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Thursday, March 30
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday March 30, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Welcome
Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Palms Ballroom A-D

9:30am

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the UDL Connection (* streaming available)
Come learn more about the vital relationship between UDL and culturally responsive teaching. In the UDL framework, we account for what our students know by activating and/or providing necessary prior knowledge. Students' funds of knowledge is how and why they know what they know, which comes from their cultures, families, and communities. When teachers understand the complexities of culture and access and honor students' funds of knowledge effectively, we can provide not only multiple, but more meaningful means of engagement, representation, and action and expression.

Speakers
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 on the national stage for UDL practices and implementation. Prior to becoming a UDL facilitator, she was a high school English teacher for BCSC. In her role as a UDL facilitator, she designs professional development in Universal Design for Learning and Cultural... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 9:30am - 9:48am
Palms Ballroom A-D

9:50am

#UDLrockstars and the Culture of Sharing (* streaming available)
UDL has an image problem. We’re still not very good at explaining and inspiring those outside of our immediate UDL circles. How do we spread the UDL message effectively while addressing misconceptions and allowing the framework to evolve as we learn? #UDLrockstars do this daily, and we need to be rockstars, too. Find out what makes #UDLrockstars so effective, how to do what they do, and why more #UDLrockstars are essential to the UDL movement.

Speakers
avatar for Mindy Johnson

Mindy Johnson

Instructional Designer, CAST
Mindy Johnson is an Instructional Designer, Social Media, and Communications Strategist at CAST and is a former high school special educator and former instructor for the Boston Museum of Science's Overnight Program. At CAST, she provides knowledge and expertise in UDL implementation, professional learning, social media, website development, online tools and learning environments, and gameful design in education. She is a seasoned presenter... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 9:50am - 10:08am
Palms Ballroom A-D

10:10am

Idea Smash
Thursday March 30, 2017 10:10am - 10:40am
Palms Ballroom A-D

10:40am

Exploring Design and Systemic Change (* streaming available)
How do you work with school districts to implement initiatives like Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction, personalization, response to intervention, problem solving, and a multi-tiered system of supports? For me it is a matter of design. We look at the educational system we want to affect, and consider the design elements of these initiatives that can contribute to systemic change. This talk will examine an example design of integration that brings all of these initiatives together, and explore some reasons why the concept of design is critical to our work.

Speakers
avatar for David Davis

David Davis

Technology Coordinator, PS/RtI Project, USF
David Davis is the Coordinator for the Technology Learning & Connections (TLC) Team, a part of Florida’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Projects and the PS/RtI Project at the University of South Florida. The TLC Team provides services and resources to support the infusion of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, instructional technology, Universal Design for Learning, and virtual instruction/assessment within an... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 10:40am - 10:58am
Palms Ballroom A-D

11:00am

Capture, Don't Compress: Operationalizing UDL Meaningfully (* streaming available)
Researchers have the long-term struggle to operationalize UDL as a variable in research. Likewise, many of us practitioners have been frustrated by the mishandling of UDL by those who misrepresent it, especially in PD sessions. Why is it so difficult to operationalize UDL? In this talk, I will explore that question and offer a possible solution for discussion, borrowing from postmodern theory and allowing for a new way of operationalizing that may meet the needs of both research and practice. Participants will be invited to sound off and dialogue during and after this interactive talk.

Speakers
avatar for Eric J. Moore

Eric J. Moore

UDL Specialist, University of Tennessee
Eric Moore has taught for over a decade with experience ranging from middle school to higher education (teacher preparation) in the United States, Indonesia, and South Korea. He specializes in instructional design and is currently finishing his PhD in inclusive education at the University of Tennessee. He also serves on the leadership team with the IRN, consults with the UTK Office of Instructional Technology, conducts professional development... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 11:00am - 11:18am
Palms Ballroom A-D

11:20am

Idea Smash
Thursday March 30, 2017 11:20am - 11:30am
Palms Ballroom A-D

11:30am

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday March 30, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Palms Ballroom A-D

12:45pm

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: Connecting Emerging Technologies to UDL (* streaming available)
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality a(VR) re new technologies that are becoming common in commercial activities such as gaming, and are just beginning to be used in educational settings. AR and VR applications have become common on mobile devices and now are being introduced as wearable devices such the Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Rift, 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.

Speakers
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Don McMahon

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Washington State University
Dr. Don McMahon was a special education teacher for seven years and then became an instructional co-teaching coach for general education and special education teachers. Don graduated from the Special Education PhD program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to his doctoral work, Don attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Universal Design for Learning Summer Institute in 2010. His current research involves... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Palms Ballroom E

12:45pm

Design for All
Get ready for a lesson planning-based UDL adventure! In this presentation, we will be specifically dissecting standards in a STEM environment to create a lesson plan that encompasses all learners, including those with significant disabilities. Whether by high tech, low tech, or no tech, all students can participate and thrive in the UDL classroom. Good design is the key.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kuhn

Julie Kuhn

PATINS Specialist, PATINS Project
Julie Kuhn is a PATINS Specialist. She has a background of 24 years in public schools where she was a special services coordinator for OT, PT, SLP, and preschool, and an AT coordinator in five school districts. Julie’s background as a board certified OTR gives her a unique perspective in working with both students and staff and she loves brainstorming and problem-solving. She specializes in the areas of AT team development, orthopedic zccess to... Read More →
avatar for Sandi Mahl

