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 6-7, 2020
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

8:00 am - 8:55 am

BREAKFAST/EXHIBITSuites C/D/E/F

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuites C/D/E/F

9:15 am - 10:20 am

Keynote - Designing for Expert Learning with UDL - Niel AlberoSuites C/D/E/F

As educators we need to model the process of learning and become learners about our practice and the impact of that practice has on student learning. As a support to engaging as an expert learner, educators can use the Universal Design for Learning framework for identifying what is going well, and what is the next piece of work in learning and growing as a professional. In this keynote, we will use classroom video to simulate UDL Instructional Rounds observations to ask and answer the question, How is the classroom designed to support all students as expert learners? We will organize our observations using the UDL Guidelines and descriptors of Expert Learners, and develop next steps as learning designers for developing a culture of continuous learning in our classrooms and schools.

10:20 am - 10:30 am

BreakSuites C/D/E/F

10:30 am - 11:40 am

1. Tech Tools to Support Google Drive and ClassroomAcacia

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight assistive technology that supports struggling students using Google Tools. Snap & Read Universal provides the ability to read text out loud while also leveling content. Quizbot provides a one-click quiz creation tool that also scores content. Co: Writer Universal uses grammar and vocabulary smart word prediction, translation support and speech recognition to help struggling writers. Read and Write for Chrome provides supports for reading, writing and studying

Level: Beginner

2. New Technologies = New Opportunities: The Changing World of ATBamboo

Presenter: Bridget Gilormini (Assistive Technology Specialist)

Today’s assistive technology (AT) includes an incredibly diverse range of products and potentials. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with disabilities. Recent trends include: Telepresence and Robotics, The Internet of Things (IoT), Crowd Funding, 3D Printing, Wearables, Smart Technology, and more. Come learn why/how we should consider such exciting options.

Level: Beginner

3. UDL 101: Getting Started NowBanyan

Presenters: Diane Rozanski (Professional Development Specialist); JoAnn MILLER (Director of Continuous Improvement)

Are you new to UDL? Join us to get started on your journey. This session will cover the three big ideas in UDL: clear goals, proactively planning for variable learners, and designing instruction, materials, and environments so ALL students can learn. You will walk away with knowledge to build a solid foundation to grow as a learner and take action on practical first steps to advance your journey.

Level: Beginner

4. UDL and EE: How to Support both Adult and Student LearnersCrown Palm

Presenter: Cory Welke (CESA 10 Consultant)

This presentation will help educators understand how our ultimate goal of UDL and EE is to create Expert Learners. What are the connections between the two systems? How will our practice within EE impact the learning of our students in the classroom?

Level: Intermediate

5. Strategies for Removing Learning Barriers in a Rural DistrictIronwood

Presenters: Alexandria Conrad (4th Grade); Molly Bowden (4th Grade); Nicole Ubersox (6-8th Grade Math Instructor)

What does breaking down learning barriers look like in a small rural school district? In this session, we will share how the integration of technology and student choice has promoted individual student engagement and success in the classroom. We will also share how we have redesigned 6-8 grade math by recording lessons and utilizing Google Classroom to make the classroom accessible to all students.

Level: Beginner

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuites C/D/E/F

12:55 pm - 2:05 pm

6. Good Kids Bad AppsAcacia

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Teachers - if your students have any of the apps demonstrated in this session on their phones/tablets - it is time to hit DELETE! Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. However, sexual predators and human traffickers are also attempting to use apps to get Face to Face with our students. Attend this session to learn more about the "NOT SO GOOD" apps! NEW resources for educating your students about Sex Trafficking and use of Social Networks

Level: Beginner

7. Let's Talk Social-Emotional Skills!Bamboo

Presenters: Erin Hansen (Special Education Program Director); Jennifer Rasmussen (Instructional Services Director)

Social-emotional skills are essential for students to become expert learners. This hands on session will use the principles of UDL to address ways to incorporate social-emotional skills practice into the classroom for all. Authentically embedding strategies into instructional activities maximizes opportunities to create and build classroom community. Attend this session to learn and practice activities that you can do within your classroom tomorrow to help all students learn and grow!

Level: Beginner

8. UDL in Early Childhood Banyan

Presenters: Annie Kongshaug (UDL Consultant/Educational Consultant); Catherine Daentl (UDL Coordinator/EC Program Support); Sue Erickson (UDL Coordinator/EC Program Support)

What does Universal Design for Learning look like in Early Childhood? Come join this universally designed session that will use the Teaching Cycle to provide the framework for how even our youngest students can become expert learners. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of how the UDL principles are naturally aligned with high quality early learning environments.

