

Ying Hu

PhD Student, Michigan State University
Ying Hu is a PhD student from the program of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. She also works as a senior lecturer of Chinese at the University of Vermont. Her research interests center around cognitive flexibility and context sensitivity... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

UDL, Language and Intersectionality
This session is about how discourse shapes the way we think and frame things. Thru interactive examples we will unearth individual bias towards around aspects of identity. We will demonstrate the power that common language can have in shaping the classroom experience particularly for those on the margins. This can create or remove barriers for students impacting their success or failure.

Speakers
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Carolee Clyne

Carolee Clyne supports faculty with instructional design focusing on Universal Design for Learning, while also researching faculty engagement to adopting UDL for her PhD dissertation. Carolee has been supporting faculty for over 25 years in higher education. Using her management and... Read More →
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Bill Gottschall

Bill Gottschall completed his PhD in Sociology and Communications Journalism and has been dazzling students in sociology and gender studies for over twenty years. Bill has always been involved in social justice issues. Bill has been an ally and an activist for the LGBTQ plus community... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Universal Design for Learning: Implications for Faculty Development in Higher Education
The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshops on faculty development in higher education. The design of this research draws on phenomenological principles and strategies (Dall'Alba, 2010).  The researchers adopted surveys and focus groups techniques to collect data. Data will be analyzed using thematic analysis where the research team will engage in repeated re-readings and then make lists of themes (Miles, Huberman, & Sandaña, 2006). The themes on each list will then be shared and reconciled. Limitation and implication of the study will be discussed.

Speakers
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Jingrong Pearl Xie

Dr. Jingrong Pearl Xie, currently works as Instructional Technologist at Truman State University. She has recently accomplished her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research specialization is on universal design for learning (UDL... Read More →
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Mary F. Rice

University of New Mexico


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

Validation of the UDL Associate Credential
The purpose of this project was to conduct an external evaluation of the measurement system used to score submissions provided by participants seeking the Associate Credential in UDL. Over a ten-week period, a total of seventeen participants submitted documentation of their UDL knowledge. A research team of three people utilized a constant comparative method to suggest edits to the submission directions, scoring criteria, and components. Interrater reliability across multiple raters was measured on all submissions. Recommendations were made to continue the reliability of scorers as well as to train new scorers. Recommendations are made for future applications of the measurement system.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Hunt

Cassandra Hunt

Cassandra Hunt is a third year doctoral student at the University of Kansas, studying Universal Design for Learning implementation for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Prior to joining the program, Cassandra taught students with EBD in urban public schools for three... Read More →
avatar for Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang is a doctoral student in the Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovationspecialization in the Department of Special Education, University of Kansas. Her research isfocused on the adoption of innovative instructional practices, learning environment assessment,and UDL-based... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Lowrey

Alisa Lowrey

Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi



Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove

5:30pm EDT

What increases students’ executive function? Focusing on experimental studies in South Korea
The UDL guidelines put an emphasis on providing students with various means of action and expression including options for executive functions (EFs) in class. This paper investigates how intervention research on executive functions of K-12 students has been conducted in peer-reviewed journals in South Korea for a decade (2009-2018). In order to understand the effects of EF interventions, a systematic literature review is used as a research method. The researcher used research information sharing system, RISS, which is the most widely used research database tool in South Korea. The researcher used ‘executive function’ for the search keyword. In the results, research areas, participant characteristics, research setting, and measurements are described. The study also addresses what kinds of interventions are applied and how the interventions effected to the EFs of students. The implications of this study will support educators in terms of facilitating students' EF.

Speakers
SY

Sohyun Yang

Sohyun Yang, M.S. Ed. is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Kansas. Sohyun had taught special education at high school level and instructed preservice teachers at a university in South Korea. Her research focuses are Universal Design for Learning... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Mangrove
 
Thursday, March 28
 

9:00am EDT

Welcome
Thursday March 28, 2019 9:00am - 9:40am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

9:40am EDT

My UDL Failure Resume
Speakers
avatar for Katie Novak

Katie Novak

Education Consultant
Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 9:40am - 10:00am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

10:00am EDT

Getting from Here to There
Speakers
avatar for Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez is an instructional designer, consultant, speaker and author based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a member of the CAST UDL Cadre, and... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:20am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

10:40am EDT

Do You Hear What I Hear
Speakers
avatar for Loui Lord Nelson

Loui Lord Nelson

Education Consultant
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant focused on using UDL to design learning environments and lessons that prepare learners to become expert learners. Loui held the first known UDL Coordinator position, completed her post-doctoral fellowship at CAST... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 10:40am - 11:00am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

11:15am EDT

Effective Professional Learning + UDL = Successful UDL Implementation
Efforts to facilitate a system wide implementation of the UDL Framework have been mixed. Questions on whether teacher application is truly aligned to the UDL Framework as well as challenges in measuring the impact of such endeavors has fostered uncertain outcomes. This presentation, however, features a district-wide effort to implement the UDL Framework through effective components of professional learning. Participants will learn about the essential elements of the training, aligned to the UDL principles, as well as data of teacher application in their respective classrooms. This interactive session will engage participants on what is needed to successfully implement the UDL framework across teachers, grades, schools, and at a level that impacts student development.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Craig

Stephanie Craig

Ms. Craig coached teachers and designed professional development on UDL for five years in her former school district, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana. She presents UDL and trains teachers at the state, national, and international levels and facilitates at the... Read More →
avatar for Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Professor, University of Kansas
Sean serves as a Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he has collaborated on a number of national projects focused on technology innovations. Aligning technology application within the Universal Design for Learning Framework, Sean has contributed to the... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Gold Coast I-II

11:15am EDT

Elevating Student Voice in Higher Ed. with Mid-Semester Feedback & UDL
Let’s face it, the concept of student voice hasn’t always been “a thing” in higher education. But, as universities face rapidly declining retention rates, faculty and administrators have begun to pay more attention to what students say they need in the classroom. This session shares the University of Kentucky’s data analysis of the past few years of mid-semester student voice feedback, and examines it through the lens of UDL. Be ready to brainstorm, reflect and plan next steps in this interactive workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Pusateri

Jennifer Pusateri

Universal Design Consultant, University of Kentucky
Jennifer Pusateri is the Universal Design Consultant for the University of Kentucky (UK)’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). She previously served as a Differentiation and UDL Specialist with the Differentiated Learning Branch at the Kentucky Department... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf IV-V

11:15am EDT

Getting your UDL Groove on: UDL and Culturally Responsive Instruction in Early Childhood
This session will overview the practical methods to teach young children using Universal Design for Learning principles in inclusive environments. There will be an emphasis on flexible participation, evidence-based practice, and culturally responsive instruction. A process for making decisions about apps that can support targeted standards and learning objectives, and systematically demonstrate an app's selection is connected to evidence-based instructional strategies for young children (i.e., signals, prompting, guided discovery, modeling, direct instruction, and interactive discussion) How these instructional strategies can be translated into UDL opportunities that increase access to the planned, app-supported activity for all learners will be discussed. Teachers will be provided with a set of resources that allow teachers to plan UDL culturally responsive activities and help their instruction to be more child-focused and authentic.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Blum

Craig Blum

Professor, Illinois State University
I am a Professor at Illinois State University Department of Special Education. I have presented and co-authored many papers and chapters on UDL and early childhood education. I have also co-authored two books, Instructional Technology in Early Childhood Education and Effective RTI... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal F

11:15am EDT

Implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Singapore Special Education Schools
Teachers in Singapore Special Education (SPED) schools face the challenge of designing barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments which recognises learner variability and maximises access to learning. In 2015, Ministry of Education piloted the application of the UDL framework in lesson planning for more engaged learning to take place in SPED classrooms. Subsequently, a UDL Community of Practice (COP) was developed in 2017 to continuously grow the knowledge of UDL in Singapore for SPED. This presentation will share the UDL implementation journey in Singapore and highlight examples of how UDL is implemented for different types of learners with significant disabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Yee

Cheryl Yee

Singapore Ministry of Education
I am with Ministry of Education, working in the field of Special Education (SPED). We support SPED schools in Singapore by providing guidance in the area of curriculum transformation and implementation to equip and support Curriculum Leadership Teams, which are led by School Leaders... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal D1-2

11:15am EDT

Making the UDL Case to Campus & School Leaders
Only about ten percent of K-12, college, and university courses utilize any form of inclusive design (Lombardi, Murray, & Gerdes, 2011, p. 255). Campus leaders can see Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a) benefitting only a small segment of learners; b) requiring a significant outlay of time, people, and work; and c) having a limited impact on learner outcomes. This session from the author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: UDL in Higher Education (2018) will give you use-them-tomorrow strategies to get buy-in, advocacy, and support for UDL adoption from your president, provost, principal, school board, and other institutional leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Tobin

Thomas Tobin

Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas J. Tobin is a Faculty Associate in the Distance Teaching & Learning department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally-recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in technology-enhanced education. His books include * Evaluating Online... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV

11:15am EDT

Moving Beyond Access through Intentional Design
Are you fascinated with the idea of supporting expert learning, but not sure exactly what this entails? Join Jennifer Levine, the Director of Professional Learning at CAST, for this exciting design activity. Engage with other session attendees to create a lesson that challenges ALL students to become expert learners and learn how to bring your teaching to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Director of Professional Learning, CAST
As Director of Professional Learning at CAST, Inc., 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 who traditionally... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Space Coast I-II

11:15am EDT

The Art of Learning Space: Amplifying UDL Strategies via Space Design
The spaces in which we learn – our physical environments – have profound impacts on our engagement, opportunities for action and expression, and even our means of representation. Discover how your learning environments can become more powerful in the support of UDL strategies. We will use the latest edition of the UDL: Space Design Idea Kit to offer an interactive and impactful immersion into the world of space design around UDL. Bring your team and collaborate on the future of your school(s)!