Sandi Mahl

Specialist, PATINS Project
Sandi Mahl is a PATINS Specialist from Columbus, Indiana. She has a background of 21 years in public schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in Science Education and a master's in Special Education both from the IU School of Education. Sandi's experience helps her to excel in problem solving and creative resourcefulness. She is comfortable with both in- and out-of-the-box solutions. Throughout her career she has been a presenter and trainer at the... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 4

12:45pm

Discussion Panel: Implementing and Scaling Up UDL in Higher Ed
This discussion panel will feature a brief review of a qualitative research study in which the author interviewed several faculty in higher ed settings where UDL has gained a degree of success and implantation. We will share insight into how one might better research or practice UDL in higher education going forward. Following the brief presentation of this work, several panelists, representing those who participated in the study, will discuss the author's conclusions and field questions from the audience as the researcher, panelists, and attendees work together to extend the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for James Basham

James Basham

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His research is focused on the implementation of UDL, learner-centered design, innovation, and technology as it relates to cognition, learning, and behavior. Dr. Basham serves on various advisory boards for projects, companies, and organizations. Finally, he is the cofounder of the UDL Implementation Research Network... Read More →
avatar for Liz Berquist

Liz Berquist

Organizational Development, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Liz Berquist currently works for the Baltimore County Public Schools as Coordinator of Professional Growth. She was previously a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at TU, Dr. Berquist was employed by the Baltimore County Public School system as a middle school and high school social studies educator, special educator, and central office curriculum and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Grima-Farrell

Chris Grima-Farrell

Lecturer, University of New South Wales
Dr Christine Grima-Farrell is an experienced school teacher, special educator, and teacher educator. She is President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research and Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education SIG. Chris was awarded an NSW Premier’s Teaching Award for Excellence for her work in the area of inclusive education and research to practice initiatives. Her Phd was awarded numerous outstanding thesis awards. Chris... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Marino

Matthew Marino

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
avatar for Eric J. Moore

Eric J. Moore

UDL Specialist, University of Tennessee
Eric Moore has taught for over a decade with experience ranging from middle school to higher education (teacher preparation) in the United States, Indonesia, and South Korea. He specializes in instructional design and is currently finishing his PhD in inclusive education at the University of Tennessee. He also serves on the leadership team with the IRN, consults with the UTK Office of Instructional Technology, conducts professional development... Read More →
avatar for Fran Smith

Fran Smith

Educator/Consultant, Recognizing Differences
Dr. Frances (Fran) G. Smith, CVE (http://recognizingdifferences.com) was a 2011-12 national UDL post-doctoral fellow at CAST and Boston College Lynch School of Education. Dr. Smith has followed the fields of instructional and assistive technology for decades and integrated these approaches in her work as a college instructor, vocational evaluation practitioner assistive technology provider, and instructional designer.  She was previously the... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 5

12:45pm

From R&D to Reality: A Practical UDL Implementation Strategy
In this breakout session, participants will discover methods for implementing UDL principles across disciplines, training stakeholders in UDL best practices, and creating a collaborative environment for advancing UDL research and implementation. Bellevue University course designers will share their experiences as they transitioned from the research and design phase to full UDL implementation. Learn how they overcame challenges, collaborated with faculty and administrators, and created innovative training opportunities to assist stakeholders through the implementation strategy. Participants will leave with practical advice and valuable resources to create a training and implementation strategy for their own faculty and staff.

Speakers
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Tracy Driscoll

Course Designer, Bellevue University
Tracy Driscoll began her career in corporate training 12 years ago, making the move to higher education in 2012. Tracy’s love of all things UDL began several years ago at a distance learning conference. As the mother of a special needs son who had issues transitioning to college, UDL has become very personal. Tracy began implementing UDL principles in course learning objects as the ID assigned to the R&D team, and has since been instrumental in... Read More →
avatar for Debra Duff

Debra Duff

Course Designer, Bellevue University
Debra Duff has worked in the higher education field for 14 years. She has spent the last four years as an instructional/course designer. Debra became interested in UDL several years ago when her co-presenter brought information back from a conference. The idea of presenting multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement for students opened a whole new way of thinking about providing content. Since then she has been... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 1

12:45pm

Inquire, Investigate, Innovate: UDL at the Intersection of School Improvement Goals (* streaming available)
This session will explore how the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is increasing the school’s capacity to respond to learner variability through new teacher induction, job-embedded professional development, practitioner research, and other professional learning opportunities. Participants will engage in collaborative discussions and deep thinking about UDL implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Gabbard

Christy Gabbard

Outreach Coordinator, PK Yonge Developmental Research School
Christy Gabbard, M.Ed., is Program Development and Outreach Specialist at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. During her 16 years in education she has taught elementary, middle, and high school students, specializing in reading intervention with adolescents. She also worked extensively with teachers and students serving as a literacy coach prior to focusing on curriculum development for schools... Read More →
avatar for Jon Mundorf