Level: Beginner

9. Embracing UDL: Creating an Inclusive Mindshift for StaffCrown Palm

Presenters: Aimee Burazin (School Psychologist); Jennifer Melville (Assistant Principal)

This session will focus on the mindshift needed to truly embrace UDL and help staff move forward with implementing UDL. Learn how Stevens Point Area Senior High, with over 100 teachers, created the mindset necessary to implement UDL by examining classroom practices and focusing on making them more inclusive for all students at the high school. Examples of PLC and curriculum work, centered on UDL, will be shared. In addition, information will be shared about expanding UDL within the district.

Level: Beginner

Keynote Workshop - Experience the CAST Design Studio - Niel Albero (Repeat)Cypress

A living model of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle with UDL where you can come solo, with a partner, or as a team to...

LEARN about each of the UDL guidelines and aligned resources
PLAN a learning experience with CAST design tools
PROBLEM SOLVE using UDL to explore solutions for a personal or school-wide problem of practice
SHARE a plan or question to gather feedback throughout the day
REFLECT on your learning for the day and consider next steps


10. Create Clarity in Learning: Clear Goals, High Expectations and FlexibilityIronwood

Presenters: Becky Charbonneau (Middle School Music Teacher/Instructional Coach); Mark Thompson (High School Social Studies Teacher/ Instructional Coach); Mike Nikson (Instructional Technology Coordinator); Stacy Dippel (Instructional Coach)

All students can learn when educators design the right environment. A learner-friendly environment allows students to access class materials, goals, and expectations. To create this type of environment teachers must proactively plan with student variability in mind. In this session, you will learn about our district’s UDL lesson design template, which helped our teachers set clear classroom goals, create accessible materials and flexible assessments.
*This is a repeat session from last year.*

Level: Intermediate

2:15 pm - 3:25 pm

11. Assistive Technology 101

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Assistive Technology has been mandated as part of special education since 1998 however many school districts and agencies are not equipped with tools or staff to complete assistive technology assessments as part of the special education process. This session will demonstrate free tools and resources that are available to assist classroom educators in assessing students' need for assistive technology.

Level: Beginner

12. UDL from the Ground UpBamboo

Presenters: Louise Hornung (Teacher); Michele Bemke (Teacher)

Where do I begin? This presentation will focus on moving from a fourth-grade, self-contained classroom to a whole group differentiated classroom model with a focus on implementing the Universal Design for Learning. We will share our journey, as well as strategies that were successful in helping learners of all levels achieve academic goals.

Level: Beginner

13. Coach Kim's UDL“Playbook": Tech "Plays" to Promote Engagement in LiteracyBanyan

Presenter: Kimberly Schiefelbein (District UDL Facilitator/Coach)

Do you want to score a touchdown for UDL and Literacy? Increase access and engagement? If so, come explore ways to annotate text, practice reading fluency, and increase student interaction/immediate feedback...digitally! In this session we will annotate text digitally with Texthelp's PDF Reader and Read and Write for Google, demonstrate ways to practice Reading Fluency (using the Practice Reading Aloud Feature), and explore creative ways students can interact with text using Peardeck.


Level: Intermediate

14. What To Do BEFORE You Roll Out UDL In Your SchoolCrown Palm

Presenter: Melissa Emler (Director of Innovation)

UDL is most impactful when implemented throughout an entire system. Preparing a district for a UDL implementation is important, and if you start with sharing the guidelines, you run the risk of UDL being viewed as "one more thing." In this workshop, we will explore conversations that will set the stage for UDL in your district, and we'll examine some quick wins you can achieve before UDL becomes an "official" focus in your school or district.

Level: Beginner

15. So you are implementing UDL:The trial and tribulation of the first 2 years Cypress

Presenters: Carrie Taysom (Special Ed teacher/ELA co-teacher ); Jeff Bork (Math Teacher ); John Bergum (Math Teacher ); Laura Knutson (Reading Specialist ); Mai Kia Yang (Special-Ed Teacher/Math co-teacher ); Melanie Bawek (Science Teacher ); Pete Peterson (Principal ); Rob Kamrowski (Social Studies Teacher ); Suzanne Truax (ELA teacher )

The journey of implementing UDL in a school consists of many peaks and valleys. Join the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Middle School staff as they share their experiences in reaching high expectations for all learners.  This session will focus on co-planning to co-serve, scheduling, and the utilization of technology to incorporate best practices for UDL.  Administrators, teachers, and instructional strategists will share their firsthand experiences to meet the ever-changing complexities of teaching.

