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Webinar Universal Design for Learning

Designing Options for Every Learner: Universal Design for Learning

Oct 19, 2015 2015-10-19

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Presented by Christopher Bugaj, Assistive Technology Trainer, Loudoun County Public Schools; with Mark Nichols, Special Education Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools

Traditionally, teachers plan a lesson and then, with support of a special educator, the lesson is adapted to meet the needs of students who have disabilities. In this interactive, collaborative webinar, attendees will use the principles of universal design to work together to practice a model where lessons are created with every learner in mind. Using our collective prior knowledge of instructional technology tools, we will work together to convert the content traditionally delivered on a paper-based worksheet into an authentic, meaningful learning experience that engages a spectrum of abilities and interests. Loudoun County Public Schools' Christopher Bugaj and Mark Nichols will provide a new model for lesson planning to share with your district, as well as a host of tools and strategies for using contemporary educational tools to meet the needs of every learner.

Attendees will come away equipped to:
  • describe the three pillars/principles of Universal Design for Learning;
  • redesign a lesson with a Universal Design for Learning perspective; and
  • share a key phrase to summarize a Universal Design for Learning framework.
This webinar will be useful for any educator including teachers, media specialists, administrators, technology resource teachers, related service staff, and parents.

Presenter Bios
Christopher R. Bugaj is an Assistive Technology Trainer for the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for LCPS. Christopher is the coauthor of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools (published by ISTE.) He is the host of The A.T.TIPSCAST, a multiaward-winning podcast about providing options to students, and the author of ATEval2Go, an iPad app that helps professionals perform assistive technology consultations and evaluations. He is on Twitter @attipscast.
Mark Nichols is the Special Education Supervisor of Assistive Technology & Digital IEP System for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia. He is the LCPS Division Level Administrator for AIM-VA and serves on the AIM Coordinating Council for the state of Virginia. Mark is an active member of Virginia's Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) Advisory Board, which provides feedback and guidance on various state initiatives. Follow him on Twitter @thetechflash2.

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