Jon Mundorf

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Jon Mundorf is an award-winning National Board Certified seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. Dr. Mundorf enjoys sharing his experiences with others and has done so at conferences and workshops around the world. He consults with schools, school districts, universities, and other organizations on topics such as inclusive teacher pedagogy, accessibility... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Palms Ballroom G

12:45pm

Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS)
Research in social neuroscience fosters our understanding of the development of social and emotional competence in the classroom. This translates into essential instructional elements for students with autism, while creating a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for all students. The outcomes of the Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) focus on ensuring that learning strategies are implemented by fostering student engagement, presenting information in multiple ways, promoting student participation, and ensuring equitable access for students at various developmental stages. This session supports fostering high-quality personnel preparation and professional development through discussions about how system-wide professional development has focused on sustainability and has included: identifying internal resources, school-wide training, building effective coaching practices, and gathering data specific to the increase in educator knowledge and skills as well as an inbcrease in student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Townsend

Jen Townsend

Educational Consultant, School District of Elmbrook
Jennifer C. Townsend, M Ed, is an educational consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences including autism spectrum disorder. Over the past eighteen years, she has worked in collaboration with school districts to build capacity for educating students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities in the public school setting using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principals paired with appreciative inquiry... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 3

12:45pm

The New Hampshire UDL Academy: A Journey From Exploration to Implementation
Participants will learn how the State of New Hampshire began its journey to implement its ‘Vision 2.0’ in 2014 by embracing the UDL framework model to promote equitable access, engagement, and better outcomes for all learners by creating the New Hampshire UDL Academy. Funded by the New Hampshire Bureau of Special Education, and in collaboration with CAST, the UDL Academy has supported New Hampshire school districts in exploring and implementing UDL principles. Follow this journey as New Hampshire UDL Academy educators, administrators, and stakeholders share their struggles, successes, and next steps in making this essential cultural shift.

Speakers
avatar for Helene Anzalone

Helene Anzalone

Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education, New Hampshire Department of Special Education
Helene Anzalone is an Education Consultant II, Bureau of Special Education, NH Dept. of Education. Her responsibilities include State Performance Plan Indicator 3, State Assessment participation of students with disabilities; Compliance and Improvement Monitoring Team for public and private schools; Certified trainer, Youth Mental Health First Aid; State Bookshare contact; UDL Academy training;  Special Education professional development... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

Director of Business & Partnership Development, CAST
As Director of Business and Partnership Development for CAST, Kirk develops partnerships with school districts and other entities to support CAST's Professional Learning and technical assistance to national and international customers regarding Universal Design for Learning. | Previously, he held the title of Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lane

Mary Lane

Educational Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education
Mary Lane is the liaison to the implementation of IDEA, regarding accessibility for all students, and to support schools and families. She also is the NH NIMAC Coordinator, working with the NH American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Ex-Officio, and various projects such as the NHAEM Center, the NH Connections Project, the Deaf Education Accessibility Initiative, and the New Hampshire Universal Design for Learning Academy. Her liaison roles... Read More →


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Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 2

12:45pm

Design Lab
UDL Design Lab is the next step in your UDL journey. It's a place to think through UDL principles and how they can be put into practice in your unique setting. UDL Lab is a place to build a toolbox to enhance your classroom, school, district. The lab is an "unconference": the setting is open, the learning goals are set by attendees, and there is time and space to think and collaborate with colleagues across the globe. The lab hours are intentionally flexible. The lab is designed for coming when you can and staying  as long as you need. UDL Practitioners will be on site to consult and help build with you.

Thursday March 30, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Magnolia A

2:00pm

Break and Snack
Thursday March 30, 2017 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Palms Ballroom A-D

2:15pm

Accessibility Solutions: Hands-On Fun
Come to this session to explore a variety of instructional and engagement options. Discover easy-to-use and fun technologies that enhance the learning process by appealing to, and engaging, everyone.

Speakers
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Toney Phifer

Instructional Designer, Chattanooga State Community College
Toney Phifer is an Instructional Designer at Chattanooga State Community College; he has been a part of Chattanooga State since 2010. On a day-to-day basis, Toney does professional development, accessibility training, and technical training for the staff and faculty of the institution. He has been a leader in the accessibility initiative throughout the state of Tennessee. Toney is also an Instructional Designer for TN eCampus, which is an... Read More →
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Adrian Ricketts

Specialist, Chattanooga State Community College
Adrian Ricketts is a specialist in the Center for Distributed Education at Chattanooga State Community College. She works with faculty on a daily basis to help them create well designed accessible content for their courses. She also develops training materials to train faculty and staff how to make their content accessible. She also works with her department to present solutions to the faculty and staff of the college to meet the new... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Cypress 5

2:15pm

Case Study: A Global Fellowship Inspiring Local ‘Universal’ Action
Teach for All, in partnership with the Oak Foundation, has had the privilege of running two global fellowships, one for teacher coaches from 12 different countries and one for teams of teacher coaches and current educators from three additional countries, to reimagine how to reach all learners more successfully. Throughout this experience, we’ve learned that in order to design learning environments that put students on a self-enduring path to broader outcomes, we must have a learner-scientist orientation that pushes us to have a deep understanding of ourselves. Join us to explore multiple ways of pushing ourselves – as organizations, educators, and parents – to understand ourselves as learners and remove barriers for the students in our lives.