Resources

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Maass

Lauren Maass

AIA, Principal Architect, Gould Evans
As K-12 practice leader for Gould Evans’ San Francisco design studio, Lauren and her teams are actively embedding UDL concepts into education projects throughout the San Francisco region, responding to the innovative culture and progressive education stance in the Silicon Valley... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wurtzler

Sally Wurtzler

AIA, Education Design Architect, Gould Evans
With a background in both communications and architecture, Sally brings a diverse and passionate perspective to education design. As a member of Gould Evans’ National Education Studio, her talents are seen in both her project approach and her volunteer efforts in STEAM Studio, the... Read More →
avatar for David Reid

David Reid

AIA, UDL Associate, Gould Evans
David Reid, AIA, UDL AssociatePrincipal Gould Evans / Co-founder of STEAM StudioAs an architect specializing in education design, David has a deep focus on UDL, translating the learning framework into space design strategies that support educators in the classroom and beyond. His... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal C3

11:15am EDT

UDL Reporting Criteria: Your Trusted Companion for UDL Research and Implementation
Overview of the UDL Reporting Criteria
This two-part session will introduce the UDL Reporting Criteria (UDL RC), developed by the
UDL-IRN Research Committee workgroup in 2017-2018, and describe how they can be used to
design, implement, and evaluate UDL-based practices and studies. We will describe the
development and purpose of the UDL RC and present the results of a pilot study applying the
UDL RCs to existing literature. This session will highlight how the UDL RC can be used by
researchers, practitioners, journal reviewers and editors. Participants will be invited to provide
feedback on the RCs for consideration by the UDL-IRN Research Committee.

Evaluating the UDL RC with existing K-12 literature
​In the second part of this session, we will present the results of a pilot study undertaken to
apply and evaluate the criteria. A team of researchers applied the criteria to a set of existing
studies and discussed how they defined each element. We sought to evaluate the usability of
the RC by applying them to published studies of UDL in order to develop a shared
understanding and interpretation of the criteria. We will present results from this pilot study
and discuss implications for users of the UDL RCs. We will highlight key issues of definition
and interpretation when criteria are used in practice. We will also discuss implications of the
RC for practitioners, researchers, and editors who use the UDL RCs.

Speakers
avatar for Kavita Rao

Kavita Rao

Associate Professor, University of Hawai‘i
Kavita Rao is an associate 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 for non-traditional students, and technology-related strategies for... Read More →
avatar for Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Professor, University of Kansas
Sean serves as a Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he has collaborated on a number of national projects focused on technology innovations. Aligning technology application within the Universal Design for Learning Framework, Sean has contributed to the... Read More →
avatar for Anya Evmenova

Anya Evmenova

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Anya S. Evmenova is an Associate Professor in the Division of Special Education and Disability Research at the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She teaches courses in research methods, special education, assistive technology, and UDL. Her primary... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal D3

11:15am EDT

UDLA: How Los Angeles County Office of Education is Universally Designing Professional Development
This breakout session would illustrate the challenges and opportunities faced by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in its work to provide training and technical assistance to 80 school districts and 350+ charter schools, all serving over 1.5 million school children. Dr. James McKenna, founder of LACOE’s Inclusive Design unit, will explore the challenges of workplace learning, the variability of adult learners, and the design constraints imposed by cost, geography, and capacity. These challenges are being met with universally designed solutions which will be reviewed both as quick-start strategies for participants to apply as well as LACOE’s current models which can serve as worked examples. We at LACOE are still, in the words of Novak and Rodriguez, progressing towards expert practice, and we invite others to see what we’ve done, provide feedback and insight, and even join us as learning partners.

Speakers
avatar for James McKenna

James McKenna

Consultant II – Inclusive Design, Los Angeles County Office of Education



Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf II-III

11:15am EDT

BCSC Senior Projects Presentation
The Senior Project is a student-selected exploration of a topic which results in a research paper, a project or product, an electronic portfolio and a presentation, is required by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, Indiana, in order for students to receive their high school diploma. The Senior Project moves students away from departmentalized learning toward a more interdisciplinary approach. This approach is one which allows students to use a variety of skills in the areas of writing, speaking, research and documentation. The process required in completing a senior project provides the learner with multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression with the outcome being students who are purposeful and motivated,resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal directed. The Senior Project is an opportunity for students to pursue a topic of interest, while practicing "real world" skills which will be required for success beyond high school.

http://www.bcsc.k12.in.us/domain/439

Speakers
avatar for Anne Edds

Anne Edds

Senior Project Coordinator, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Anne C. Edds is the Senior Project Coordinator at Columbus East High School, BartholomewConsolidated School Corporation, Columbus, Indiana. Coordinating the Senior Project since itsimplementation with the Class of 2000, Anne continues to improve the educational experience forstudents... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Hester

Jenn Hester

Senior Project Coordinator, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Graduated Cum Laude Indiana University 1997Indiana University Chancellor’s ScholarBig Ten Scholar Athlete X-C and Track and FieldB.S. KinesiologyM.S. Educational LeadershipHigh School Teacher 21 years, coach 15 yearsBCSC Senior Project Coordinator-currentBCSC Health Teacher-cur... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal Center

11:15am EDT

Instructional Equity via the GRRUDL Instructional Framework
The presentation will include the historical evolution of equity in public education in the United States from the late 18th Century to the present. The marriage of the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional framework and the principles, guidelines and checkpoints of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports instructional equity. The integration of the GRR and UDL is referred to as GRRUDL (rhymes with "noodle"), and it is supported by research. The theoretical and research underpinnings of this marriage and the relationship to 21st Century learning will be shared. An alignment of the four components of the GRR and UDL and a GRRUDL lesson plan template will be shared. Participants will experience a lesson using the GRRUDL instructional framework. A Q&A will conclude the session.

Slide deck

Speakers
avatar for George Daniel Brown

George Daniel Brown

Allegany County Public Schools
Dr. George Daniel Brown earned his B. S. and M. Ed. from Frostburg State University. He earned his Ed. D. in 2007 from West Virginia University. He holds certifications in Administration, Social Studies, Special Education, and as a K-12 Reading Specialist in Maryland. He is currently... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf I

11:15am EDT

Social Inclusion for people with special needs
The core purpose of this discussion is to showcase, that building a social network for nonverbal individuals beyond the limitations of a signal room can increase the mental wellbeing of the person living with the disorder. Learning to communicate and having the ability to communicate feelings can reduce the risk of depression in people of all ages living with a nonverbal learning disorder.

Speakers
KC

Kevin Custer

TippyTalk
Kevin Custer is a results-oriented leader in the education technology field. He brings depth of experience, intuition and vision to helping companies identify their critical growth path.Custer offers over 20 years of experience in technology and education and is a recognized leader... Read More →
RL

Rob Laffan

TippyTalk
Father to 6-year-old non-verbal ASD girl from Limerick City in the Republic of Ireland. Through his life experience living with Autism created a unique communication platform that allows for nonverbal individuals express a desire, want or feeling by translating pictures into text... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal C1-2

11:15am EDT

Visible Classroom
Teacher development shouldn’t be an afterthought, it should be responsive, reflective and routine. Visible Classroom is a fresh new way to see your impact in the classroom. It’s personalized professional development made easy. It’s your teaching, made visible.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Hopkins

Eileen Hopkins

Executive Director, Ai-Media
Eileen Hopkins has been an Executive Director of Ai-Media since 2014. Eileen has held senior Directorships in a number of organisations including The National Autistic Society and the ASD research organisation Autistica. She has held Non-Executive Board positions with Zurich and What... Read More →
avatar for Sue Sanossian

Sue Sanossian

Ai-Media
Sue Sanossian joined Ai-Media in 2011 and is responsible for assisting the Board and company in meeting its fiduciary, compliance and corporate governance obligations. Sue is a pivotal point of contact for the Board, senior executives, external consultants, staff and industry peers... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal E

12:15pm EDT

Lunch
Thursday March 28, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

1:15pm EDT

Decaf UDL Chile in the pursuing of Inclusive Education: Experiences, successes and failures.
Through an analogy between decaf and genuine coffee, this session will illustrate how UDL has been intended to be implemented in Chile. As genuine coffee, genuine UDL is a framework that provides inclusive education, focusing in success for all, allowing each student to choose their own path for learning. Chile’s decaf UDL is a copy of genuine UDL that has caused misunderstandings among education agents and diversion in the path to Inclusive Education.

https://open.spotify.com/user/alvarezespinoza/playlist/6Ok2QkEHID66Qh8gZXt45m?si=lMjtC4oMSsqxIRBx9pj0ww

Speakers
avatar for Boris Alvarez

Boris Alvarez

Executive Director, Fellow Group LA
Executive Director of Fellow Group LA, a Latin American institution specialized in UDL. MBA from the University of Rochester, New York, USA. Master in Management for Globalization from the University of Chile. Extensive experience in Management and Planning in Education and Healthcare... Read More →


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Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal F

1:15pm EDT

Deepening UDL Practice through a "UDL Video Club"
This session shares findings from a study that explored the potential of a “UDL Video Club” to support teachers to deepen their UDL practice. The Video Club included two researchers and two fifth-grade teachers who met regularly to analyze footage from the teachers’ classrooms. Throughout the year, the teachers developed their understandings of UDL as they analyzed instructional moves and student thinking through a UDL lens. In this session, the researchers and teachers involved in this study co-present findings that reveal how the Video Club supported the teachers to leverage UDL in new ways, to reflect on instructional goals, and to increase cross-disciplinary collaboration. The researchers and teachers will then lead an exploration of the features of the Club that proved especially useful in supporting teacher learning. Finally, participants will engage in a Video Club “simulation” and reflect on the potential of this approach in their own schools and districts.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Gravel

Jenna Gravel

Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning, CAST
Jenna Gravel, Ed.D. is CAST’s Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning. Her research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements... Read More →
EO

Emily Ortiz

Teacher
Emily Ortiz, M.A., is a fifth-grade Social Studies teacher in a K-8 elementary school in an urban district in the northeast. She learned about UDL three years ago and has been actively applying the framework to her practice ever since.
avatar for Allison Posey

Allison Posey

CAST
Allison Posey leads professional learning and implementation programs projects with CAST. She works with educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research about learning into instructional practices so that all learners are able to access, integrate and become... Read More →
CR

Christina Rosenthal

Teacher
Christina Rosenthal, M.A.T., is a fifth-grade science teacher in a K-8 elementary school in an urban district in the northeast. She learned about UDL three years ago and has been actively applying the framework to her practice ever since.


