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Creating Accessible Learning Environments: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Wednesday December 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Tyler Samstag, Director of Instructional Innovation, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3
Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Education Regional Manager, Common Sense Education
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a philosophy that embraces flexibility in the way learners are engaged in learning and addresses the accessibility of materials, tools, and practices used by and with 21st-century learners. This edWebinar provides an overview of the guiding principles of UDL and highlight a wealth of resources to help teachers recognize ways that instruction, materials, and environments can be optimized for all learners.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of all grade levels.
About the Presenter
Tyler Samstag is the director of instructional innovation at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, a regional education service provider in Western Pennsylvania, where he serves as the director of transformED, an initiative that makes education transformation possible, from classroom to school to district. Tyler started his career as a special education teacher in New York City, implementing literacy interventions in both traditional and alternative academic settings, including juvenile correctional facilities and residential psychiatric hospitals. Later, while living in Boston, Tyler completed an internship with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through universal design for learning (UDL) and was a member of the IDEO Bits + Blocks CoLab, a program aimed at building novel experiences around the technologies inspired by Bitcoin and blockchains. Tyler holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and graduated from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard University.
Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh regional manager at Common Sense Education. She is responsible for helping school districts build a culture of digital citizenship among educators, students, and their families. She designs and delivers professional development for preK-12 educators that focuses on the implementation of Common Sense’s K-12 digital citizenship resources along with how to integrate technology into the classroom. Through her work, she has had the opportunity to share best practices by presenting at ISTE, ASCD, PETE & C, TRETC, ICE IDEAcon and GAETC.
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