Level: Intermediate

16. Using UDL to Design Collaborative Teams at the High School Level

Presenter: Meghan Retallick (Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach)

Attend this session if you are looking for ideas about how to improve collaboration between teacher teams at the secondary level. Learn how Rhinelander High School implemented changes to the 9th grade level English and Social Studies curriculum while keeping teacher collaboration and UDL at the heart of that process. Hear from a panel of various roles about their experiences on this journey and how it has changed their thinking about high quality instruction, collaboration, and UDL practices.

Level: Beginner

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

LeRoy Butler - Q & A - Autographs, PicturesSuites C/D/E/F

Friday, February 7, 2020

9:15 am - 10:20 am

Keynote - Be the spark! Light the path! - Luis PerezSuites C/D/E/F


Luis Perez’s mission is to help educators create more inclusive learning environments for all through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, the selection of appropriate assistive technology for those students who need it to address barriers to learning, and the authoring of accessible content. As a person with a disability/disabled person, he has witnessed firsthand how these three components of inclusive learning can come together to create the fertile ground upon which every person’s full potential can flourish. Join Luis for a highly personal talk in which he shares his own personal journey in education and the lessons and insights it can provide for creating learning environments where every learner is empowered and gains a powerful voice for telling their own unique story of success!

10:30 am - 11:40 am

17. The Road Less Taken…Using Journey Mapping to Address Learner VariabilityAcacia

Presenters: Colleen Morgan (Math/Gifted and Talented Teacher); Kristine Choate (Special Education Teacher); Lana Leonard (Instructional Coach)

Participants will learn about the design thinking process, analyze a lesson, and apply principles of UDL to create instruction that meets the needs of all students. Our team from South Middle School will highlight the benefits of design thinking and feature a journey mapping experience that builds empathy for the variability in all students. Participants will identify lesson design barriers and leverage UDL to brainstorm creative solutions with the goal of creating more engaging lesson plans.

Level: Beginner

18. “Let it Go” and Become Powerful LearnersBamboo

Presenters: Diane Rozanski (Director of Information Technology); Janice Mertes (WI DPI Digital Learning Consultant)

In the movie Frozen, Elsa transformed from an unconfident, young woman into a strong-willed character in command of her powers. Integrating the Wisconsin Information Technology Literacy (ITL) standards into your instruction will help facilitate the development of powerful UDL expert learners who are purposeful, motivated, resourceful, knowledgeable, strategic and goal-directed. During this session, we will unpack the standards and see how your students can “Let it Go” and become POWERFUL learners.

Level: Beginner

19. New Technologies = New Opportunities: The Changing World of AT (REPEAT)Banyan

Presenter: Bridget Gilormini (Assistive Technology Specialist)

Today’s assistive technology (AT) includes an incredibly diverse range of products and potentials. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with disabilities. Recent trends include: Telepresence and Robotics, The Internet of Things (IoT), Crowd Funding, 3D Printing, Wearables, Smart Technology, and more. Come learn why/how we should consider such exciting options.

Level: Beginner

20. Using Lesson Design to Scale UDL Across Grade LevelsCrown Palm

Presenters: Diane Jensen (Instructional Coach); Diane Jensen (Instructional Coach); James Ackley (Principal); Kari Reneau (1st grade teacher); Mary Loeffler (Instructional Coach)

At Royal Oaks Elementary in Sun Prairie, planning lessons through the lens of barriers and options in designing learning experiences for a given lesson or unit has created an opportunity for grade level collaboration and sharing of strategies. We will review a lesson design template and then have an opportunity to apply the template to personal classroom lessons by identifying potential barriers as well as strategies to ensure accessibility to grade level instruction.

Level: Intermediate

Keynote Workshop - Essential But Not Sufficient: AEM in the Context of UDL - Luis PrezezCypress

From a UDL perspective, Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and accessible technologies may be customized and adjusted to meet the variable preferences and needs all learners bring into a learning experience, making accessible technologies assets for everyone. In this session, Luis Perez, a Technical Assistance Specialist for the National AEM Center at CAST, will dive into AEM as a foundational component of UDL and provide a plethora of resources to help you get started with the selection, curation, and creation of accessible educational materials. You will learn about simple changes you can make to create your own accessible materials from the start, (by design!), including practical tips for handouts, presentations, web pages, videos and more. You will also learn about sources of alternative (“specialized”) formats for print materials, how to acquire them, and related supports for effective student use.


