Upcoming Events



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 Learn 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.


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A Learner with Agency is a Learner Who is Future Ready

presented by Kathleen McClaskey
Session # W2-02, Wednesday, 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm, Room: Piscataquog (B)

As we try to educate all children to become independent and self-directed learners so they have choices in college, career, and life, our promise should be for each child to develop learner agency. But how can we as leaders fulfill that promise to create learner-centered environments where all children develop agency so that can pursue their passions and interests, take ownership to learning and be future ready? Participants will learn about a 3-step innovative process based on the learning sciences to develop agency with all learners. First, discover how you can empower learners (of all ages) to tell their story of who they are and how they learn and then create a Personal Learning Backpack of tools and skills to support their learning along with a Personal Learning Plan so that they can develop goals and action plans to become future ready for college, career and life.


Empower Learners with UDL: Build a Personal Learning Backpack for Agency

presented by Kathleen McClaskey and Diana Petschauer
Session # BDTu01-F, Tuesday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Robert Frost

In this workshop, participants will learn about developing a Learner Profile (LP) in order to build their Personal Learning Backpack (PLB). When you identify how you learn best using the LP, the next step is to determine what tools/technologies, apps and skills you need in your PLB to support your own learning. Demonstrations and examples of LP’s and PLB’s will be provided along with time dedicated to exploring tools and technologies. Using different provided learner profiles, participants will work in groups to brainstorm tools, apps and resources that can enhance a strength or support a challenge of the learner in accessing information, engaging with content or expressing what they know. At the conclusion of the workshop, each group will share and reflect from the perspective of the learner about the tools and skills they need to develop agency and advocates of their own learning. Walk away with skills, resources and tools to create a learner centered environment in your classroom!





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.