"Reaching High Expectations: Success for ALL"   |   Technology Rich Solutions for Supporting Inclusive Practices "Reaching High Expectations: Success for ALL"
Technology Rich Solutions for Supporting Inclusive Practices

Date: February 7-8, 2019
Location: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Featured Speakers

Joni Degner


Joni Degner is a member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and a full time UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Indiana, a district nationally recognized for UDL practices and implementation. In her role as a UDL facilitator, she designs professional learning in Universal Design for Learning and Cultural Responsiveness for Teachers and leadership. She works should-to-shoulder with learners to deepen their UDLknowledge and implementation. Joni is a recognized international expert in Universal Design for Learning and leads conferences and workshops that focus on implementation of Universal Design for Learning for schools, districts and organizations.

Niel Albero


Niel Albero, CAST UDL Implementation Specialist
Niel comes to CAST as a UDL Implementation Specialist, working with school-based teams to develop understanding around the UDL framework and customize their experience to their context.
As an educator for 20 years, Niel has worked in Special Education, Middle School Mathematics, and as an Instructional Coach.  He is most passionate about Engaging all Learners and designing Learning Environments that reduce barriers for students.
Niel earned his masters in Reading at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT and C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership, American International College, Springfield, MA

Barbara Van Haren

Dr. Barbara Van Haren is currently the State Director of Special Education at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  Barb has worked at the district and regional levels and in higher education prior to coming to the state level, bringing rural, suburban and urban experiences. She most recently served as the Director of Special Education & Pupil services at CESA 1 for 45 school districts and 23 charter schools in the Milwaukee area. In the past, Barb has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Servies in Howard-Suamico School District, as an Assistant Professor at UW-Oshkosh and as a special educator and leader in her hometown of Oconto Falls. Barb continues to teach as an Ad Hoc professor of special education specializing in collaboration and leadership. Barb is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, attending Wisconsin public schools and the UW-system, earning her doctorate in educational administration from UW-Madison. She has served as past-president for WCASS and for ARC for Fox Cities.