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Gold Coast I-II

1:15pm EDT

PBS KIDS digital games: Taking a look under the hood and thinking about the future
Presenters will share two cases of digital learning games developed using PBS KIDS UDL guidelines for producers. The session will feature UDL, accessible design, content, and curriculum experts. It will be structured to gather ideas and share best practices with educational technologists, game designers, and anybody interested in playful learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Rodriguez

Jen Rodriguez

Director of Digital Learning, PBS KIDS
Jen Rodriguez is the PBS KIDS Director of Digital Learning and works on the development of inclusive and accessible digital content for PBS KIDS. Jen’s main focus is designing games and apps for children ages 2-8 that make an impact on learning and endeavor to close achievement... Read More →
avatar for Michael Conn-Powers

Michael Conn-Powers

Research Associate, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Dr. Michael Conn-Powers has worked in the field of early intervention for over 30 years. He is currently a Research Associate at Indiana University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Education, and Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Early... Read More →
avatar for Julie Maski

Julie Maski

Creative Technologist, PBS KIDS
Julie Maski is a Creative Technologist on the creative team at PBS KIDS. She advocates for accessibility in digital content,reviews products, and educates the team on accessible needs. On the PBS KIDS team, she designs UX and builds prototypes for children’s websites, games and... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf IV-V

1:15pm EDT

Removing Barriers to Learning: Tools to Reach All Students Through Design and Inquiry
Learn to design lessons that incorporate tools and strategies that reach all learners. This hands-on session models a teacher inquiry tool and facilitates the process as you walk through the design of engaging lessons that employ Universal Design for Learning guidelines. Walk away with empathy for students with learning and attention issues and have actionable strategies for an inclusive classroom.

Resources:
UDL one-pagers: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eQjOlBDluVAuk3okNkt1edghvKrUBCTb/view

Getting Started with UDL:
https://www.understood.org/~/media/images/categorized/educators/getting%20started%20with%20udl_final.pdf

UDL Strategy Packet:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LG50adFidjQZTSYBFl4uigMe4AS118Wd/view

Questionnaires for Connecting With Students and Caregivers
K-5 student: https://www.understood.org/~/media/images/categorized/educators/student%20interview%20k5_reworked_final.pdf
6-12 student:
https://www.understood.org/~/media/images/categorized/educators/student%20interview%20612_reworked_final.pdf
Caregiver:
https://www.understood.org/~/media/images/categorized/educators/caregiver%20questionnaire_reworked_final.pdf
Caregiver (Spanish):
https://www.understood.org/~/media/images/categorized/educators/caregiver%20questionnaire_reworked_esp_final.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Emily Art

Emily Art

Dean Fellow, Special Education, Relay Graduate School of Education
As the dean fellow of special education at Relay Graduate School of Education, Emily Art manages the development and implementation of Relay’s special education teacher preparation programs. As a former teacher and instructional leader, Emily is committed to ensuring that teachers... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin

Sr. Writer & Expert, Educators at Understood, Understood
Amanda Morin is a writer and expert for Understood.org. She helps to create and vet the content that Understood.org uses to educate and empower the millions of parents who have children with learning and attention issues. She is now working on the launch of parallel resources for... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Space Coast I-II

1:15pm EDT

UDL Implementation SIG
There are many ways in which UDL can be implemented, which is the central focus of the UDL Implementers Special Interest Group. This SIG will take on the role of gathering insight into best practices for UDL implementation. For example, with the use of a fidelity tool to provide access to a gold standard (practice profile-developed last year), organizations can begin to develop a common understanding of what the practice of UDL does and does not look like and apply it to the systematic implementation. Through scheduled networking opportunities and informal collaboration, the SIG will discuss practice-based implementation strategies, and share ideas that influence the manner in which UDL is implemented through the lens of Implementation Science, specifically the Implementation Drivers.

Speakers
avatar for Cherie Smith

Cherie Smith

Regional Consultant, Ohio’s State Support Team 6
Cherie Smith is currently working as Regional Consultant for Ohio’s State Support Team 6. In her current role she supports school 47 school districts in Region 6 in the areas of UDL, Special Education, Postsecondary Transition, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and the Ohio Improvement... Read More →
avatar for Craig Blum

Craig Blum

Professor, Illinois State University
I am a Professor at Illinois State University Department of Special Education. I have presented and co-authored many papers and chapters on UDL and early childhood education. I have also co-authored two books, Instructional Technology in Early Childhood Education and Effective RTI... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal D1-2

1:15pm EDT

UDL in Higher Education: Exploring Guidelines and Checkpoints in Existing Literature
This presentation will provide an overview of existing research-based and descriptive publications providing examples of how UDL can be used in higher education environments. Eighteen research-based and 11 descriptive articles/book chapters were reviewed using the UDL-IRN reporting criteria. A list of UDL guidelines and checkpoints was compiled to support the diverse learners in overcoming barriers associated with face-to-face and online higher education classrooms. Sample strategies will be shared and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Anya Evmenova

Anya Evmenova

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Anya S. Evmenova is an Associate Professor in the Division of Special Education and Disability Research at the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She teaches courses in research methods, special education, assistive technology, and UDL. Her primary... Read More →
avatar for Aleksandra Hollingshead

Aleksandra Hollingshead

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Dr. Aleksandra Hollingshead is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. She was born and raised in Poland and moved to the United States in 2003. Upon earning a Master degree in special education, Dr. Hollingshead worked as a special education... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Lowrey

Alisa Lowrey

Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
avatar for Kavita Rao

Kavita Rao

Associate Professor, University of Hawai‘i
Kavita Rao is an associate 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 for non-traditional students, and technology-related strategies for... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV

1:15pm EDT

UDL Research with Teachers the Classroom
Beyond the Keyboard: Implementing Speech Recognition Technology for Writing through a UDL Approach
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) creates a compelling context for teachers to integrate technology, by providing a lens to view how various features of the technology can be used to address learner preferences, and needs as well as challenges that arise from the learner’s interaction with the curriculum or environment.
This session will describe findings from a multiple case study that explored teacher experiences using speech recognition technology (SR) as part of writing instruction. The session will highlight how teachers used the UDL Design Cycle to make instructional decisions and address learner variability. UDL-based lesson plans will be shared and implications for implementing SR using a UDL approach will be discussed. Lastly, the session will describe how this study was conducted using the UDL Reporting Criteria published on the UDL-IRN website.

Universally-Designed Coaching for UDL Implementation: Meeting the Needs of All Teachers
In this session, we will share initial findings from a year-long UDL implementation study. Elementary and middle school teachers were provided with universally-designed coaching and support as they implemented UDL in their classrooms. Progress monitoring of UDL implementation fidelity informed teacher-selected implementation goals, and coaching was matched to individual teachers’ strengths, interests, preferences, and needs. Quantitative data related to teachers’ UDL implementation fidelity will be shared in addition to themes related to teachers’ coaching/support needs and preferences as they progressed toward robust UDL implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kimberly Johnson was a special education teacher in the public school system for 20 years prior to completing her Ph.D. in educational psychology and special education. In the K-12 school system, she taught elementary, middle, and high school students with disabilities in a variety... Read More →
avatar for Laura Maki

Laura Maki

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Laura Maki is an assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the director of assessment and research for the College of Education. As director, Dr. Maki shapes and facilitates accreditation and assessment process for the college and oversees the submission of external... Read More →
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Jon Pennington

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Assets School
Jon is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Assets School, a school in Honolulu serving students with learning differences. He has conducted dozens of workshops for teachers at schools around the world (e.g. Argentina, Panamá, Spain) and has delivered presentations through... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal D3

1:15pm EDT

Variability includes poverty: Plan for it
Students who have or who are experiencing poverty are in our classrooms. We know this and we want to teach them. But while we believe UDL can help us design environments that will support these students, we also need to know specific information about how the impact of poverty affects everything from students’ coping mechanisms to how they approach learning. Using case studies as well as practical ideas from the field, we will explore these relationships and investigate how suggested supports align with the UDL framework.

Speakers
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Loui Lord Nelson

Education Consultant
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant focused on using UDL to design learning environments and lessons that prepare learners to become expert learners. Loui held the first known UDL Coordinator position, completed her post-doctoral fellowship at CAST... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal E

1:15pm EDT

View from the Field: Reflection on Early School-Wide Implementation.
Learn from a school team who is going through the initial phases of UDL implementation. Understand the initial planning for implementation, the process followed, and how on-going data collection with a focus on continual improvement is supporting their journey. The panel will discuss how this public elementary school partnered with a team from the University of Kansas to engage in UDL implementation. Resources and lessons learned will be shared.

Speakers
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Howard Diacon

Principal, Sunflower Elementary School
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Cassandra Hunt

Cassandra Hunt is a third year doctoral student at the University of Kansas, studying Universal Design for Learning implementation for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Prior to joining the program, Cassandra taught students with EBD in urban public schools for three... Read More →
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Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang is a doctoral student in the Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovationspecialization in the Department of Special Education, University of Kansas. Her research isfocused on the adoption of innovative instructional practices, learning environment assessment,and UDL-based... Read More →
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James Basham

CEO, Associate Professor, UDL-IRN, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf II-III

1:15pm EDT

End of Average Space Design Challenge: A UDL Show Down!
How creative can we get with our learning spaces to better support UDL strategies? How can we move further away from designing for “the average”?  Come join us to watch the ultimate showdown! Student teams will compete against a team of seasoned UDL educators in a Junkyard Wars-style design competition to come up with the most creative and most prolific set of learning configurations using the innovative Norva Nivel furniture collection. You won’t want to miss it!

Speakers
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Lauren Maass

AIA, Principal Architect, Gould Evans
As K-12 practice leader for Gould Evans’ San Francisco design studio, Lauren and her teams are actively embedding UDL concepts into education projects throughout the San Francisco region, responding to the innovative culture and progressive education stance in the Silicon Valley... Read More →
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Sally Wurtzler

AIA, Education Design Architect, Gould Evans
With a background in both communications and architecture, Sally brings a diverse and passionate perspective to education design. As a member of Gould Evans’ National Education Studio, her talents are seen in both her project approach and her volunteer efforts in STEAM Studio, the... Read More →
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Bryan Dean

Space Futurist, NorvaNivel
Bryan Dean is a Space Futurist for Norva Nivel where he connects agile space design, progressive pedagogical approaches, and design thinking to create unique inclusive learner centered environments for all. Bryan has been working with reluctant learners in the fields of emotional... Read More →
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David Reid

AIA, UDL Associate, Gould Evans
David Reid, AIA, UDL AssociatePrincipal Gould Evans / Co-founder of STEAM StudioAs an architect specializing in education design, David has a deep focus on UDL, translating the learning framework into space design strategies that support educators in the classroom and beyond. His... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal Center

1:15pm EDT

#THINKUDL Live
#THINKUDL is a podcast created by College STAR. Our goal for this session is to tape a live episode of the podcast during the UDL-IRN session. The session will be led by our host Lillian Nave who will interview select faculty members on their experience implementing UDL into their college courses. The session will be interactive as well. We plan to a lot time for audience members to share how they implement UDL as well.

