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Are you seeking innovative ways to enhance your school's professional development programs and educational resources? SimpleK12 is the leader in online professional development for K-12 educators, offering a vast catalog of content and customizable solutions designed to support the unique needs of schools and districts. Join Caitlyn Luberger for this timesaving, to the point session and explore the transformative potential of SimpleK12 and how partnering with us can benefit you, your school, or your district. Participants will also discover how SimpleK12 supports educators in achieving their professional learning goals, staying ahead of educational trends, and improving student outcomes. Prepare to elevate your school's professional development initiatives with SimpleK12 and enrich teaching and learning experiences. With SimpleK12, your educators will have access to the tools and resources they need to inspire and empower their students, driving success and excellence in education.  Key Takeaways Understand that SimpleK12 is the leader in online professional development for K-12 educators.   Visualize SimpleK12’s digital learning platform, its features, and the extensive catalog of content available.  Learn how to efficiently navigate SimpleK12’s resources to find the most relevant training for your professional growth.   Discover the customizable solutions SimpleK12 offers to schools and districts to support their unique professional development needs.   Presented by Caitlyn Luberger Caitlyn Luberger serves as the Director of Professional Development for SimpleK12, and she has extensive experience as a teacher, lead literacy instructional specialist and professional development facilitator. Caitlyn has worked closely with district leaders, guiding instructional coaches and administrators through district-wide overhauls of instructional practices. She has a deep understanding of the evolving needs and challenges of the current educational landscape. Caitlyn is uniquely qualified and committed to designing and implementing transformative professional development programs to empower teachers and school districts to excel in their mission, fostering impactful experiences in and out of the classroom. Read more

Do you want to explore how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse language learners? UDL strategies can increase access for English learners and help teachers foster students’ language development and academic achievement. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell for this timesaving, to the point session as we explore effective UDL strategies tailored to enhance the academic success of English learners. Participants will also discover valuable resources and gain the confidence to implement these approaches in their classrooms. Join us and discover how to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for your English learners! Shelly’s expertise working multilingual students will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to adapt your current teaching practices to better support the diverse needs of English learners using UDL principles.  Key Takeaways Discover UDL strategies that engage English learners and motivate them to participate actively in their learning.  Learn how to scaffold instruction effectively to support English learners' comprehension and language development.   Explore inclusive teaching practices that ensure English learners have equitable access to the curriculum.   Understand how to create a supportive learning framework that boosts the academic achievement of English learners.  Presented by Shelly Sanchez Terrell Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a distinguished digital trailblazer, renowned international speaker, and the accomplished author of three education technology books. Her expertise has touched the lives of educators in more than 20 countries, where she has served as a guest expert, consultant, and ambassador for the U.S. Embassy. Shelly's remarkable contributions to education were recognized with a prestigious Bammy Award, a testament to her role as a founding figure of #EdChat on Twitter. Her influential website, Teacher Reboot Camp, stands as a beacon in the educational landscape, acknowledged for its excellence as one of the premier blogs in the realms of ESL, EdTech, and eLearning.  Read more

Are you curious about how text sets and read aloud can enhance your approach to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Students of all ages enjoy interactive read aloud experiences. From our youngest readers to those ready to graduate we can support student learning with the intentional planning of multimodal text sets as part of the read aloud experience. Join Natalie Mitchell for this timesaving, to the point session as we discover how to create a quality text set that utilizes a variety of accessibility points regarding the acquisition of knowledge. Get ready to create engaging and accessible reading experiences for all your students! Natalie’s expertise as a literacy consultant will empower you with the tools and resources you need to apply text sets and read aloud across all content areas to support literacy inside every classroom, no matter how old your students are.  Key Takeaways Learn how to outline a replicable structure for creating impactful text sets that align with UDL principles.   Discover how to use structured idea prompts and considerations to prepare and build comprehensive text sets.   Explore strategies for conducting read aloud that engage students and support diverse learning needs.  Understand how text sets and read aloud can serve as effective entry points for implementing UDL in your classroom.  Presented by Natalie Mitchell Natalie Mitchell is a literacy consultant who has worked as a staff development expert and literacy coach for over a decade. With her foundational roots in elementary education, she helps educators develop powerful teaching practices while growing a love for literacy in their classrooms. Natalie holds a master's degree in educational leadership, and she works alongside literacy coaches, campus leadership teams, and program directors to strengthen community and school culture. Read more

Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and accessibility in your classroom? EduProtocols are adaptable lesson frameworks that can be seamlessly integrated into instructional practices to promote collaboration, deep learning, and academic success. They align with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, ensuring all students have equal opportunities to succeed. Join Naomi Louise for this timesaving, to the point session as we delve into innovative EduProtocols that promote inclusive teaching and learning experiences for all students. Participants will discover effective strategies such as Cyber Sandwich, Sketch and Tell, Picture This, Give One - Receive One, and Iron Chef that cater to the needs of diverse learners. Get ready to transform your classroom with the power of UDL and EduProtocols! Naomi’s expertise in differentiated instruction will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to incorporate EduProtocols into your lesson plans and create an environment where all students can thrive, regardless of their individual learning preferences or needs.  Key Takeaways Gain a comprehensive understanding of EduProtocols and how they align with UDL principles to support diverse learners.   Learn practical ways to integrate EduProtocols into your daily instructional practices to enhance engagement and accessibility.  Discover inclusive strategies that cater to various learning styles and needs, ensuring all students can participate and succeed.   Explore how EduProtocols can improve academic outcomes by providing structured, yet flexible, learning experiences that foster critical thinking and collaboration.  Presented by Naomi Louise Naomi Louise is a seasoned education professional with over two decades of experience and is the driving force and CEO of Innovative Educator Consulting. Renowned as an EdTech influencer and women in leadership strategist, she has held prestigious roles such as ISTE Faculty Instructional Coach, Google Certified Innovator, and National Intel Senior Trainer. Naomi’s expertise in brain-based instructional methods makes her a sought-after keynote speaker at education conferences around the globe. As a published author and empathetic educator, she is passionate about integrating STEM creativity into her teacher training programs. Read more

Are you looking for effective strategies to create inclusive digital content that meets the needs of your diverse learners? Designing accessible digital materials not only supports students with disabilities but also enhances the learning experience for all students by providing multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression. Join Lauren Boucher for this timesaving, to the point session as we dive into the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how they apply to creating digital lesson materials. You will also walk away with ideas for creating your own engaging, accessible digital learning activities that cater to all students. Get ready to integrate the magic of UDL into your daily teaching practice! Lauren’s expertise in differentiated instruction will equip you with the tools and resources you need to create digital lesson materials and learning activities that will make your lessons more engaging and effective.   Key Takeaways Gain a thorough understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines and how they can be applied to digital materials.  Learn specific techniques and best practices for designing accessible digital lesson materials and learning activities.   Discover a range of digital tools and resources that can help you create materials that are accessible and engaging for all students.   Develop strategies to integrate UDL principles into your daily teaching practice, ensuring all students have equal opportunities to succeed.  Presented by Lauren Boucher Lauren Boucher is a Regional Consultant for Digital Teaching and Learning with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She holds a master's degree in elementary education and boasts a rich teaching background, including third-grade instruction and gifted education at both elementary and middle school levels. Her expertise also extends to serving as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Pitt County Schools and she shares her insights through both in-person and online presentations at conferences across the nation.  Read more

How do you design lessons that can meet the needs of all learners in a single classroom? The idea can feel overwhelming due to our students' diverse backgrounds, needs, and preferences. One solution is to use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to proactively address this variability. Join Dr. Matt Bergman for this timesaving, to the point session as he shares a user-friendly approach to UDL lesson planning based on six questions to assist in creating accessible, inclusive, and engaging lessons for all. Get ready to discover the power of UDL and ensure every student can succeed! Matt’s expertise in differentiated instruction will equip you with the skills and resources you need to develop inclusive lessons through the UDL framework to address learner variability, needs, and preferences.  Key Takeaways Gain a deep understanding of the Universal Design for Learning framework and its principles to create more inclusive and effective lessons.   Learn the six essential steps to develop and implement UDL-based lessons that cater to the diverse needs of your students.  Discover innovative strategies to engage all learners by providing multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression.  Explore practical tools and resources to support the development of inclusive lessons that promote student success.  Presented by Dr. Matt Bergman Dr. Matt Bergman is an Assessment and Curriculum Coordinator for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College. He also has experience as a teacher, digital learning coach, adjunct professor, instructional designer, consultant, and professional development leader. In 2010, Matt launched the award-winning blog and YouTube channel, Learn Lead Grow, sharing practical UDL and technology integration strategies. Matt's accomplishments include being named the 2015 PAECT Teacher of the Year, serving a faculty member at Harvard University's UDL Institute, and he was awarded the 2024 Elizabethtown College Design Studio Fellowship to study how to enhance student learning through UDL and artificial intelligence. Read more

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