Speakers
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Rachel Brody

Director, Learner Centered Practice, Teach For All
Rachel Brody is the Director of Learner Centered Practice at Teach For All, where she learns with organizations around the world who are working to put students on a path toward self-determined broader outcomes.  Prior to joining the team at Teach For All, Rachel led the Diverse Learner Initiative at Teach  For America and taught in Washington, DC. She found her “teaching home” at DC Bilingual Public charter school where she... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Cypress 1

2:15pm

Sharing the UDL Love With Parents (* streaming available)
As the old adage goes, "It takes a village." To optimize UDL implementation, the whole village must know why UDL is critical for student success and how they can support the work outside the classroom. In this session, educators will have an opportunity to explore, interact, and create tools to get parents and the community involved in supporting UDL practices and principles actively to ensure that students have everything they need to capture their own definition of success.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Novak

Katie Novak

Katie Novak is an internationally renowned education consultant as well a practicing leader in education as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 3 books published by CAST Professional Publications, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Palms Ballroom E

2:15pm

Transforming High School Learning Environments: Year Three of a Multi-Year UDL Implementation Journey
This session will provide a lens into the third year of a multi-year Universal Design for Learning project through the eyes of the UDL: Transforming High School Learning Environments (UDL-THSLE) leadership team. The UDL-THSLE project is a collaboration between Chávez High School, Region 4 Educational Service Center (ESC), and All In. This session will demonstrate how a committed group of leaders and teachers can move UDL from “just one more thing” to the central framework that drives the vision, instruction, and learning on a high school campus.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Berquist

Liz Berquist

Organizational Development, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Liz Berquist currently works for the Baltimore County Public Schools as Coordinator of Professional Growth. She was previously a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at TU, Dr. Berquist was employed by the Baltimore County Public School system as a middle school and high school social studies educator, special educator, and central office curriculum and... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Senior Education Specialist, Region 4 ESC
Kirsten Omelan, PhD, has worked in the field of special education for over 15 years. She is currently a Senior Education Specialist in the Special Education Department at Region 4 Education Service Center in Texas, where she is the lead for Access to the General Curriculum initiatives. Kirsten has practical experience as a special education teacher, department chair, and supervisor for special education programming in K-12 settings. She... Read More →
avatar for Rene Sanchez

Rene Sanchez

Principal, Houston ISD, Cesar E. Chavez High School
Rene Sanchez is from Edinburg, located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree, the Ohio State University for law school, and the University of Texas for educational administration. Now, he is enrolled in the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Rene has served in schools ranging from 500 to 3200, from rural to... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Cypress 3

2:15pm

Trauma, Mental Health, DBT, and UDL: Universally-Designed Mental Health Programming for the K-12 Classroom
This session is intended as either a stand-alone or follow-up to the proposed Ted Talk on mental health. Following a double suicide at a local high school, I facilitated a team of psychiatrists, SEL experts, counselors, teachers, and school leaders in a discussion about processes for healing, and preventive future programming to build resiliency and distress tolerance in students. In this session, the program developed in collaboration with the team as a result of this discussion and which is just now beginning to be implemented in schools, will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of UDL and Resource Teacher: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL. Dr. Katz taught in inclusive classrooms from K-12 for 16 years. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has spanned several provinces and territories, and multiple audiences. She is currently an assistant professor in the... Read More →



Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Cypress 4

2:15pm

Understanding UDL in Personalized Learning (* streaming available)
As referenced in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the National Educational Technology Plan, personalized learning is the new focus in many K–12 learning environments. Nonetheless, few people understand what personalized learning really means and even fewer can design and implement a personalized learning environment appropriate for all learners, especially learners with disabilities. This 18-month descriptive research study focused on identifying the design characteristics of personalized learning environments and the initial results of these environments. Come learn how UDL played a role in these environments. Lessons learned and practical implementation strategies will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for James Basham

James Basham

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
James D. (Jamie) Basham, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His research is focused on the implementation of UDL, learner-centered design, innovation, and technology as it relates to cognition, learning, and behavior. Dr. Basham serves on various advisory boards for projects, companies, and organizations. Finally, he is the cofounder of the UDL Implementation Research Network... Read More →
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Tracey Hall

Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designerer, CAST
Dr. Tracey Hall conducts research on instructional interventions in reading, writing, literacy in the content areas, and assessment. Her work includes the design and evaluation of instructional approaches and assessment tools. These experiences are applied in the development and implementation of UDL projects, collaborative partnerships, and professional presentations. She directs CAST’s initiatives to create and evaluate digitally-supported... Read More →
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Skip Stahl

Senior Policy Analyst, CAST
Skip Stahl is Senior Policy Analyst and one of the founders of CAST. He is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center), a national initiative funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to assure that educational materials are developed and distributed in ways that are accessible, appropriate, and readily available to all students. He chairs the UDL Council... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Palms Ballroom G