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Lillian Nave

College STAR
Lillian is the host of the popular podcast #THINKUDL.She has been teaching at Appalachian State since 2007 and has taught in the First Year Seminar program since 2009. She founded the ArtHaus Residential Learning Community and was awarded RLC Partner of the Year in 2012 for her work... Read More →
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Ruben Watson

Network Director, College STAR
Ruben Watson is the Network Director of the College STAR (Supporting, Transition, and Access & Retention) initiative at East Carolina University. In this position, he is responsible for connecting and facilitating professional development opportunities for faculty and staff members... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal C3

1:15pm EDT

Curiosity. Creativity. Culture. This. Is. UDL.
Energize! Engage! Explore! We will use a workshop approach to share our experiences, resources, and journey toward intentionally developing a primary grades learning environment that meets the needs of all students and empowers them to be expert learners. As a participant you will move among the stations and interact with us and with your colleagues. You’ll leave the session connected with like-minded colleagues and notes or access to a collaboratively-created document filled with ready-to-implement ideas and resources for developing a culture and environment of curiosity and creativity in your classroom regardless of who your students are!

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Charley Hoce

Teacher, National Trail Elementary
This. Is. Me. 35 years as an elementary teacher, starting in a self-contained classroom and ended as a reading specialist designing learning for students who struggled the most. My best years of teaching were as a team member on a fully inclusive multiage team in which we lived the... Read More →
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Joanele Hoce

Consultant, Learning EdVentures LLC
Currently a consultant coaching teams and working to design instruction and learning with a UDL mindset, my previous experiences as a team teacher in a fully inclusive multiage classroom, as a principal, and curriculum director frame my work. I've presented alone and as part of a... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf I

1:15pm EDT

Journey Mapping EdUX Research & Design
Learn about journey mapping, a technique that utilizes the powerful instruments of storytelling and visualization, as a tool in UDL-aligned education research and design. Then, roll up your sleeves and try it out on areas relevant to your own contexts.

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dyke6dA_PicELb5wePPXuO4cfMeaSXUSSl2ItCX7unk/edit?usp=sharing
Activity Playbook: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XxeaZ7ZDXCtofjocwRiuctZSCd5RcFP0ymzY1Koa5sQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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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 →
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Patti Ganley

Senior Product Development Manager, CAST
Patti Ganley’s experiences include classroom teaching, school administration, crisis intervention, and facilitating professional learning communities. She has spent her career working to improve learning for the underserved from Headstart programs to collaborating with incarcerated... Read More →
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Kevin Kent

Research Associate and Instructional Designer, CAST
As a Research Associate and Instructional Designer, Kevin works to research learning and design educational environments to support expert learning for all students. Prior to CAST, Kevin worked as a research specialist in the Science of Learning and Educational Technology (SoLET... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal C1-2

2:30pm EDT

Software design with UDL in mind
Over the last 20 years a major shift has occurred in education. Computers, and technology in general, have evolved from tools used when learning to type to something that is part of our every waking moment. For many students (and adults!) it’s the first thing they experience in the morning, the last thing they see before going to bed, and the primary tool they rely on for both productivity while at school and social interactions while away. 
While there are both positives and negatives associated with the explosion of technology, it’s hard to argue the positive impact it has provided to diverse learners. Students who speak a different language can have words instantly translated and read aloud, struggling readers can easily listen to text and access talking dictionaries and images to help with comprehension, and much more. 
Join Jason as he shares some of the improvements seen in education technology over the last few years and what software companies like Texthelp are doing to embed the principles of Universal Design for Learning into the software they are developing. 

Speakers
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Jason Carroll

Global Products Manager, Texthelp
Jason is the Global Products Manager at Texthelp, an industry leader in literacy support software. He has trained thousands on the effective use of educational technology throughout the United States and beyond since his start in education over a decade ago. His focus is on helping... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

2:50pm EDT

Implementation of UDL in elementary and middle school computer science education
What does it mean to teach K-8 computer science (CS) through the UDL framework? This UDL Talk highlights research conducted through a National Science Foundation project that is examining inclusive elementary and middle school CS instruction. This project investigates how to support teachers in using the UDL framework along with balancing explicit instruction with open-inquiry within inclusive CS education. Connections will be made between UDL-based CS education and other instructional contexts.  Findings from a study examining UDL within teachers’ lesson plans as well as coaching logs will be shared to explain the extent to which some areas of UDL were emphasized above others. Finally, implications for the future of UDL-based CS education will be shared as a means of considering how to support teachers in meeting the needs of all their learners in technology-mediated advanced instructional contexts.

Speakers
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Maya Israel

Associate Professor, University of Florida
Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Florida and research director of the Creative Technology Research lab. She researches ways of supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

3:20pm EDT

Learner-Teacher Relationships: Lessons Learned
Empowering Expert Learners through Developmental Relationships Joni Degner
Most educators who design through the UDL framework would agree that relationships are an integral part of the learning process. Unfortunately, the way we develop relationships with learners can be narrowed by our implicit biases. This talk will look at the role of intentionality in extending developmental relationships to all students, not just those we perceive to be in our ingroup. We can foster equity and social justice by intentionally designing inclusive learning environments and intentionally extending developmental relationships to all learners. Slide deck.


Confessions of a Former Teacher Mindy Johnson
Our UDL journeys are as varied as our learners. Whether we discover UDL through our work, find UDL through research, or stumble upon UDL by happenstance, we each have a unique journey worth sharing. Some are raw and complex. Others are familiar and simple. All are deeply personal. None are easy. Let’s share our imperfect stories to inspire others so no one feels like they’re on their journey alone.

Changing Students' Lives with Personalized Executive Function Mentoring Matthew Marino

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Joni Degner

UDL facilitator, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Joni Degner is a member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and a full time UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Indiana, a district nationally recognized for UDL practices and implementation. In her role as a UDL facilitator, she... Read More →
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Mindy Johnson

Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, CAST
As Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, Mindy Johnson develops and oversees a consistent digital communications strategy for all CAST online and social media outreach to promote and extend CAST’s strategic plan. Mindy co-founded #UDLchat, a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal Center

3:20pm EDT

#DitchTheWorksheet
We all have lessons in our back pockets that revolve around all learners completing the same work in the same way. It’s time to #DitchTheWorksheet to create a learning environment culture that empowers students to take charge of their own learning while maintaining and even increasing rigor. What barriers do we, as teachers, face in designing lessons for our learning environments and how can ditching the worksheets break down those barriers. We will examine learning environment culture and low-tech to full tech options for learners to utilize for their learning and how we can evaluate learners in such a culture.

Google Drive Folder

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Kelley Culp

Teacher, Bartholomew Consolidated School Consortium
Hello #UDLRockstars! My name is Kelley Culp and I am a high school English teacher by day and “the cool mom” by night. This school year will is my 14th in the classroom. I have been implementing UDL ideas in my classroom from the beginning - I just didn’t know they had a name... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal E

3:20pm EDT

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality: Exploring Immersive UDL Resources.
In the last year, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies have continued to expand in education and commercial applications. Augmented reality (AR) and (VR) applications have become common on mobile devices. In addition, to mobile devices dedicated wearable devices such the Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, and HTC Vive. New AR and VR platforms provide educators unprecedented new resources to support all learners by connecting these tools to the UDL framework. Get hands on with AR smartglasses and VR headsets and take away lists of classroom ready mobile apps to get AR and VR educational experiences to your learners. Learn how to use immersive learning tools to directly support the UDL guidelines.

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Don McMahon

Washington State University
Dr. Don McMahon was a special education teacher for 7 years and then became an instructional Co-teaching coach for general education and special education teachers. Don graduated from the Special Education Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to his... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal C3

3:20pm EDT

Creating Community, Enhancing Engagement, and Fostering Verbal Expression through a Video Discussion Platform
UDL principles and related guidelines (CAST, 2011) support curriculum, instruction and assessment that are flexible and embed options for multiple means for representation, action and expression, and engagement. This session details how the presenter piloted Flipgrid for a semester while she taught at a local community college. Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform for learning that creates community and provides deeper student understanding and engagement. The presenter will share her personal story and journey of the use of Flipgrid and students’ responses throughout an Introduction to Special Education course. The session will address how Flipgrid provided UDL flexibility to enhance the special education course through alternate means of student response and engagement. Participants will brainstorm how using Flipgrid could enrich their teaching, extend student learning, and create greater class community. Flipgrid’s features will be highlighted.

http://bit.ly/GrowEngagedLearners

Speakers
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Barbara Flanagan

Assistant Professor, Lincoln Memorial University
Dr. Barbara Flanagan is an Assistant Professor in Graduate Education at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in curriculum and instruction. Barbara has 36 years of experience in K-12 teaching, special education supervision, state... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal D1-2

3:20pm EDT

Prepare to gybe: Going against the current is a good thing!
This presentation focuses on practical UDL resources and tools that teacher educators and practitioners can demonstrate, model, and implement in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. These UDL resources and tools, that are ready to be implemented, can be integrated into classroom routines, and include a range of technology continuum from no technology to low, mid, and high technology application. Successful experiences and lessons learned while implementing these resources are shared with the audience. The audience will be encouraged to explore, discuss, and determine how these UDL resources and tools used in classroom routines can foster personalized learning and self-regulation among students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

Speakers
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Nicole Dobbins

Associate Professor of Special Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Dr. Nicole Dobbins is an Associate Professor of Special Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU). Her scholarship focuses on the effectiveness of educational strategies in inclusive classroom settings for students with disabilities, social... Read More →
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Stephanie Kurtts

Dr. Stephanie A. Kurtts facilitates inclusive practice between special and general education teacher preparation programs as well as community agencies that serve individuals with disabilities. Dr. Kurtts has presented papers on preparing preservice teachers to meet the needs of children... Read More →
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Teresa Little

EC Director/Secondary, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Dr. Teresa Little is currently an EC Director/Secondary in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Her professional experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate special education courses; supervising practicum, clinical, and student teaching experiences; and mentoring doctoral... Read More →
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Natsuko Takamae-Sells

Dr. Takemae-Sells works with students from diverse backgrounds in a secondary inclusive classroom. Her professional experience includes working with students with disabilities and their typically developing peers in inclusive settings, as well as working with teacher candidates in... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal F

3:20pm EDT

Simulate the Learning Brain
Become part of a functioning human neural network! In this session, every participant in the room becomes a neuron within the brain. Incredibly, through this simulation participant "neurons" mimic and experience first-hand how the brain learns. We will be able to experience neuro-differences in dyslexia, autism, and more. Not only does this activity deepen understanding of how the brain learns, but it enables us to reflect on how each brain is unique and learns differently.

http://tinyurl.com/Summit19BrainHandout

Speakers
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Allison Posey

CAST
Allison Posey leads professional learning and implementation programs projects with CAST. She works with educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research about learning into instructional practices so that all learners are able to access, integrate and become... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV

3:20pm EDT

UDL in Maker Spaces, Music, and Design Thinking
Like UDL? Like Maker Spaces? Like Music? Like Design Thinking?
This is 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, and leave with some awesome music mixes!!!

