Past Events and Broadcasts





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 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!



Umass Amherst Assistive Technology Center

Episode 4 of the UMass Amherst ATC AccessAbilities podcast featuring Kathleen McClaskey discussing her work “Make Learning Personal” (Make Learning Personal) just dropped today! Check it out on iTunes, GooglePlay, and more (! Transcript available at

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Join Josie Jordan, Steve Nordmark and myself for a 2-hour workshop to discover how to empower learners to take the remote and direct the what how and why of their learning using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express (TM). This workshop will take place on March 6th, 1:30-3:30 CT at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 412.  Learn more and favorite this session at
A book signing of How to Personalize Learning will take place following the workshop at the Austin Convention Center in Room 10C.


UDL IRN Summit 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop – April 25th

“Empowering Learners with the UDL Lens:
Building a Personal Learning Backpack for Agency and Self-Advocacy”
presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Luis Perez  Luis Perez

Kathleen McClaskey Interactive Learning Session – April 26th

“Using Tools and Apps to Give Voice and Choice to Learners”
presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Luis Perez


10 minute teacher

The 10 Minute Teacher Show with Vicki Davis – January 11, 2018

“Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL”
Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Today’s show will help you think about the research many of us have used for years to design lessons.




NH CMTC Conference

Tuesday, November 28th

Personalized Learning and UDL: Realizing the Promise of Learner Agency
presented by Kathleen McClaskey

In this session, participants will discover how Personalized Learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be the centerpieces to fulfilling the promise of learner agency.

Wednesday, November 29th

Building a Culture: Your Foundation for Personalized and Competency-based Instruction
presented by Josie Jordan and Kathleen McClaskey

During this interactive session, come practice proven strategies and techniques that create a learning culture that values every learner, harnesses the power of learner agency, and shifts the environment from teacher-centric to learner-centric. Participants will leave ready to take their first steps toward a culture that can foster and sustain personalized learning.



Future Ready Schools

Webinar: October 16th, 2017
2-2:30 ET

“A Learner with Agency is a Learner that is Future Ready”


Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools®, Alliance for Excellent Education

Kathleen McClaskey, Founder of Make Learning Personal and Co-author of Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning

Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders.

Archived Webinar and Resources:


ACTEM Conference

ACTEM Conference – Celebrating 30 Years
Augusta Civic Auditorium
October 13, 2017

Personalized Learning and UDL: Set the Stage for Learner Agency
presented by Kathleen McClaskey

A Personal Learning Plan (PLP) needs to include goal setting and action planning so that every learner can develop the skills to be a learner with agency. Using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express, discover a 3-step process to empower your learners to tell their story of who they are and how they learn that sets the stage in developing a Personal Learning Backpack of tools and skills and an effective PLP so that they become future ready.


Archive of this webinar along with the transcript and resources can be located here:

Join Kathleen McClaskey as she presents a way to approach personalized learning to help you determine how your learners learn best and to help you to create an environment through the UDL lens of “Access, Engage, and Express.” In addition, Martin McKay will outline how to identify the right tools that minimize barriers and maximize learning for all your learners. He’ll also cover what ed-tech trends and tools are paving the way for the future of personalized learning.

Kathleen McClaskey, founder of Make Learning Personal; co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC; co-author of Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning

Martin McKay, CTO & founder, Texthelp

Moderator: Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

Register Here


Montpelier Public Schools
Inservice Day – Keynote Address and Site Workshops – October 6th

Montpelier keynote


“Personalized Learning and UDL: Realizing Equity, Agency and Self-Advocacy”
presented by Kathleen McClaskey





August 8, 2Podcast with David Truss017

“Let learners construct the learning”

A podcast by David Truss

In June 2016 at ISTE 2016, David interviewed me for this podcast about the importance of learners constructing their own learning. We covered a number of topics including personalized learning, the importance for every learner to know how they learn and how we need to value every learner.


Come Join in the Fun this Summer!

Summer Book Study: “How to Personalize Learning”
presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Barbara Bray

Each Thursday in July at 7pm ET, 6pm CT, 5pm MT & 4pm PT on #plearnchat #bookchat

Summer Book Study
  • July 6th: Chapters 1 and 2 with Kathleen
  • July 13th: Chapters 3 and 8 with Barbara
  • July 20th: Chapter 4, 5 and 6 with Kathleen
  • July 27th: Chapters 7 and 9 with Barbara
Questions for each chat will be posted in Twitter!