2:15pm

Writing to the Core: Combining Effective Instruction and Tools Through the Lens of UDL
This presentation will focus on technology-based innovations available to address writing for struggling learners. Focused on writing to the Common Core and alignment to the principles of the Universal Design for Learning framework, participants will learn ways to connect proven writing strategies with effective technology solutions through the lens of the UDL framework. One of the areas of struggle for many general and special education teachers, as well as for their related service personnel colleagues, is combining effective strategies with innovative solutions that expand and potentially alter the writing experience. By making these connections, participants will see how teachers can extend common and effective writing strategies to the technology solution. Participants will understand a variety of apps that assist in writing, through illustrations that connect them to a proven strategy. Come see how to make this a reality in your general or special education classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sean J. Smith

Sean J. Smith

Professor, University of Kansas
Dr. Sean J. Smith is a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, national presenter, and the parent of four school-age children, two having exceptionalities. With a background in the research and implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) technology-based innovations for struggling learners and those with disabilities, Sean has authored books, chapters, articles, and offered hundreds of national presentations. The principal investigator... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Cypress 2

3:30pm

4:00pm

Improve Emotional Contexts by Mitigating Stereotype Threat (*streaming available)
Imagine being able to influence the achievement of all learners significantly, including the rich array of cultural, socioeconomic, gender, and racial variability we have in our classrooms, through a few simple classroom strategies. You are probably wondering, what these strategies are and how can they work so effectively. A subtle, but pervasive experience that impacts individuals as well as social and emotional classroom contexts is stereotype threat. This session will define stereotype threat and highlight a few simple classroom strategies that align to the UDL guidelines that educators can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Posey

Allison Posey

Curriculum Design Specialist, CAST
Allison Posey participates in curricular design, online instruction, and leads professional learning programs. She works with educators to integrate and apply brain research about learning into instructional practices so all learners can access, integrate, and become expert learners. She focuses on the central role of emotions in learning. Allison has taught genetics, anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, and psychology. She received a... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 4:00pm - 4:18pm
Palms Ballroom A-D

4:20pm

7:00pm

Networking Meet-and-Greet Dinner (Additional fee required)

The Meet and Greet Dinner provides participants the opportunity to share with other UDL leaders, to get to know one another in a social setting and to make lasting connections.  This year’s dinner is located within the conference hotel on the Key West Terrace, which  is a special outdoor veranda where diners are often treated to spectacular sunsets.

We'll begin with a cash bar, followed by a dinner with choice of main entree and coffee/tea for the all-inclusive price of $48.50 per person (includes tax and gratuity).


Thursday March 30, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Key West Terrace
 
Friday, March 31
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday March 31, 2017 8:00am - 2:30pm
Palms Ballroom C/D

8:30am

Welcome and Updates
Friday March 31, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Palms Ballroom A-D

9:00am

UDL for the Wizarding World: An Implementation Story (* streaming available)
As wizards living in a muggle world, Lisa Carey and Jon Mundorf were uniquely suited to bring UDL to Hogwarts School for Wizardry and Witchcraft. The school made famous by Harry Potter has a centuries-long history of excellence. However, it has become clear that Hogwarts was never designed with student variability in mind. The school has underutilized great resources and failed to recognize the importance of flexibility and student choice. Hampered by its strong traditions and accolades, Hogwarts presented many barriers to implementation. Carey and Mundorf will guide participants through the barriers and obstacles to UDL implementation that they faced and demonstrate how to facilitate UDL in spaces that are resistant to change.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Beth Carey

Lisa Beth Carey

Senior Education Consultant, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Lisa Carey is the Senior Education Consultant at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and a CAST Cadre Member. Lisa was part of the CILSE’s first fellowship cohort, where she studied neuroscience, behavior science, school law, and scientific inquiry with faculty of Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lisa serves as a bridge between... Read More →
avatar for Jon Mundorf

Jon Mundorf

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Jon Mundorf is an award-winning National Board Certified seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. Dr. Mundorf enjoys sharing his experiences with others and has done so at conferences and workshops around the world. He consults with schools, school districts, universities, and other organizations on topics such as inclusive teacher pedagogy, accessibility... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:00am - 9:18am
Palms Ballroom A-D

9:20am

Learner-Centered Practice and Design: Global Thinking, Local Action (* streaming available)
At Teach For All, we have the unique opportunity to learn with educators, communities, and organizations from 40 countries through our Global Learning Lab. Though we all know – and studies in neuroscience prove -- that there is no average learner, we find overwhelmingly that the education systems in which we operate were largely built for certain children who learn in certain ways as members of the majority group. Meanwhile, children with less privileged identities (race, class, ability, language and culture, gender, learner profile, preferences etc.) have, at best, only been considered marginally in the design of those education systems. If we grew up in these systems, how do we break these patterns? In this quick ‘trip around the world,’ we will take a look at what we are learning from our best teachers and learning environments where education is being reimagined to put students on a path to self-determined broader outcomes. Warning: Look Out for major #UDL action.

Speakers
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Rachel Brody

Director, Learner Centered Practice, Teach For All
Rachel Brody is the Director of Learner Centered Practice at Teach For All, where she learns with organizations around the world who are working to put students on a path toward self-determined broader outcomes.  Prior to joining the team at Teach For All, Rachel led the Diverse Learner Initiative at Teach  For America and taught in Washington, DC. She found her “teaching home” at DC Bilingual Public charter school where she... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 9:38am
Palms Ballroom A-D

9:40am

Idea Smash
Friday March 31, 2017 9:40am - 10:00am
Palms Ballroom A-D

10:00am

Critical Issues for UDL Research – Crowdsourcing Session
This interactive session will focus on three critical issues facing the field in the area of research on the UDL framework. Come prepared with your thoughts and ideas on what is taking place in the field in respect to UDL implementation and the efforts to further understand the impact of UDL on practice and application across the learning environment. Throughout the session participants will have the opportunity to go online and contribute to the discussion.