Speakers
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Jose Blackorby

Director of Research and Development, CAST
Jose Blackorby is the Director of Research and Development at CAST and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities for more than 20 years. He has led large-scale national studies, designed... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal D3

3:20pm EDT

UDL Space Design for Higher Ed: How are Your Collegiate Spaces Working for You?
If you’re a UDL practitioner involved in higher education, come join us to be a part of this think tank session. Our team is working with the UDL-IRN to develop a second resource for UDL space design: UDL Learning Spaces Idea Kit for Higher Education. We will share foundational ideas and thought starters, then launch attendees into exercises and interactive discussion to further explore how space design on collegiate campuses can support stronger UDL practices. Come share your strategies and insights to make this project a more valuable resource for collegiate institutions everywhere!

Resources

Speakers
avatar for David Reid

David Reid

AIA, UDL Associate, Gould Evans
David Reid, AIA, UDL AssociatePrincipal Gould Evans / Co-founder of STEAM StudioAs an architect specializing in education design, David has a deep focus on UDL, translating the learning framework into space design strategies that support educators in the classroom and beyond. His... Read More →
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Sally Wurtzler

AIA, Education Design Architect, Gould Evans
With a background in both communications and architecture, Sally brings a diverse and passionate perspective to education design. As a member of Gould Evans’ National Education Studio, her talents are seen in both her project approach and her volunteer efforts in STEAM Studio, the... Read More →
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James Basham

CEO, Associate Professor, UDL-IRN, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Gold Coast I-II

3:20pm EDT

Universal Design and Technology—Redefining Access to Create New Opportunities
The principles and guidelines of the Universal Design for Learning Instructional Framework can be applied with no technology, low technology, medium technology, or high technology; this session will connect UDL to the effective us of education technology. Participants will apply the SAMR model of ed tech to guide thinking and discussions on the effective use of use of technology in the classroom to move beyond basic substitution and augmentation, to reach effective levels of redesign and redefinition and go beyond assistive technology to universal design access that creates new opportunism for students and teachers. A common hesitancy among some teachers can be the use of technology and thinking it requires high levels of technological skills. As part of this session participants will explore several examples of ed tech that can have a measurable impact on student learning and is accessible for all teachers to utilize.

Speakers
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Debra Herburger

Senior Program Associate, WestEd
Debra Herburger is a Senior Program Associate with WestEd and has experience as a teacher leader, Special Education instructional coach, and professional development provider. Herburger provides professional development and support for teachers who are passionate about meeting the... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Universal C1-2

3:20pm EDT

Network and Learn LIVE and UDL in 15 Minutes: A Crossover Event
Speakers
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Bryan Dean

Space Futurist, NorvaNivel
Bryan Dean is a Space Futurist for Norva Nivel where he connects agile space design, progressive pedagogical approaches, and design thinking to create unique inclusive learner centered environments for all. Bryan has been working with reluctant learners in the fields of emotional... Read More →
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Sue Hardin

Universal Design for Learning Coordinator, Macomb ISD
Susan Hardin, is the Universal Design for Learning Coordinator at Macomb ISD in Michigan. She consults, designs and provides professional learning opportunities and facilitates district level support on Universal Design for Learning implementation and systems change. Susan serves... Read More →
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Loui Lord Nelson

Education Consultant
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant focused on using UDL to design learning environments and lessons that prepare learners to become expert learners. Loui held the first known UDL Coordinator position, completed her post-doctoral fellowship at CAST... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:20pm - 4:20pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

4:30pm EDT

Graduate Student Social
Graduate students from near and far, please join us as we gather to network and discuss our collective efforts to further research in UDL. Discussion of  the development of a Graduate Students Special Interest Group will take place during this time as well. Please feel free to drop in and just say hello or stay for the more formal discussion, the choice is yours. However, we believe this will be a great opportunity to connect with one another, learn, and gain some insight into the work other graduate students are doing in UDL all around the country.

Speakers
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Cassandra Hunt

Cassandra Hunt is a third year doctoral student at the University of Kansas, studying Universal Design for Learning implementation for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Prior to joining the program, Cassandra taught students with EBD in urban public schools for three... Read More →
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Haidee Jackson

Doctoral Student, The University of Kansas
Haidee Jackson is a first year doctoral student at the University of Kansas, specializing in Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovation. Currently, she is studying the effects of the physical learning environment upon the implementation of instructional design within the Universal... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Space Coast I-II
 
Friday, March 29
 

9:00am EDT

Welcome Day 2
Friday March 29, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

9:30am EDT

What is L in UDL? Examining the Neural Process of Learning to Better Support Expert Learning
This UDL talk will provide a brief overview of the need for a common understanding of learning and an explanation of why UDL requires that we conceptualize learning from a neuropsychological perspective. A definition of learning will be offered with an explanation of how starting UDL discussions with a shared understanding of learning enables practitioners and researchers to better comprehend the framework and shape empirical questions about its use.

Speakers
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Lisa Beth Carey

Assistant Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education
Lisa is the Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, a transdisciplinary educator training program that blends cognitive neuroscience, behavior science, law and policy, as well as research methods to develop leaders in the field of education... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 9:30am - 9:50am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

9:50am EDT

Climbing out of the Implementation Dip
Speakers
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Elizabeth Berquist

Coordinator of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public School District
Dr. Liz Berquist brings almost twenty years of experience in Pk-12 and higher education to her current role as Coordinator of Professional Learning for the Baltimore County Public School District (BCPS), where she designs and delivers professional learning for district leaders. BCPS... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 9:50am - 10:10am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

10:10am EDT

Captions! Access for All.
Speakers
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Eileen Hopkins

Executive Director, Ai-Media
Eileen Hopkins has been an Executive Director of Ai-Media since 2014. Eileen has held senior Directorships in a number of organisations including The National Autistic Society and the ASD research organisation Autistica. She has held Non-Executive Board positions with Zurich and What... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 10:10am - 10:20am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

10:20am EDT

Leveraging Agile Space to Champion Learner Variability
The space and environment of a classroom contains within it a multitude of opportunities. Opportunities to create, to develop community, to collaborate, and most importantly to celebrate the uniqueness of all learners. It is our belief at Norva Nivel that classroom space shouldn’t moderate variability or merely address accessibility. It is our belief that intentionally designed spaces empower variability and create new avenues of access. We believe, intentionally designed space but learners at its center and foster agility and agency. We believe the first step in discovering expert learners lies in discovering and owning your space. Please join us as we share how we are reshaping the space of classrooms and the purpose of education.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dean

Bryan Dean

Space Futurist, NorvaNivel
Bryan Dean is a Space Futurist for Norva Nivel where he connects agile space design, progressive pedagogical approaches, and design thinking to create unique inclusive learner centered environments for all. Bryan has been working with reluctant learners in the fields of emotional... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 10:20am - 10:30am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

10:40am EDT

Learning Designed
Speakers
avatar for Steve Nordmark

Steve Nordmark

COO, UDL-IRN


Friday March 29, 2019 10:40am - 11:00am EDT
Seminole Ballroom

11:15am EDT

Ask a Neuropsychologist: Understanding and Providing Options for Executive Function
In comparison with neuropsychological models of executive function (EF) which focus on multiple components of executive control and highlight the developmental nature of these skills, the design of the UDL framework potentially overemphasizes more advanced EF skills such as self-monitoring and planning, and underemphasizes the role of development and educational context. This interactive session will compare two neuropsychologically informed models (Denckla & Mahone, 2018; Gioia et al., 2002), introduce the concept of hot/cold EF (Zelazo et al.), and explicitly link these to the UDL framework. Based on pre-conference polling, active misconceptions and/or questions from educators related to EF will be addressed. Small group sessions will then actively explore the impact of these critical skills on instructional practice through case-based discussions.

Speakers
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Lisa Beth Carey

Assistant Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education
Lisa is the Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, a transdisciplinary educator training program that blends cognitive neuroscience, behavior science, law and policy, as well as research methods to develop leaders in the field of education... Read More →
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Lisa Jacobson

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Lisa Jacobson, PhD, ABPP-CN, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and co-director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). In addition to her neuropsychological clinical work and research, Dr. Jacobson trains teachers in the... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal E

11:15am EDT

Assessing UDL Implementation in Schools
Assessing Learning Outcomes in K-5 Classrooms: A UDL Implementation Case Study
In this session, the presenters will discuss the design and assessment of a UDL implementation project in a rural school district. The goals of the project included partnering with teachers to develop capacity for designing and implementing UDL-informed lessons and assessments and using multiple sources of data to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation project and to assess student learning outcomes. The presenters will discuss their methods, will share resources and reflections from the project, and will facilitate discussion and reflection among participants.

The Evolution of a UDL Implementation Fidelity Tool
Qualitative and quantitative findings from an ongoing study to validate the Universal Design for Learning - Implementation Fidelity Tool (UDL-IFT) will be shared along with information about the development of the tool including recent revisions based on YOUR expert feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kimberly Johnson was a special education teacher in the public school system for 20 years prior to completing her Ph.D. in educational psychology and special education. In the K-12 school system, she taught elementary, middle, and high school students with disabilities in a variety... Read More →
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Laura Maki

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Laura Maki is an assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the director of assessment and research for the College of Education. As director, Dr. Maki shapes and facilitates accreditation and assessment process for the college and oversees the submission of external... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal D3

11:15am EDT

Building Mindsets toward Learner Variability and Inclusive Practices
Curious about building or deepening mindsets in teachers and school leaders that invest them in welcoming all learners and building inclusive classrooms and schools? This breakout session will detail how the Learner Variability and Special Education Initiative at Teach For America develops mindsets for incoming teachers as well as staff members. This session will explore the history of ableism and its intersection with racism and other forms of oppression, ramifications on students today, different models of disability, and how we consider our own identity when it comes to ability. The session will conclude with an exploration of how the Initiative then connects Universal Design for Learning as a pedagogical framework for welcoming learner variability and incorporating inclusive practices in all classrooms and schools

Speakers
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Kate Blanchard

Managing Director, Teach For America
Kate Blanchard is the Managing Director of the Learner Variability and Special Education Initiative atTeach For America. The Initiative works to propel Teach For America staff and participants forward intheir leadership development for systems change and educational equity – particularly... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal D1-2

11:15am EDT

Do You Think Accessibility When You Select Digital Materials? Quality Indicators Are Here for You
Explore the Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies (AEM) and self-assess your school’s edtech procurement system. Quality Indicators with Critical Components for the Provision of AEM, developed by the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, guide K-12 state and local agencies, higher ed institutions, and workforce development programs in planning, implementing, and evaluating dynamic, coordinated systems for the timely provision of AEM. A comprehensive procurement system that includes accessibility can streamline the provision of AEM by addressing multiple factors, including compliance, timely delivery, written guidelines, learning opportunities, data collection, data use, and allocation of resources. Come to this session to reflect, discuss, and take away a self-assessment tool that you can bring back to your school for monitoring continuous progress.

