Upcoming Events




Build a Personal Learning Backpack to Give ALL Learners Voice & Choice

Empower learners with voice and choice! In this session, learn how to build a Personal Learning Backpack with tools, apps and strategies that can create a culture that values every learner and harnesses the power of learner agency by giving voice and choice for every learner to own their learning.

Join Luis Perez, Diana Petschauer and myself in a 90 minute BYODex session at ISTE 2018 on June 26th at 4:45pm. Pre-Registration required. Go to bit.ly/BYODex to register with Registration code: BYODEX324.


Building Learning Communities Conference

BLC18 Education Conference: July 25th, 1:10-2:15

Personalization and UDL: The Perfect Match to Realize Learner Agency and Equity for all Learners

When learners understand their unique strengths and challenges as a learner, there is more engagement and motivation–the barriers to learning can be removed. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) creates such a culture of learner agency and equity. Based on research in the neurosciences and how we learn, UDL and personalization are the perfect match to bring equity and agency to every learner. In this session, you will step into a learner’s shoes and use the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express in order to experience firsthand what teachers gain by knowing the strengths and challenges of their learners. We will move between online resources and collaborating with peers so you can identify a Personal Learning Backpack of tools and skills that can support challenged and enhance strengths for your learners to realize agency.  You will depart with a clear understanding how to empower your learners and bring equity to your classroom. Remember your devices!


iNACOL Sumposium

iNACOL Symposium

October 23, 2:15-3:15

Personalization + Universal Design for Learning: The Theory and the Practice
co-presented by Andrew Easton, Kristen Haugen and Kathleen Sindt of Westside Community Schools, Omaha, NE and Kathleen McClaskey, Make Learning Personal, Amherst, NH

While any educator can appreciate the central tenets of personalization, actually tailoring classroom practices to each individual learner’s background, learning preferences, interests, and abilities is an elusive aspiration to many. In this session, attendees will learn how Personalized Learning and the Universal Design for Learning lens work together to address issues with equity, develop student agency, and promote self-advocacy for each learner. The session will then briefly share the district-level implementation of this vision as personalized learning coordinators from both the Omaha Westside Community School District in Nebraska and Edina Public Schools in Minnesota share their efforts and story in systemically scaling up personalization district-wide. This conversation will lead to the identification of five entry points that these schools have targeted for developing consistent and sustainable personalized practices in the classrooms they support. The session will conclude with breakout groups, each focused on diving deeper into one of the five entry points mentioned earlier. Those breakouts will empower attendees with choice for extended learning, model personalized practices from these five capacities, and delve into specific classroom examples from across the K-12 experience. Join us for an engaging and practical session and leave with personalized learning practices that can be immediately implemented in any classroom or school district.


IDA Conference

IDA 2018 Annual Conference

October 25th, 12:15-2:15

Empower ALL Learners with Ownership to Learning with a Learner Profile & Personal Learning BackpackPoster Session
presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Diana Petschauer

Ownership to learning is the outcome we want for all of our learners. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the variety of tools, apps and resources to build a Personal Learning Backpack that can support their learner’s challenges from the Learner Profile they created, considering the learning strategies and skills their learner would need to become more independent and self-directed. Templates will be provided for each participant to create a Learner Profile and build a Personal Learning Backpack.