Friday March 31, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Palms Ballroom A-D

10:30am

Networking and Break
Friday March 31, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Palms Ballroom A-D

11:00am

Implementing UDL When Nobody Is Watching
This session is designed to empower teachers and administrators to begin UDL implementation even if they are working alone. Presenters will guide the audience through successes and lessons learned during UDL implementation by sharing their transition from practicing in a single classroom to leading a district in UDL education and design lab experiences. The session will empower individuals by providing skills needed to implement UDL when nobody is watching.

Speakers
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Angelina Kreger

Instructional Coach, Novi Community Schools
Angelina Kreger began her teaching career at a school in Detroit, MI for abandoned, abused, and adjudicated students. After teaching in that location for three years, she transitioned to work at Novi Community School District. She taught all grades eight through twelve, in both social studies and English language arts. Additionally, Angelina has served as an adjunct professor at Oakland Community College teaching World History. At the... Read More →
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Melissa Kreger

Teacher, Novi Community Schools
Melissa Kreger earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from The University of Michigan and then her Masters of Arts and Teaching from Wayne State University. She began working in a no tech school for abandoned, abused, and adjudicated youth in Southwest Detroit and then transitioned to a middle school for 98% ELLs, also in Detroit. After five years in an inner city district, Melissa transitioned to Novi Community Schools where she now teaches... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cypress 3

11:00am

Professional Development: Are We on the Same Page?
How do we truly integrate and sustain the application of the UDL framework to alter teacher practice and improve student outcomes? This session will focus on the systematic planning and implementation of a professional development program. Participants will explore resources, tools, and practical tips that are needed to support teachers in their initial understanding and subsequent continuous application in order to move forward in deepening their understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Craig

Stephanie Craig

Doctoral Student, University of Kansas
Stephanie Craig is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Special Education at the University of Kansas, specializing in the area of Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovation with a focus on UDL. Previously, she coached and trained teachers in the implementation of UDL at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana. Within the district and community, she pursued opportunities to further educators’ understanding of... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cypress 4

11:00am

Reaching All Learners in Secondary English Language Arts
Teacher-researchers at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School will discuss how they apply UDL principles to their individual courses through reading strategies, writing instruction, and literature selection. The teacher-researchers will also provide suggestions for using technology to enhance student learning opportunities. Additionally, they will discuss how they’ve embedded the principles of UDL throughout their department. The teacher-researchers will also address how they’ve helped pre-service teachers come to understand the barriers inherent in most curricula. Three of the teacher-researchers are at various levels in their familiarity with UDL; the lead presenter is an expert in the field of UDL. Thus, this presentation offers insight for participants who are familiar with UDL as well as participants just starting to engage in the work.

Speakers
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Shelby Boehm

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Shelby Marie Boehm is a 10th grade English language arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and a University Instructor at the University of Florida. Prior to this year, she taught in the Lee County School District. Shelby graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English Literature and MEd in English Education. She is interested in helping students find their voice through exploring identity. You can follow... Read More →
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Jen Cheveallier

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
I have been a secondary ELA classroom teacher for nine years. I believe the work we do in asking students to read and write narratives is of utmost importance in our current political context. At the summit, I'd like to talk about the responsibilities teachers have to affirm and nurture our students identities and develop their voices in writing.
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Cody Miller

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Cody Miller is the ninth-grade English language arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, the K-12 laboratory school affiliated with the University of Florida’s College of Education. In addition to teaching, Cody is a Ph.D. student studying English education at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. Cody has presented his work at conferences such as the National... Read More →
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Jon Mundorf

Teacher, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Jon Mundorf is an award-winning National Board Certified seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. Dr. Mundorf enjoys sharing his experiences with others and has done so at conferences and workshops around the world. He consults with schools, school districts, universities, and other organizations on topics such as inclusive teacher pedagogy, accessibility... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cypress 2

11:00am

Shaping Brains: The Neuroscience Behind Executive Function Development (* streaming available)
Support of executive functions is a part of the UDL guidelines. However, research indicates that many teachers are unfamiliar with the term executive function (EF), how EF develops over the life span, or how environments and interactions can shape EF’s growth. This session will take a deeper look into the neurodevelopmental nature of executive function with a focus on developing learning environments and instructional practices supportive of EF across k-12 education.

Speakers
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Lisa Beth Carey

Senior Education Consultant, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Lisa Carey is the Senior Education Consultant at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and a CAST Cadre Member. Lisa was part of the CILSE’s first fellowship cohort, where she studied neuroscience, behavior science, school law, and scientific inquiry with faculty of Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lisa serves as a bridge between... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palms Ballroom E

11:00am

UDL Research: The Next Phase
This session will be facilitated by members of the UDL-IRN Research Committee engaging participants in the examination of the IRN’s UDL Research Diagram (http://udl-irn.org/udl-research/).  Developed to identify, categorize, and understand the current literature underway in the area of UDL, the Diagram is meant to serve as an interactive tool for the field.  After an initial overview, participants will discuss how to enhance the IRN’s conceptualization to include research methodology, teacher preparation, content-based areas (e.g., STEM, the arts), and other relevant topics that would foster further research by the field.


Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cypress 5

11:00am

Universally Designed Leadership (* streaming available)
As educational leaders, we aspire to build great systems in a landscape of barriers. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows us to do just that and universally-designed leadership allows us to apply proven principles of learning to successful leadership practices. Some areas of focus include designing faculty meetings and professional development for your district or school that model and utilize UDL principles.

Speakers
avatar for Kristan Rodriguez

Kristan Rodriguez

Administrator and Educational Consultant, CREST and RECA
Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a highly successful K-12 administrator and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the past 15 years. Dr. Rodriguez specializes her consulting in the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the field of educational leadership. The book she... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palms Ballroom G

11:00am

Virtual Checklist: Enhancing Personal Progress Monitoring
Progress monitoring in the context of an online course is essential to persistence and success in these courses. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the efficacy of an online self-monitoring tool embedded in online courses at the undergraduate level. Data were gathered in a survey course, specific to undergraduate students’ use of a virtual checklist feature. As students of all levels of preparation enroll in online university courses, academically-underprepared students often underperform when compared to their academically-prepared counterparts. The research questions looked at a possible correlation between the use of completion tracking and academic achievement, completion tracking and persistence, and the correlation between self-directed learning and student preparedness. A statistically significant correlation was found. This session will present results, implications, and suggestions specific to UDL checkpoint 6.4.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Wood

Emma Wood

Assessment Coordinator, Idaho State University
Emma Wood is in her eighth year as an instructor at Idaho State University. Emma received her Master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Special Education, Deaf Education emphasis. She is also the Assessment Coordinator for the College of Education. Her area of expertise is in creating inclusive learning environments for all types of learners. She defends and graduates May 2017 with a PhD in Instructional Design from... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cypress 1

11:00am

Design Lab
UDL Design Labs are the next evolution in your UDL journey! They are places to think and walk through UDL principles and how to put them into practice in your unique setting. The Labs are open “unconference” spaces where topics are introduced and explored. The outcomes are set by the participants and there is time and space to think and engage with others. Whether you are in a group or by yourself, a veteran “UDL-er” or just exploring, the Lab is the place for practitioners to meet-up, design, and grow your UDL community of practice.

Friday March 31, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Magnolia A

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Palms Ballroom A-D

1:00pm

Five Countries, One Goal: Integrating Cultural Responsiveness and UDL
Diversity in the classroom is affecting educators across the globe. Partners, led by the Pedagogische Begeleidingsdienst van het Katholiek Onderwijs (PBDKO) in Brussels, Belgium, have agreed to a three-year project, Use Diversity to Enhance Learning in the 21st Century (UDEL21). This project brings together a consortium of K-12 educators, service providers for schools, and university educators from Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Italy, and Slovenia. Together, they are establishing an overall common definition of cultural responsiveness and are using the UDL framework to guide the development of tools (e.g., instruments, protocols, materials, case studies, etc.) and international in-service trainings. This presentation will share how the UDL framework has impacted the development of these tools as well as broadened conversations about how to design culturally responsive learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Marleen Clissen

Marleen Clissen

staff member international projects, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen
Marleen Clissen holds her masters degree in education and is a former special needs teacher. She works as a staff member at the umbrella organization of the Catholic public education in Flanders. Her fields of expertise are inclusion, diversity in the classroom, Universal Design for Learning and autism spectrum disorders.
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Loui Lord Nelson

Consultant, RAISE, Inc
Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, is an international educational consultant who focuses on Universal Design for Learning. A former special education teacher, Loui provides guidance in UDL to schools, districts, state personnel, and universities across the globe and is the author of the top selling book, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning. She also works as the UDL Specialist for the School Wide Integrated... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 2

1:00pm

Let's Get Personal? UDL as a Way to Evaluate Personalized Learning
Personalized learning is all the rage for segments of the educational experience. Be it blended learning, online, or simply digital learning experiences, educators, developers, and students are touting the benefits of personalized learning. But how specific or unique to the individual is personalized learning? Better yet, how personal is personalized learning? Participants will explore ways that the UDL framework can and has been used to answer these questions. Together, we will explore a UDL scan tool. Findings from an initial study exploring popular digital materials used to foster personalized learning will be discussed. Come prepared to discuss what we have learned and of co,urse, to share your experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Sean J. Smith

Sean J. Smith

Professor, University of Kansas
Dr. Sean J. Smith is a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, national presenter, and the parent of four school-age children, two having exceptionalities. With a background in the research and implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) technology-based innovations for struggling learners and those with disabilities, Sean has authored books, chapters, articles, and offered hundreds of national presentations. The principal investigator... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 3

1:00pm

The Vision of Inclusion: Leading the UDL Journey
Participate in a rotation of roundtable discussions sharing the resources and strategies used by two school principals to transform a vision of inclusion into a school-wide mindset and practice. An elementary school principal will share his approach to UDL implementation from the perspective of the development of expert teachers. An early learning center principal will share his approach to UDL implementation from the perspective of the development of expert learners. The capacity to embark on these UDL implementation journeys has been built in through collaboration with the regional education service center and with districtwide universal systems.