Speakers
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Cynthia Curry

Director of the AEM Center, CAST
Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) at CAST. She works with stakeholders across preK-12, higher ed, workforce development, families, and publishing and edtech to ensure that all learners have the same access to high quality... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf IV-V

11:15am EDT

Faculty Responsiveness to Student Variability: Accessible Instruction for All
Participants will discuss Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) as a framework to meet the variable needs of students in higher education, including those in teacher preparation programs. Discussion will center around identification and refinement of UDI practices participants currently implement, as well as the inclusiveness and accessibility of those practices for all students. Benefits and barriers to use of UDI in higher education will be identified and possible solutions considered. Effective and realistic implementation of UDI in higher education, faculty supports needed for implementation of UDI, and directions for future research will be the main outcomes of this presentation.

Speakers
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Cyndi Canglia

Assistant Professor, Whitworth University
Cyndi Caniglia is an Assistant Professor at Whitworth University and has worked as a special education teacher, education specialist, and consultant over the past 26 years. Cyndi’s expertise includes implementation of MTSS, explicit instruction, and literacy instruction for elementary... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal F

11:15am EDT

From Concept to Scale: One District's Plan for Implementation
Chardon School District, in Northeast Ohio, began their UDL implementation journey with a conversation in Fall of 2017. That seed has germinated into a multi-year plan to implement UDL district wide. Beginning with the identification of a core team of teachers, led by a passionate building level administrator, and supported by central office as well as a regional consultant, the district has mapped out two years of professional learning, practice and supports for staff as they begin their personal and professional journey of understanding and implementing Universal Design for Learning in the classroom.

Speakers
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Ed Klein

Assistant Superintendent, Chardon Local Schools
Ed Klein currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for the Chardon Local Schools (Chardon, OH), where he is responsible for curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Prior to this, Dr. Klein was the Principal of Beachwood High School (Beachwood, OH), where he collaborated... Read More →
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Steve Ramos

Consultant, State Support Team
Steve Ramos is in his 21st year of education. After spending six years in the classroom, he transitioned to building administration. Serving students in rural, suburban, and urban settings for seven years as a principal helped him in his role as a regional coordinator for the federal... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf II-III

11:15am EDT

Leading for Equity: A UDL Approach to Instructional Coaching
BCPS recognizes that complex societal and historical factors contribute to the inequities our students face, and rather than perpetuating disparities, the school system must address and overcome inequity by providing all students with the opportunity to succeed. As BCPS enters its sixth year of systemic equity work we have developed coaching cohorts to assist our leaders in reflecting upon their own capacity as a leader for racial equity. UDL serves as the foundation of the design of these coaching cohorts. As a district, we are committed to utilizing the UDL framework to enhance the design and delivery of professional learning. In this session participants will learn how BCPS developed options for administrators and instructional coaches to help sustain and grow the equity vision of their school and district through 1:1 support, small group work, collaboration coaching sections and school-school visits.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Berquist

Coordinator of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public School District
Dr. Liz Berquist brings almost twenty years of experience in Pk-12 and higher education to her current role as Coordinator of Professional Learning for the Baltimore County Public School District (BCPS), where she designs and delivers professional learning for district leaders. BCPS... Read More →
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Jill Snell

Resource Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools
Jill Snell is a resource teacher in the Department of Organizational Development of Baltimore County Public Schools. By working with school-based professional development teachers, she supports the growth and development of teachers in the district’s 175 schools. As a champion of... Read More →
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Nikki Norris

Principal, Prettyboy Elementary School
Nikki Norris is currently the Principal at Prettyboy Elementary School for Baltimore CountyPublic Schools (BCPS) in Baltimore, Maryland. She served as the Principal at LansdowneMiddle School during the Gates Foundation UDL implementation project as well as the TowsonUniversity Presidential... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Gold Coast I-II

11:15am EDT

One university’s assessment of faculty and students’ mindsets and implementation of Universal Design for Learning
This presentation provides data collected via surveys of university faculty and students at the University of North Florida. The survey assessed faculty and student perspectives and use of Universal Design for Learning in the university classroom. Concepts explored include instructional styles, perceived accessibility, and mindsets of both groups. Data presented will also connect with current trends and practice as it relates to Universal Design for Learning integration in higher education.

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Speakers
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Suzanne Ehrlich

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida
Suzanne is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology, Training and Development program at the University of North Florida. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of e-learning integration during her 17 year career as an interpreter educator. Her... Read More →
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Jennifer Kilpatrick

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida
Jennifer is an assistant professor at University of North Florida where she teaches Deaf Education, Exceptional Student Education, Literacy Education, TESOL, and ASL courses. She has taught deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students, as well as students with varying exceptionalities... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV

11:15am EDT

Understanding Micro-Credentials in UDL and Beyond
This session is designed to provide an overview of micro-credentials across the U.S. education system.  Presenters will give participants an understanding of what micro-credentials are, how they work, and discuss the development of micro-credentials.  Finally, participants will learn more about the development the UDL micro-credentials and role of Learning Designed in supporting UDL micro-credentials and beyond.

Speakers
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James Basham

CEO, Associate Professor, UDL-IRN, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning... Read More →
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Steve Nordmark

COO, UDL-IRN
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Richard Carter

Professor, University of Wyoming


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Space Coast I-II

11:15am EDT

Creatively Engaging Students
How do I engage my students in learning? Aleksandra Hollingshead
Have you struggled with designing engaging instruction for students with severe cognitive disabilities? Have you wondered how cultural and linguistic differences impact student’ engagement at schools? In this presentation we will connect research findings with practical solutions for creating engaging learning experiences for diverse population of students.


Expressing Scientific Comprehension Through Creative Expression Nicole Osier
A crux of universal design for learning (UDL) is flexibility in approaches for students to demonstrate what they know. However, barriers remain especially in pre-licensure majors (e.g. nursing). The purpose of this presentation is to highlight how Dr. Osier developed and implemented a creative assignment consistent with UDL principles; a diverse array of creative submissions to date will be shared during the TED-style talk, including: songs, comedy, poetry, videos, jewelry, quilts, clothes, paintings, and a yoga flow. These assignments are individually graded, and if a talent release form is signed, students are eligible for inclusion in the bet-of-the-semester talent show. Not only do students express valuing this flexibility in assignment topic and submission format, they report enjoying learning from and about their peers. The assignment has led to a TED-style talk at Dr. Osier’s university and has been expanded to a stand-alone freshman signature course for Fall 2019.

Defy Expectations Allison Posey
In this talk, we will explore some incredible stories that demonstrate the power of the brain and share implications for practice. Slide deck.

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandra Hollingshead

Aleksandra Hollingshead

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Dr. Aleksandra Hollingshead is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. She was born and raised in Poland and moved to the United States in 2003. Upon earning a Master degree in special education, Dr. Hollingshead worked as a special education... Read More →
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Nicole Osier

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Nicole (Nico) Osier is a PhD and post-doctorally prepared nurse Scientist. Dr. Osier holds joint appointments in the School of Nursing and Dell Medical School Department of Neurology. Dr. Osier’s program of research focuses on exploring the molecular and genomic underpinnings... Read More →
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Allison Posey

CAST
Allison Posey leads professional learning and implementation programs projects with CAST. She works with educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research about learning into instructional practices so that all learners are able to access, integrate and become... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal Center

11:15am EDT

25 Technologies That Will Change Your Life in Special Ed
This interactive session will provide an inside look at the 25 most innovative technologies and tools that are transforming special education. An overview of the top assistive technologies from around the world will provide a big-picture view of the new possibilities that are available to individuals with disabilities and those who work with the differently abled. The top technologies were selected because of their practical usage and simplicity of implementation by educators working from a realistic school budget.

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Kevin Custer

TippyTalk
Kevin Custer is a results-oriented leader in the education technology field. He brings depth of experience, intuition and vision to helping companies identify their critical growth path.Custer offers over 20 years of experience in technology and education and is a recognized leader... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal C1-2

11:15am EDT

A virtual tour of the Algiers STE(A)M Center - the UDL lens
Participants will be able to travel to Algeria and explore applications of UDL in the Algiers STE(A)M Center. World Learning, Inc created the Center with funders DOW Chemicals, Boeing Aeronautics and Anadarko Algeria Company in order to unlock STE(A)M education for students of all abilities in Algeria. UDL in STE(A)M Teacher Training graduates will virtually guide participants through teacher training activities as well as workshops for youth such as coding, design thinking, robotics, and virtual reality. World Learning Algeria staff, Leah Bitat and Mohamed Abdelaziz will physically guide activities, with STE(A)M mentors in Algeria interacting with participants via remote linkages

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Mohamed Abdelaziz

Education Project Manager, World Learning
Mohamed Abdelaziz holds both an MD and a Masters of Arts in English Literature. He has developed educational programs with World Learning Algeria for 6 years and is the founding coordinator of the Algiers STE(A)M Center. He is a certified TESOL Trainer for the School for International... Read More →
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Leah Bitat

Country Representative, World Learning Algeria
Leah Bitat is the Country Representative of World Learning Algeria as well as the Director of Teacher Training at the Aures School in Algiers. Leah completed her Ed.M in Risk and Prevention at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has been a teacher, special education administrator... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf I

11:15am EDT

Designing for the variability of introverts and extroverts
The social-emotional needs of students are a crucial component when designing an accessible and flexible, barrier-free environment. Within that realm of social-emotional needs are the experiences of introverts and extroverts. Do you know what the recognized traits are? Do you know how to design an environment that supports learners along that continuum? Do you believe learners (or you) are stuck at one end of the continuum? Come join the conversation with Mindy and Loui and let’s do some design thinking!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/not-an-introvert-not-an-extrovert-you-may-be-an-ambivert-1438013534

