The Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in K-12 Settings

Goals, methods, materials and assessments are the cornerstones of good instruction, especially for a diverse classroom. Our classrooms are made up of students who come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic settings and possess a multitude of abilities. As educators, we should be providing flexible options and multiple ways for our students to absorb process and show information. Come learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all students equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning is concept developed from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) that provides a structure/framework to support various educational initiatives for ALL students, regardless of ability.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

Beginner

UDL | Assessment

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Para Educators: Don’t be Fooled about Technology Supports in the Classroom

This webinar will present an overview of and data which supports the importance of engagement within the general educational setting. Strategies for Para Educators will be discussed and examples shown of how classrooms have used Universal Design for Learning strategies to provide engagement for all students, regardless of disability. Web-based tools and other in-class supports and definitions, including definitions of accommodations versus modifications, will be used to illustrate best practices for engagement.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

Beginner

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Self-Regulation & Calming Techniques for Children with Autism

Both educators and families will find this session beneficial! This session will present a variety of self-regulation and calming techniques to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to reduce their anxiety and stress levels and to calm down enabling them to develop self-regulation. Calming techniques tied to cognitive behavior modification to help reduce meltdowns in children with ASD and build focus for learning will be discussed.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

Beginner

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This is not a DRILL: Real Skills For Real Life With Autism

People with Autism have a very specific set of characteristics and therefore require specific strategies while working with them. In this session we will discuss the specific characteristics of people with Autism, how this can look as they become adults, and strategies that have been found to be successful for people with Autism in the real world. We will also look at social skills and behavior as the people work with get older. Real life stories will be shared!

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Beginner

Autism | Social Skills

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Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants in the Classroom: What do Educators Need to Know?

Based on the work of Marc Prensky, this presentation will highlight resources and strategies to consider when looking at developing lesson plans for today’s digital learner including those students with disabilities. Presentation highlights will cover Universal Design for Learning and brain neuroplasticity for all learners. Some strategies will include the use of technologies and non-technology items to engage students more deeply into content.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

Beginner

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On-The-Go Activities for Nurturing the Growing Child

Many families and other care givers (as well as educators) have limited time, resources and may not have the necessary skill-sets to effectively prepare children for academic and school success. Using a fun and games approach, in this session, you will learn a variety of innovative “On-the-Go” activities to engage with children and build their vocabulary, literacy, math and science skills while on-the-go or at the grocery store or waiting at the dentist’s office.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

Beginner/Intermediate

Games | Literacy | Math | Science

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Getting Your Classroom Ready for the New School Year for Your Students with Autism

In this session I will walk us through setting up your classroom if you are teaching students with Autism. We will discuss items you will need, steps to take to be prepared for day one of school and the days to come after that. Children with Autism have a very specific set of characteristics and therefore also require a very specific set of strategies as well. I will share some of these important strategies with you.

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Beginner

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Fun and Functional Learning

This interactive workshop will take a look at two key elements of a meaningful learning activity: fun factor and functionality. Do you know the key motivators for the individual you are working with? Are there at least 2 of those motivators embedded within each activity? Is the learning activity purposeful and meaningful to the individual and others in the environment? Simple concepts that are sometimes missing in the activities we ask our learners to engage in. Learn how to become a better motivator detective.

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

Beginner

Motivators | Learning

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IEP Facilitation and Conflict Prevention

This webinar provides an overview of IEP facilitation and the skills you need to prevent conflict as well as create a collaborative meeting process. It fosters collaboration that encourages professional interaction and shared responsibility among team members to address the needs of students.

Cassie Velasquez

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Cassie Velasquez

M.Ed

Cassie Velasquez, M.Ed., is a national trainer for Key2ed, training special education personnel and administrators on Individual Education Plan Facilitation and Conflict Resolution. She serves as a Neutral Facilitator for problematic IEP meetings in Scottsdale, and across the country, providing a structure and a process for the meeting that is collaborative and empowering for all team members.Cassie brings 20 years of educational experience focusing on special education. Her career began working with children with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) but she has gone on to teach children with all types of disabilities. She was nominated for Scottsdale Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2003 by the Scottsdale Charros, a charitable organization widely known for their dedication and support of excellence in education. In 2004, she was selected to participate in a two year consortium regarding Autism.

Robin Keim

Robin Keim

M.A.T.

Robin Keim, M.A.T. is a national trainer for Key2ed. She provides training on conflict resolution and IEP meeting facilitation (FIEP) to state and local education agencies. She is a facilitator for high profile meetings. In addition, she is a Special Education Administrator for Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. There she provides educational leadership by fostering parent and school team relationships, collaborating with school teams and improving student outcomes.

Robin began her career in special education over 20 years ago where she worked in Ireland with students whose disabilities ranged from mild to severe, cognitive and physical disabilities. After returning to the United States, Robin received her Master’s in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. Since 1992, Robin's scope of experience in Special Education has spanned from the classroom, where she has taught in all levels of special education, to administration.

Beginner

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Teaching a Classroom of Students with Autism – Got Started, Now What?

Teaching children with Autism requires specialized instruction and depends on how the room is set up, how you communicate, how you manage behaviors, and how to modifying curriculum to name a few. In this session you will learn some specific strategies and resources to use to manage behaviors, increase social skills, and modify instruction so that you can get the most out of your school day.

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Intermediate

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