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The Power of Read&Write: Supporting Every Learner in Every Environment

When literacy is a barrier for learners, it affects them in every environment. Join us for a dynamic discussion about UDL and Read&Write, a universally designed literacy toolbar that not only removes barriers to literacy and learning, but also helps students become more self-directed, strategic and resourceful learners.

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When literacy is a barrier for learners, it affects them in every environment. Join us for a dynamic discussion about UDL and Read&Write, a universally designed literacy toolbar that not only removes barriers to literacy and learning, but also helps students become more self-directed, strategic and resourceful learners.

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January 25, 2022

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Dismantling Barriers: Educator Shifts from Non Racist to Antiracist

This session is designed for educators who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the systems of power that perpetuate racism, what implicit bias is and how it can negatively impact educational outcomes, aspects of identity that contribute to learner variability, and actionable steps they can take toward change.

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In order to overcome or reduce barriers for students, we must be able to accurately recognize and identify the barriers to equitable systems of education. This session is designed for educators who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the systems of power that perpetuate racism, what implicit bias is and how it can negatively impact educational outcomes, aspects of identity that contribute to learner variability, and actionable steps they can take toward change.

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Robin Williams
Jennifer Borrelli

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January 24, 2022

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The Importance of Flexible Design- How COVID-19 Exposed Design Issues

This presentation will describe the results of a survey of teachers’ perceptions and reflections on their COVID-19 teaching experiences, their professional preparation, and barriers they encountered.

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Universal Design for Learning framework is based on a notion of intentional and systematic process to design instruction to allow for options, flexibility, and access. During COVID-19 pandemic, instructors had to switch the modality of their teaching which exposed inherent barriers in their instruction, lack of preparation to offer flexibility, and lack of training in UDL. This presentation will describe the results of a survey of teachers’ perceptions and reflections on their COVID-19 teaching experiences, their professional preparation, and barriers they encountered. Implications for future practice and professional development will be discussed, including the audience feedback. 

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Aleksandra Hollingshead
Kalley Malone

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January 24, 2022

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Supercharge Your PD: Build Capacity to Facilitate Effective UDL Implementation

This session aims to answer the question, “What strategies can educators use to support effective UDL implementation among teachers in their community?”

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This session aims to answer the question, “What strategies can educators use to support effective UDL implementation among teachers in their community?” Participants will learn about and experience 6 concrete strategies that have been refined through years of supporting UDL implementation and are designed to inspire and sustain changes in teaching. Using a holistic design approach, these 6 practical strategies transform traditional PD by focusing on removing barriers to adult learning, sustaining effort and persistence, and maximizing transfer of professional learning into classroom practice. These strategies help teachers understand what UDL implementation looks like in their context and provide flexible methods for monitoring progress. Participants will gain knowledge and takeaway materials to incorporate these PD strategies into their UDL implementation initiatives. 

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Kasia Derbiszewska
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January 21, 2022

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Breaking the Mold and Finding James

The session focuses on a case study of a 12 year old student, James, who had not been achieving successful learning outcomes in all subjects. The implementation and integration of Universal Design of Learning Framework in the lesson planning supported James with his learning and helped him achieve successful learning outcomes.

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The session focuses on a case study of a 12 year old student, James, who had not been achieving successful learning outcomes in all subjects. He was flagged as a student with learning disability and learning difficulties but due to the lack of targeted teaching and support his learning gaps grew wider. The diagnosed label became a barrier for him as teachers found it difficult to support students who has a long history of failure. The implementation and integration of Universal Design of Learning Framework in the lesson planning supported James with his learning and helped him achieve successful learning outcomes.

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Harsharan Thethi

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December 15, 2020

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Creating Coherence and Addressing Data Barriers to Improve Outcomes for ALL Students

Creating Coherence and Addressing Data Barriers

Creating Coherence and Addressing Data Barriers to Improve Outcomes for ALL Students provides an overview of the concerted effort of the California legislature to create a coherent system of education and improve outcomes for students with disabilities through the System Improvement Leads (SIL) grant.

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This session provides an overview of the concerted effort of the California legislature to create a coherent system of education and improve outcomes for students with disabilities through the System Improvement Leads (SIL) grant. A system approach to addressing data barriers and designing tools for educators using a lens grounded in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will support planning and goal setting to optimize access for students. Attendees will acquire useful resources and learn about the process that California used to engage stakeholders in a process of improvement to support students with disabilities useful for their own system improvement efforts. 

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Jacque Williams
Jessica Maiorca-Nunez
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Lorraine Garcia
Jennifer Yales

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December 15, 2020

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Developing Expert Language Learners through UDL

This interactive session focuses on ways that UDL facilitates academic language growth for both English Language Learners and native English speakers in inclusive classrooms.

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This interactive session focuses on ways that UDL facilitates academic language growth for both English Language Learners and native English speakers in inclusive classrooms. Participants will walk away with techniques for planning intentional and strategic lessons using UDL principles, guidelines, and checkpoints to develop expert language learners. By exploring neuroscience research and the link between language and cognition, participants will investigate innovative techniques specifically designed to reduce learning barriers and increase opportunities for expert language use. 

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Amy Robinson

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December 15, 2020

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Leveraging Technology to Remove Barriers (Not Create Them)

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.

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In a world of iPads, chromebooks, learning management systems, and a billion dollar educational technology industry, it is easy to get enticed to use technology tools that promise to improve learner outcomes, make learning easier, or profoundly engage the digital natives in our classrooms. While technology can power our learning, without the UDL framework as a guide, it is a tool without a purpose and a source of disengagement for learners. 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. 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.

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Brenny Kummer

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December 3, 2020

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Expedition E-Learning: UDL As Our Compass

Expedition eLearning: UDL As Our Compass

Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments.

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Weeks of virtual, remote teaching have been an unexpected journey for us all, filled with unique roadblocks and surprises. However, using UDL as the guiding compass in training, preparing, removing barriers, lesson design, and more can help make the journey much more enjoyable. Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments. Get examples of UDL in action during eLearning to help guide future planning and reflect upon the past weeks of virtual learning, identify lessons learned, and develop plans for future success.

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Brenny Kummer
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December 3, 2020

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Providing Options and Breaking Down Barriers in Math

This resource focuses on how UDL and the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) converge to develop expert learner traits in mathematics.

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This interactive session focuses on how UDL and the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) converge to develop expert learner traits in mathematics. By examining links between the UDL guidelines and effective teaching practices that engage students in the SMPs, participants will be able to reduce barriers to student learning in the classroom. Participants will walk away with research-informed instructional strategies for eliciting student thinking and using it to provide options that deepen learning for all students. 

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Erica Burnison

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November 30, 2020

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