ISTE 2017 

San Antonio June 25-28, 2017

Hope to see you at ISTE! Please introduce yourself at the session or during the conference.

BYOD: Personalize Learning by Building a Personal Learning Backpack with your Learners

Wednesday, June 28, 9:00–10:00 am CDT

Presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Luis Perez

Luis Perez

One-size-fits-all is out! Personalized learning is in! In this session, you will learn how to begin to personalize learning by helping each learner build their Personal Learning Backpack so they can develop independent learning skills with tools and apps to support their learning.


Matt townsend ShowThe Matt Townsend Show

from BYU Ra

May 25th at 9:20am ET on Sirius XM channel 143 and iTunes Radio

Matt interviewed me on How to Personalize Learning where we discussed Personalized Learning, Universal Design for Learning and how to develop agency with all learners.

Listen to this broadcast!


Dynamic Landscapes Conference
Dynamic Landscapes 2017

Champlain College
Burlington, VT

May 22, 2017

UDL and Personalized Learning: Realizing Proficiencies with All Learners presented by Kathleen McClaskey

How can we harness Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to help each learner develop the proficiencies to be future ready? Join Kathleen in this interactive session to discover a process where each learner can gain independent self-directed skills to master the proficiencies to be prepared for college, career and life.

Building a Culture: Your Foundation for Personalized and Proficiency-based Instruction presented by Josie Jordan and Kathleen McClaskey


5/15/17 #plearnchatplearnchat on May 15th with Pernille Ripp
TOPIC: Passionate Learners

Host: Kathleen McClaskey @khmmc 

Guest host: Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp author of Passionate Learners, Reimagining Literacy through Global Collaborations & coming in summer 2017, Passionate ReadersPernille is also the creator of Global Read Aloud.

Check out the Storify that captured this chat!


TL Talk Radio
Season 3, Episode 11

hosted by Randy Ziegenfuss @ziegeran and Lynn Fuini-Hetten @lfuinhetten

I (@khmmc) was interviewed on May 4th on How to Personalize Learning: The UDL Lens and Learner Agency. Randy and Lynn dived deep in the questions about how using the UDL Lens can empower learners to develop agency.

Listen to this session podcast!


Hacked LEadership
Personalized Learning, UDL and Innovation with Kathleen McClaskey

March 31, 2017

In this episode, Kathleen inspires us to promise agency to every learner in the classroom. She talks to me about how students achieve learner agency and the importance of changing our vernacular to use the word learner instead of the word student.

Listen to the podcast here!

UDL Summit2017 UDL-IRN Summit

Building Personal Learning Backpack Using UDL Lens
Embassy Suites Hilton, Orlando, FL
3 hour Pre-Conference Workshop 
March 29, 2017

presented by Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) and Luis Perez (@eyeonaxs)
The goal of this workshop was to provide participants with a three-step process and a set of practical tools that will guide the UDL journey, beginning with activities to help them discover who they are as a learner. These activities modeled the process they will go through for each learner to develop independent learning skills to support their learning and in building a learner-centered classroom that emphasizes agency and self-regulation

UDLIRN Network and Learn Series

March 6, 2017

Ask Me Anything with Kathleen McClaskey, Personalized Learning

The IRN’s Bryan Dean sits down with Kathleen McClaskey, Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, and co-author of bestseller, Make Learning Personal (2014) and How to Personalize Learning (2016).


January 24, 2017

Webinar: “UDL and Personalized Learning: The Path to Deeper Learning”

Webinar: UDL and Personalized Learning- The Path to Deeper Learning from itslearning USA on Vimeo.

“UDL and Personalized Learning: The Path to Deeper Learning” Webinar offers a deep dive into the fundamentals of UDL, the teacher-learner partnership, and developing student agency. It also provides interesting insights into one district’s leadership and commitment to UDL.

presented by
Kathleen McClaskey, Founder of Make Learning Personal and former CEO of Personalize Lerning, LLC
Mike Jameson, Director of Technology, BCSC

Sponsored by its learning