Join live or receive a link to the recording and earn a CE certificate

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Honoring All Learners: An Asset-Based Approach

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Honoring All Learners: An Asset-Based Approach

Presented by David Flink, Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, Eye to Eye; Dr. Michael Maclin, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, Special School District of St. Louis County (MO); Barbara Pape, Senior Director, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise; and Kerri Larkin, Senior Education Advisor, Lexia Learning

Sponsored by Lexia Learning

Watch the RecordingListen to the PodcastRead the Article

Learn more about viewing the live presentation and the recording, earning your CE certificate, and using our new accessibility features.

In our academic pursuit of equity, it is imperative that educators and professionals in special education understand the asset-based perspective, harness the power of neurodiversity, and apply the latest insights from brain science to create supportive and effective learning environments. This transformative edLeader Panel aims to equip viewers with the knowledge and tools to optimize the learning experience for neurodiverse individuals and design schools and systems within them to better serve all students.

Join Lexia’s Kerri Larkin, Senior Education Advisor, as she discusses these important topics with leaders in the education space, including David Flink, Co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, Dr. Michael Maclin, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility for the Special School District of St. Louis County, and Barbara Pape, Senior Director, Learning Variability Project at Digital Promise. Viewers walk away understanding the value of an asset-based approach, how science supports inclusivity, and the best way to help all students find success.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, special education specialists, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

David Flink

About the Presenters

As Co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, David Flink is an author and social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be seen, heard, and valued. David co-founded Eye to Eye at Brown University where he received bachelor’s degrees with honors in both education and psychology. David also holds a master’s degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University. Most recently, David was named a 2021 CNN Hero for his work to support students with learning disabilities.

Michael Maclin

Dr. Michael Maclin was appointed in 2022 as Special School District of St. Louis County’s Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Since joining SSD in 2020, Dr. Maclin established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Framework. He is an award-winning leader offering over 20 years of experience and a strong performance record in driving results-oriented DEIA outcomes. Before SSD, he was honored with several awards, such as the New Principal of the Year Award and Educator of the Year Award. CIO Views, a globally recognized magazine, named Dr. Maclin one of the 10 Most Successful (DEI) Leaders to Watch in 2023. Dr. Maclin was invited to deliver a TEDx Talk in 2023. He holds a doctorate in leadership in teaching and learning, an education specialist, a master’s in educational administration, a master’s in guidance and counseling, and a bachelor’s in communications from Missouri Baptist University. He also received a racial equity facilitator certificate from Harvard.

Barbara A. Pape

Barbara Pape, Senior Director for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise, led a three-year national survey on learner variability and teacher practice, wrote the paper defining learner variability, hosts a monthly webinar series, and co-developed The IEP Project. Previously, she worked in policy analysis and communications for nonprofits and in the U.S. Senate. Barbara has written for numerous publications and was editor of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. Previously, she produced the Teaching & Learning conference for the National Board, worked in the communications office for the AFT during President Al Shanker’s tenure, and headed up government relations for the City Colleges of Chicago. She earned an Ed.M. at Harvard and coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Barbara launched her career as a middle school teacher in her hometown of Pittsburgh.

Kerri Larkin

Kerri Larkin brings more than 20 years of special education experience to her role as Senior Education Advisor for Lexia Learning. Kerri began her career teaching secondary language arts and special education at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS). She left the classroom to become the director of her teacher preparation program, which prepared and evaluated special education teachers in partnership with the George Washington University. Based on her leadership in teacher preparation, Kerri was hired back into DCPS by Michelle Rhee through the Master Educator program. From there, Kerri led special education as the Director for Academic Programs and then Senior Deputy Chief of Specialized Instruction until March 2021. Kerri leverages her experience in partnership with other district leaders to increase educational equity through meaningful inclusion, evidence-based practice, and sustained professional learning. She is a passionate anti-racism advocate with an emphasis on meaningful inclusion and systemic change.

Learn more about viewing the live presentation and the recording, earning your CE certificate, and using our new accessibility features.

Join Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.


Lexia®, a Cambium Learning Group company, is the Structured Literacy expert. For nearly 40 years, the company has focused solely on literacy, and today provides science of reading-based solutions for both students and educators. With robust offerings for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more learners read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit

Facilitate breakthrough moments for students with dyslexia

Back to Top