Speakers
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Juan M Gonzalez

Principal, Houston Independant School District
Juan has been an educator for 22 years, serving as an elementary bilingual teacher, high school administrative intern, middle school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. He has worked in rural and inner city schools as principal of recognized and exemplary campuses that have received the Texas Educators Excellence Award and the Shining Star award. He is currently Principal of Patterson Dual Language and Literature Magnet School... Read More →
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Beth Goodrich

Senior Manager, Texas Office of Special Education
Beth is a Senior Manager in the Houston ISD Office of Special Education Services where she manages the OT, PT, and AT Services. Beth is also a summer adjunct professor for the University of Houston and has published in the use of technology to support individuals with disability and the application of the UDL principles to create inclusive learning environments.
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Gerardo Leal

School Principal, Neff ELC
Gerardo Leal began in the Houston ISD 16 years ago as a kindergarten, second, and third grade bilingual teacher. His instructional leadership background includes Family Literacy Grant Director and middle school assistant principal. Today he is the Principal of Neff Early Learning Center and an early childhood advocate. Dr. Leal earned a BA in Political Science at the University of St. Thomas, a MEd at Lamar University, and an EdD at the... Read More →
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Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Senior Education Specialist, Region 4 ESC
Kirsten Omelan, PhD, has worked in the field of special education for over 15 years. She is currently a Senior Education Specialist in the Special Education Department at Region 4 Education Service Center in Texas, where she is the lead for Access to the General Curriculum initiatives. Kirsten has practical experience as a special education teacher, department chair, and supervisor for special education programming in K-12 settings. She... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 4

1:00pm

UDL Out of the Box: The Anti-Workshop Model of Teaching UDL to Teachers (* streaming available)
Our model of professional learning leverages working with small groups to support the individualized nature of teacher goal setting and growth. Within our project, this approach resulted in deeper understanding of how to serve those in the margins, moving away from a UDL checklist and towards reflective, intentional implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Corinn Hower

Corinn Hower

Assistive Technology Consultant, Muskegon Area ISD
Corinn Hower is an Assistive Technology Consultant at the MAISD. Her experience in education includes provision of OT and AT services and professional development to local district educators and teams, as well as state level training in the areas of assistive Ttchnology and Universal Design for Learning. Her work is dedicated to supporting educators in ensuring access to the curriculum and maximizing the educational success of all students... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palms Ballroom E

1:00pm

Universal Design for Learning: Building Learner-Centered Environments in a Large District (* streaming available)
This session will provide an overview of the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) strategic plan for communication, professional development, and stakeholder buy-in about UDL. We will break into small groups to highlight professional learning options that must be considered by any district planning to embrace the UDL framework.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Berquist

Liz Berquist

Organizational Development, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Liz Berquist currently works for the Baltimore County Public Schools as Coordinator of Professional Growth. She was previously a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at TU, Dr. Berquist was employed by the Baltimore County Public School system as a middle school and high school social studies educator, special educator, and central office curriculum and... Read More →
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Billy Burke

Chief of Organizational Effectiveness, Baltimore County Public Schools
Mr. Burke is the Chief of Organizational Effectiveness for the Baltimore County Public Schools.
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Stefani Pautz

Coordinator, Baltimore County Public School
Dr. Stefani Pautz is Coordinator in the Office of Curriculum Operations for Baltimore County Public Schools. In this role, she facilitates professional learning for leadership in Understanding by Design, Universal Design for Learning, TPACK, learner-centered pedagogies, and customizing instruction. Dr. Pautz is also part of the team leading the development of the learning management system and the selection of digital content and instructional... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palms Ballroom G

1:00pm

“Dad’s Online Gambling Habit Used Up Our Family Data Plan” and Other Digital Excuses for Not Doing Homework
Inherent in all learning environments, and in particular virtual learning spaces, are barriers. These can be unique to individual students, or a product of the technology. At California State University, Fresno the large variety of university students include over 50% of students in poverty, first generation, and emergent bilingual language learners. The challenge of capturing the talents of this group is often a struggle for instructors, particularly in digital courses. This presentation will give specific strategies for using the design elements of UDL within post-secondary courses and other adult learners.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Coy

Kimberly Coy

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno
Kimberly Coy began her teaching career in brick and blackboard schools as a K-8 general and special education teacher. In 2007 she had the opportunity to work in an online public school and she began the deep dive into digital learning for students and adults. This ultimately lead her to pursue a PhD with a focus including UDL, digital environments, and traditionally marginalized learners from kindergarten to post secondary. Currently, Dr. Coy... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 1

2:00pm

2:25pm

Reflections on the Summit (* streaming available)
Speakers
avatar for David Rose

David Rose

Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer, CAST
David Rose is Founder and Chief Education Officer of CAST.


Friday March 31, 2017 2:25pm - 2:40pm
Palms Ballroom A-D

2:40pm

Summit Wrap Up
Friday March 31, 2017 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Palms Ballroom C/D