Speakers
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Mindy Johnson

Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, CAST
As Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, Mindy Johnson develops and oversees a consistent digital communications strategy for all CAST online and social media outreach to promote and extend CAST’s strategic plan. Mindy co-founded #UDLchat, a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused... Read More →
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Loui Lord Nelson

Education Consultant
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant focused on using UDL to design learning environments and lessons that prepare learners to become expert learners. Loui held the first known UDL Coordinator position, completed her post-doctoral fellowship at CAST... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Universal C3

12:15pm EDT

Lunch
Friday March 29, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom

1:15pm EDT

A Future Filled with UDL- One Middle School's Vision
Is Universal Design for Learning in your future? The principal and teachers of A. I. Du Pont Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, along with the ACCESS Project of the University of Delaware, are on their second year of UDL implementation. In this breakout session, teachers, principal, and ACCESS Project team members will share the process of implementing UDL school-wide by sharing accomplishments and barriers along the way, and how their vision for the middle school has transformed the school. Participants will participate in question and answer break-out sessions with the teachers, principal and ACCESS Project team, as well as have time to plan for a future filled with UDL.

https://padlet.com/accessproject/cum7qr35ervv

Speakers
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Amy Brown

Instructional Coach, (ACCESS) Project at the Center for Disabilities Studies
Amy is an Instructional Coach for the Adapting Curriculum and Classroom Environments for Student Success (ACCESS) Project at the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware. She provides professional development and technical assistance to general education, special... Read More →
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Esley Newton

Instructional Coach, (ACCESS) Project
Esley is an Instructional Coach for the Adapting Curriculum and Classroom Environments for Student Success (ACCESS) Project at the Center for Disabilities Studies-University of Delaware. She provides professional development and technical assistance to special educators and administrators... Read More →
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Susan Huffman

Principal, Alexis I du Pont Middle school
Susan is in her third year as principal of Alexis I du Pont Middle School.  As principal of a Title 1 school that has been through several cycles of school improvement, Susan has focused on implementing systems and supports that research shows will lead to change.  She formed a... Read More →
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Dawn Downes

Teacher, Alexis I. duPont Middle School
Dawn is an 8th grade teacher and PLC facilitator at Alexis I. duPont Middle School in Wilmington, DE.  In that role she spends about 70% of her time teaching English and reading intervention classes and 30% of her time planning and facilitating grade level PLC teams.  She has taught... Read More →
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Steve Jackson

Instructional Math Coach, AI DuPont Middle School
Steve is an instructional math coach at AI DuPont Middle School. He provides assistance to the math teachers for grades 6-8 such as lesson planning, co-teaching, brainstorming about various levels of support for students in need, performing periodic observations and then providing... Read More →
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Monique Taylor-Gibbs

Teacher, Alexis I. DuPont Middle School
Monique Taylor-Gibbs is an 8th grade English Language Arts and Lead UDL teacher at Alexis I. DuPont Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware for the second year. She has been an educator for 18 years, specializing in the promotion of building authentic relationships to manifest student... Read More →
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Victoria Garvey

Teacher, A.I. DuPont Middle School
Vicky is a seventh and eighth-grade math and English as a Second Language teacher at A.I. DuPont Middle School in Delaware. She is a member of the Building Leadership Team and is a team leader for the EL department. She joined the Universal Design for Learning Initiative this year... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf II-III

1:15pm EDT

Breaking down the myth of average in the land down under – soft peaks to softball
Inspired by adjustable aircraft seats (Rose, 2013), dinner parties (Novak, 2016) and bowling (Moore,2016) we created a UDL analogy using the familiar process of making a meringue. We further explored how the key messages from that analogy could be applied to lesson design from the Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education. The process of developing these videos highlighted the importance of having a clearly articulated ‘big idea’ (Wiggins, McTighe, 2005) so that designing for multiple means of engagement, representation and action did not result in a detour from the intended learning outcome.

https://inclusiveschools.com.au/udl-irn-summit-2019-orlando-florida/

Speakers
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Janice Atkin

Co-Founder, Inclusive Schools Australia
Janice Atkin is the co-founder of Inclusive Schools Australia. She is a curriculum specialist in Health and Physical Education with a passion and commitment to inclusive education. Her curriculum development projects include the development of Health and Physical Education curriculum... Read More →
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Sarah Humphreys

Co-Founder, Inclusive Schools Australia
Sarah Humphreys is the co-founder of Inclusive Schools Australia, a collaboration bringing disability and curriculum expertise together to ensure all students have equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Universal design for learning has become a key feature of her work... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Space Coast I-II

1:15pm EDT

Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education: You Can Be the Change!
Do we really recognize or understand our own implicit biases and the impact they leave on our students? Participants will examine scenarios that will challenge them to grapple with real issues in school settings. Viewing these scenarios through the lens of UDL, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how to be cognizant of how we view our students, how we can advocate for equity, and how we can be a disruption to the marginalization in our schools.

Google Folder

If you would like access to the posters used during this presentation, please contact Stephanie at craigsl@ku.edu

Speakers
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Stephanie Craig

Ms. Craig coached teachers and designed professional development on UDL for five years in her former school district, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana. She presents UDL and trains teachers at the state, national, and international levels and facilitates at the... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal F

1:15pm EDT

ISMART! Learn About UDL Applied in Assessments
Are you interested in UDL and assessment? Come learn about how UDL is being used to create
innovative assessments to improve both assessment and instruction. What is ISMART other
than a clever name? ISMART is a project based on Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) which is an
alternate assessment in use in 19 states for students with the most significant cognitive
disabilities. DLM is a unique assessment based an extensive learning map that includes
multiple pathways of skills required for success in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics,
and science in grades 3 through high school. ISMART extends DLM by: (1) developing and
prototyping innovative items and testlets that measure students’ knowledge and skills in science
using Evidence Center Design (ECD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and (2)
developing an innovative digital teacher dashboard that provides feedback on individual student
performance on the testlets, including recommendations for instruction and just-in- time
assessment literacy supports to facilitate appropriate interpretations and uses of results.

In this session, you will see our approach to using UDL generally, as well as introducing student
choice. You will have an opportunity see the items and consider how to apply them in your own
context. In addition, we will present the teacher dashboard, built using UDL principles to help
teachers see student progress and mastery and to support instructional decisions. You will
contribute to next iterations of ISMART as well as new applications for the approach. You will
learn that assessment can be fun!!!

Speakers
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Jose Blackorby

Director of Research and Development, CAST
Jose Blackorby is the Director of Research and Development at CAST and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities for more than 20 years. He has led large-scale national studies, designed... Read More →
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Russell Swinburne Romine

Associate Director, University of Kansas
Russell Swinburne Romine is the Associate Director of ATLAS (Accessible Teaching, Learning,and Assessment Systems) at the University of Kansas. He leads teams that develop research-based learning map models and map-based assessments, including the Dynamic LearningMaps Alternate Assessment... Read More →
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Meagan Karvonen

Director of ATLAS, University of Kansas
Meagan Karvonen is the Director of ATLAS (Accessible Teaching, Learning, and AssessmentSystems), a center at the University of Kansas that incorporates universal design for learning inresearch, development, and operational projects ranging from large-scale alternateassessments for... Read More →
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Bob Dolan

Senior Innovation Scientist, CAST
Bob Dolan, Senior Innovation Scientist at CAST, applies his expertise in neuroscience, learningscience, assessment, instructional design, UX design, and programming to the challenge ofproviding students with flexible and effective learning opportunities and teachers with theresources... Read More →
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Cara Wojcik

User Experience / Instructional Designer
Cara Wojcik is a User Experience / Instructional Designer creating intuitive experiences foreducators and students interfacing with technology. A former middle school art teacher, shecentered her curricular development on the belief that, when students are given the opportunityto... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV

1:15pm EDT

Leveraging Technology to Remove Barriers (Not Create Them)
Students are noticeably different in the ways in which they can be excited to learn. Some students enjoy working alone, others prefer to work in groups. Some thrive with routine while other prefer change. While there is not one means of instruction or technology that will be optimal for all learners in all learning environments, technology can be a powerful tool to provide options for all learners. Edtech tools are more easily available to students and teachers than ever before-which would lead one to think this would automatically produce improved learner outcomes. However, in a world of iPads, chromebooks, learning management systems, and a billion dollar educational technology industry, it is easy to get enticed and hurry to use technology tools that promise to improve learner outcomes and tout their ability to profoundly engage the digital natives in our classrooms. <span>While technology can power our learning, without the UDL framework as a guide, it is a tool without a purpose and a potential source of disengagement for learners.</span> This session explains the importance of using UDL as a research-based method for applying classroom technologies, steps for successful technology incorporation, and examples of how teachers can use specific tools to enhance the learning environment to engage learners rather than disengage them. Attendees will see how teachers in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation leverage technology to engage and remove barriers for learners and specific tools used to do so through teacher examples, student testimonials, and model lesson exemplars.

Slideshow: http://bit.ly/utilizetech19
Planning Sheet/Template: http://bit.ly/UDLtechpaper1
Tech Tools Resource: http://bit.ly/UDLtechtools19

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Brenny Kummer

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
I am the new Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC). For three years, I was a social studies teacher in both the high school and middle school levels in BCSC in Columbus, Indiana. I am a former BCSC K-12 student and Indiana University... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf IV-V

1:15pm EDT

UDL Research: Current Trends
Moving Beyond What We Think We Know.  A Review of UDL Research
Universal Design for Learning is a framework for designing and optimizing teaching and learning based on scientific insights into how people learn. In this presentation, we describe selected findings from our review of 123 peer-reviewed papers, published between 2000 and 2019, that investigated the use of UDL in early childhood through postsecondary education settings. Highlights of our results include the finding that, despite the intention of UDL as a framework for all learners, UDL research studies are concentrated in journals targeted to special educators. The quantity and quality of research about UDL have consistently increased over time. The nature of research questions asked and the methods are dependent on the characteristics of participants and the educational contexts in which studies are conducted. Furthermore, this analysis shows there are significant differences in the underlying conceptualizations of UDL, suggesting that broad generalizations about the impact and efficacy of UDL are not likely to be productive. Implications for future UDL research are discussed.

Voices of experts in research on Universal Design for Learning
Over last twenty years, Universal Design Framework and its understanding have considerably evolved. In this research project, we interviewed 19 experts in research on UDL. The group of participants consisted of experts conducting current research on UDL as well as those with historical background in UDL. This is a second part of the data set presented at 2018 UDL IRN summit. The findings focus on experts’ perspectives on priorities in UDL research, measurement of UDL implementation outcomes, and future goals.