21. Feedback That Leads to Continuous ImprovementIronwood

Presenters: John Schlender (Consultant); Kris Joannes ( Program Specialist)

The process of continuous improvement (if done well) pushes on changes in both educator practice and belief systems. Participants will explore the alignment of UDL Guidelines and Principles to the WI Educator Professional Practice standards to allow for the specific, actionable feedback needed to move practice forward. Participants will practice collecting evidence of UDL practices, and use a feedback protocol to guide professional conversations with colleagues around the implementation of UDL.

Level: Intermediate

11:50 am - 12:30 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuites C/D/E/F

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

DPI Updates - Daniel Parker

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm

22. iPad: Ultimate Tool for Special EducationAcacia

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight features of the new operating system iOS 13! The ipad provides the tools to provide Universal Design for Learning for special education students. Learn how to use your iPad as a scanner to make paper materials usable on the iPad, how to turn your iPad into a magnifier, have all text read out loud, multi-task, complete screen recordings, use voice to text, add screen controls and much, much more

Level: Beginner

23. Accessible Learning Environments: A Gallery Walk of Predictable SupportsBamboo

Presenters: Andrew Jagow (High School Science Teacher); John Henney (High School Math Teacher); Mark Thompson (Teacher/Instructional Coach); Matt Pfister (Phy. Ed. Teacher); Mike Nikson (Instructional Technology Coordinator); Rachel Lintereur (High School Social Studies Teacher); Stacy Dippel (Instructional Coach/4th Grade Teacher)

Last year teachers in Sheboygan Falls School District read Dive Into UDL by Luis Perez and Kendra Grant. They were inspired to create accessible/flexible learning environments for all students. Join us to gain insight into how to create predictable supports for learners in your district. Participants will see examples of these supports in multiple subject areas/grade levels on an interactive gallery walk with teachers from our district that have a passion for accessibility and student learning.

Level: Intermediate

24. (Not) the Odd CoupleBanyan

Presenters: Shannon Schultz (Special Education Instructional Coach); Terese Weiler (Gifted/Talent Instructional Coach)

Todd Rose says, “There is no such thing as an average learner”. As a special ed. coach and a G/T coach, collaboration around students with “jagged profiles” is a top priority. The principles of UDL are especially important in designing instruction to engage and ensure success for ALL students on the edges. As we have learned about the power of UDL, we have grown to see that what’s good for one may be good for many.

Please visit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfqDv8Krero&t=1s) to learn more.

Level: Intermediate

25. Connecting SEL and UDL

Presenter: Mia Chmiel (Associate Director of School Improvement Services)

Connecting SEL and UDL approaches are critical in providing students with a classroom environment that supports the WHOLE child. During this session, participants will learn how to connect SEL and UDL strategies in order provide students the opportunity to become expert learners who are emotionally self-regulated, engaged, purposeful, motivated, knowledgeable and goal-directed members of the classroom and community.

Level: Intermediate

Keynote Workshop - Essential But Not Sufficient: AEM in the Context of UDL - Luis Perez (Repeat)Cypress

From a UDL perspective, Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and accessible technologies may be customized and adjusted to meet the variable preferences and needs all learners bring into a learning experience, making accessible technologies assets for everyone. In this session, Luis Perez, a Technical Assistance Specialist for the National AEM Center at CAST, will dive into AEM as a foundational component of UDL and provide a plethora of resources to help you get started with the selection, curation, and creation of accessible educational materials. You will learn about simple changes you can make to create your own accessible materials from the start, (by design!), including practical tips for handouts, presentations, web pages, videos and more. You will also learn about sources of alternative (“specialized”) formats for print materials, how to acquire them, and related supports for effective student use.


26. EquatIO: An App to Increase Accessibility in MathematicsIronwood

Presenters: Sara Fleischman ( CESA 6 Director, Math Center); Tina Lemmens (CESA 7 Math & Digital Learning Specialist)

Use EquatIO® to Reduce Barriers in the Mathematics Classroom

Learn how to use EquatIO® to integrate UDL into your math classroom to empower and engage your students. Reduce barriers by enabling students to use their computer or chromebook to type, handwrite, or dictate any expression,equation,or formula with no tricky coding or math languages to master. EquatIO® is free for teacher use. There is a fee for student use. Bring your device.

Level: Beginner

2:25 pm - 2:40 pm

RAFFLE/CLOSING REMARKSSuites C/D/E/F