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Future of Education Technology Conference





Empower All Learners With a Personal Learning Backpack

Presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Diana Petschauer
January 30th, 2pm at SOUTH 310D – Orange County Convention Center

We want all our learners to take ownership of their learning. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to explore a variety of tools, apps, and resources to build a “Personal Learning Backpack” that can support their learner’s challenges and strengths. Learn how to create “Learner Profiles” that consider the learning strategies and skills students need in order to be more independent and self-directed. Templates will be provided for each participant. Demonstrations will include apps and tools that provide students with voice and choice to access and process information, engage with content, and express what they know and understand.



AT NOW 2019

February 7-9, 2019
Salem Convention Center
Salem, Oregon

February 8, 2019

The Power of Story – Co-Keynote with Luis Perez

In this presentation you will hear two powerful stories related to the impact of the UDL Lens as a means for bringing self-determination and agency into the lives of all learners. First, you will hear from Dr. Luis Perez on his experiences as both an English Language Learner and a person with a visual impairment who achieved success in school by shifting his perspective on disability and using photography and video to tell his story as an advocate for the rights of all learners, especially those in the margins of education. Next, you will hear from Kathleen McClaskey and her personal story of her dyslexic son whose experiences now drives her mission to ensure all educators discover the learner in every child. She will then share her story as a teacher who entered education in the 1980’s where she embraced the idea that in order to teach every child she needed to build relationships with her learners by listening to their stories. Together, Luis and Kathleen believe that when we empower children to tell their stories, we validate them and show them that we trust and respect them as learners.


Empower Learners with the UDL Lens: Build a Personal Learning Backpack for Agency and Self-Advocacy

February 8, 2019 – Workshop Co-presented with Luis Perez

Agency and self-advocacy are critical qualities in becoming a lifelong learner that is college and career ready. An expert learner is one who has agency and can self-advocate based on a good understanding of his or her strengths, challenges and personal interests. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a process and a set of practical tools that will guide every learner in developing self-advocacy skills through the application of the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express in order to create a more learner-centered classroom that emphasizes agency and self-regulation.




March 4, 2019, 12:30-1:45
Austin, TX

Mentor Session


Talk to me about:

– How to personalize learning for all learners using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lens.
– How to empower learners with the learning sciences to share their story about the what, how, and why of their learning to develop an inclusive learning culture with equity at the center.
– How to use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lens in daily instructional practice and develop agency and self-advocacy skills with all learners.



UDLIRN Symposium 2019
March 25th – 27th
The Orlando Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Studios

March 25, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshop (Pre-register)
Workshop Co-presented with Luis Perez

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.