Speakers
avatar for Alisa Lowrey

Alisa Lowrey

Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
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Aleksandra Hollingshead

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Dr. Aleksandra Hollingshead is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. She was born and raised in Poland and moved to the United States in 2003. Upon earning a Master degree in special education, Dr. Hollingshead worked as a special education... Read More →
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Kathy Howery

Educational Consultant
Kathy Howery is an educational consultant and a sessional lecturer at several Alberta universities. Kathy has published in the area of UDL and students with significant intellectual disabilities, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In addition Kathy has co-authored several... Read More →
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Cindy Okolo

Professor, Michigan State University
Cindy is a professor of Special Education at Michigan State University (MSU), where she is also a member of the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology faculty. Her research focuses on technology and literacy, and how UDL and AEM can support improved outcomes for students... Read More →
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Julie Brehmer

Julie is a doctoral student in Special Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on the area of literacy instruction for students with high incidence disabilities, with a specific interest in poetry. Julie. is also a middle school special education teacher... Read More →
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Shawn Daley

Shawn Daley is a 3rd year PhD student in the Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program at Michigan State University, researching the challenges of UDL at the high school level. He has worked at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, as an associate professor of education... Read More →
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Ying Hu

PhD Student, Michigan State University
Ying Hu is a PhD student from the program of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. She also works as a senior lecturer of Chinese at the University of Vermont. Her research interests center around cognitive flexibility and context sensitivity... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal D3

1:15pm EDT

Universal Design for Learning: A case for Multiple Means of Implementation (aka Guerrilla Tactics)
This session will focus on fostering high-quality UDL personnel preparation and professional development. It will illustrate real world UDL implementation success at district and school levels as well as provide insight into some of the barriers encountered.
We talk a lot about multiple means in Universal Design for Learning. Multiple means of Action and Expression, Multiple Means of Engagement, Multiple Means of Representation. This session shall strive to extend that concept to Multiple Means of Implementation by targeting three separate educational institutions (one district, one community school and one early college high school) in Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX as they strive to provide high-quality UDL personnel preparation and professional development in non-traditional forms. Caution: Some of the ways of implementing UDL have bordered on guerilla tactics.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ehlers McCuller

Lisa Ehlers McCuller

Came out of research laboratory into an education career of 27+ years with emphasis on assistive technology, learning technology, and Universal Design for Learning. Currently working at an early college high school which focuses on STEM and Medical. Main duties involve supporting... Read More →
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Jessica McKay

UDL Facilitator, Ysleta ISD
Jessica McKay is a Board Certified Music Therapist and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 11 years supporting both students and educators in the area of assistive technology. Jessica is a UDL facilitator for multiple campuses at Ysleta ISD participating in their... Read More →
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Lou Ann Rosario

Program Manager, Education Service Center Region 19
Lou Ann Rosario, M.Ed. has 37 years experience in the field of Special Education both at the K-12 and Higher Education levels. For the last 25 years she has worked at Education Service Center Region 19 in El Paso, Texas as a program manager in the Special Education Division. In her... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Gold Coast I-II

1:15pm EDT

Using Implementation Science Measurement Strategies in District and School UDL Initiatives
This session will present the elements and data collection tools of implementation science and demonstrate their use in effectively implementing and measuring fidelity of implementation for district initiatives such as UDL. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their current projects and the ways in which they are currently gathering and using implementation data, and review the use of implementation science tools and processes for application with their district initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Cole

Sandi Cole

Director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University
Dr. Sandi Cole is the Director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. Prior to joining the university, Dr. Cole spent 22 years as a public school teacher and administrator at both the elementary... Read More →



Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal D1-2

1:15pm EDT

We Are Pleased to Announce the Marriage of UDL and CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics 6-12)
UDL is applicable across contexts, even in curriculum that is more structured or scripted in nature. Following the process of identifying barriers in the curriculum and using UDL as the solution, results in lasting foundation in any curriculum. Join us as we share our story about how UDL and CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics 6-12) became united. Through collective teacher efficacy and Professional Learning Communities, UDL and CPM continue to be happily married to one another.

Presentation: http://bit.ly/UDLIRN19WED 
Resource: http://bit.ly/UDLIRN19WEDDING

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Schiefelbein

Kimberly Schiefelbein

UDL Coach/Facilitator, Oconomowoc Area School District
Kim Schiefelbein is the UDL Coach/Facilitator for the Oconomowoc Area School District in Oconomowoc, WI. Kim has been in the field of Education for 18 years, with the last 6 years focusing on Coaching Teams and developing professional development to build capacity in UDL implementation... Read More →
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Kerry Robbins

6th grade Learning Strategist, Oconomowoc Area School District
Kerry Robbins has been a special education teacher for 24 years. Currently she is a 6th grade Learning Strategist (Special Ed. Teacher) in the Oconomowoc Area School District. She co-teaches CPM (College Prep. Mathematics) within two 6th grade classrooms and is a District Math Leader... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Fleischfresser

Lauren Fleischfresser

Teacher, Oconomowoc Area School District
Lauren Fleischfresser is in her third year teaching math, science and social studies in sixth grade at the Oconomowoc Area School District. Lauren is a Math Leader for her grade and is on the District Math Design Team. She is AVMR 1 certified in order to help meet the needs of students... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal E

1:15pm EDT

Professional Learning and UDL
Advice Not Given: Building Inclusive Professional Learning Communities Sue Hardin
The critical need to effectively address diversity in the classroom means UDL is more vital now than ever before. Yet for some educators, getting started with UDL can feel overwhelming. How UDL leaders respond to the concerns of educators who are struggling during the Integration Phase of UDL adoption is critical to implementation success. We need to ask ourselves some important questions. Are we really listening and offering support when educators express their frustration with the complexities of UDL? Are we too quick to dismiss educators with a “Nope, it’s not UDL yet” when they are still learning about the framework? Have we created a “rockstar” mentality that feels exclusive and unwelcoming? In this collaborative session, we’ll explore how our implicit biases influence UDL adoption. We’ll examine ways to apply what we know about learner variability to build professional learning communities that harness teachers’ passions, celebrate educator diversity and capitalize on small, incremental change. Together, we’ll explore how professional learning, co-designed to honor teacher agency, and built with multiple on-ramps, provides all educators a path to UDL implementation.

Professional Learning Turned Inside Out Susan Shapiro
Leaving one's school to attend a conference is the most common model for professional learning, but is it the most effective means for improving one's practice? Our work this year with educators in the  New Hampshire UDL Innovation Network has convinced me that there might be a better way --- get the sub, but stay at school!  Based on the Instructional Rounds (IR) process developed by Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel, our Professional Learning team at CAST has been facilitating a process that engages teams of educators in a self-study of school-wide instructional practices as one means for implementing the UDL framework. This modified-IR process has turned professional learning inside out! Unlike a traditional model in which an educator finds expertise at a conference, then works independently to set professional goals and implement new ideas to practice, this model supports teams to find expertise, set goals, and implement new ideas by observing and analyzing their own work. Come here what CAST has been learning about professional learning.

Does your professional learning pass the coffee test? Sung Park
New motivators and structures for modern professional learning may not necessarily be as effective as we assume. Sung Park shares insights learned from engaging educators in professional learning within Caifornia’s equity performance program that includes UDL Credentialing from UDL-IRN.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Hardin

Sue Hardin

Universal Design for Learning Coordinator, Macomb ISD
Susan Hardin, is the Universal Design for Learning Coordinator at Macomb ISD in Michigan. She consults, designs and provides professional learning opportunities and facilitates district level support on Universal Design for Learning implementation and systems change. Susan serves... Read More →
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Susan Shapiro

Implementation Specialist, CAST
As an Implementation Specialist at CAST, Susan partners with educators to implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to practice. Prior to this position, Susan was on the faculty at Plymouth State University where she designed and coordinated a graduate teacher certification... Read More →
avatar for Sung Park

Sung Park

Sung Park is an Inclusion Training Specialist in the Inclusion Collaborative department at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  He provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development to district and community partners to support quality inclusive learning... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal Center

1:15pm EDT

Accessibility Makeover of Your Documents, Images, and Video
Be inspired to make your self-created documents, graphics, and videos accessible to all learners. The POUR model from the W3C will be used as a guide you can use for creating your own accessible educational materials. The four principles of POUR: Perceivable means that learners can see and hear the content presented in a material; Operable means that learners can interact with the content with a variety of tools; Understandable means that learners can understand the content and enjoy a predictable experience; and Robust means that the content works well with current and future technologies. The AEM Center tool, Designing for Accessibility with POUR, which includes tutorials for specific skills related to each principle, will be used as a resource. Common examples of teacher-created materials will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR-aligned accessible versions. Bring a material of your own to practice an accessibility makeover!

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Curry

Cynthia Curry

Director of the AEM Center, CAST
Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) at CAST. She works with stakeholders across preK-12, higher ed, workforce development, families, and publishing and edtech to ensure that all learners have the same access to high quality... Read More →
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Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez is an instructional designer, consultant, speaker and author based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a member of the CAST UDL Cadre, and... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Sun & Surf I

1:15pm EDT

From Silos to Systems: Getting Started with Scaling UDL in Higher Education
Higher education has a unique landscape that influences the methods of implementing and scaling UDL. In this workshop, we will network to collaborate with others in higher education who are working towards implementing UDL into their systems, practices, and thinking. From my research, I present a five-level model of UDL implementation in higher ed from the preparation level to the university-structural support level. Participants will be given opportunity to understand where they/their campuses are at present, and identify strategies for moving to the next level of implementation. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to network and create a community of practice to support one another in our common objectives moving forward.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmG_uTEFTKk&t=3s&ab_channel=EricMoore

Speakers
avatar for Eric Moore

Eric Moore

UDL and Accessibility Specialist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Eric is a professional educator who has served as a teacher in middle and high school settings on three continents. Currently, he serves as a UDL and accessibility specialist for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also conducts private consulting through his consultancy Innospire.org... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Universal C3

2:30pm EDT

Summit Closing
Speakers
avatar for James Basham

James Basham

CEO, Associate Professor, UDL-IRN, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning... Read More →
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Bryan Dean

Space Futurist, NorvaNivel
Bryan Dean is a Space Futurist for Norva Nivel where he connects agile space design, progressive pedagogical approaches, and design thinking to create unique inclusive learner centered environments for all. Bryan has been working with reluctant learners in the fields of emotional... Read More →
avatar for Joni Degner

Joni Degner

UDL facilitator, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Joni Degner is a member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and a full time UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Indiana, a district nationally recognized for UDL practices and implementation. In her role as a UDL facilitator, she... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Seminole Ballroom