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Learning Community

UDL Learning Community

Universal Design for Learning creates a culture of expert partners, which in turn creates a community of practitioners. MCIU is committed to provide a variety of offerings that remove barriers and provide multiple entry points for our participants to become knowledgeable, motivated, and goal-directed expert learners to create equitable classrooms that support all learners. We invite participants to be a part of a cycle to deepen understanding about Universal Design for Learning, apply practice, and gain feedback from a professional community of learners. This community will provide the opportunity to engage and be supported in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning practices with colleagues from around the county.

Components of the exploration community will include: virtual experiences with MCIU and Cabrini University staff  and opportunities for classroom or school consults.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of UDL theory and its application in the classroom
  • Apply foundational concepts of UDL to instructional design.
  • Create scaffolds and resources to support the UDL guidelines.
  • Explore how to implement UDL concepts in lesson design and classroom structures.
  • Design, implement, and reflect on UDL lessons.

Register for CYCLE ONE

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Virtual Webinar

Thursday, November 11, 2021

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9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual

Thursday, December 2, 2021

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Virtual Webinar

REGISTER FOR CYCLE TWO 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

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9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual

Thursday, February 10, 2022

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Virtual Webinar

Thursday, March 24, 2022

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9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Virtual Webinar

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual

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Lauren Benfield is a Project Consultant who is passionate about supporting all students and has prioritized that in her offerings. Her professional learning opportunities are interactive, reflective, and strategy-driven to guide participants from theory to classroom practice.

Prior to her employment at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Lauren taught for nine years at the secondary level, particularly in the areas of literacy and science. Utilizing her degrees in Reading and Special Education, her role as a project consultant focuses on Inclusive Practices, Literacy, and MTSS. Her hope is to collaboratively work with her participants in designing instruction that can meet the needs of all students. She will often share relatable stories during her presentations, some educational and some personal, and loves to learn from her participants and their experiences.

Lauren enjoys dancing, theatre, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching the newest released show on Netflix.

"When all students learn together, each student learns more."
Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenBenfield2

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Erin's experience in the field of education has spanned the past 20 years of her life. Erin started her career at the Hatboro-Horsham School District as a Learning Support Teacher, primarily supporting middle school students in the area of mathematics. She was also a Special Education Coordinator. She currently holds a position in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, working primarily in the areas of UDL, STEM, and Inclusive Practices.

Erin holds a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Reading with a certificate as a Reading Specialist. In addition, she holds a Middle Level Math Certificate.

Making education accessible for ALL students is what drives Erin to share her knowledge and understanding with educators and administrators. Her innovative, hands-on professional development sessions will leave you wanting more! Her desire to model best practices in trainings is an effort to "practice what you preach" and provide you, the learner, with the best tools possible for instructing in your space and meeting the needs of all students.

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Jesse Gluckman is a Project Consultant who specializes in helping school personnel create classroom environments that emphasize growth for all learners. A strong believer in experiential learning, Jesse utilizes techniques that actively involve his participants so they can experience "learning by doing."

Before becoming a professional developer, Jesse spent 12 years in the classroom, mostly delivering science and math instruction at the middle school level, but he has a special place in his heart for students who have emotional difficulties. Jesse likes art, laughing, cooking, and most importantly...eating! Don't ever hesitate to open- and share- a snack during a workshop with him. His down to Earth and approachable demeanor will make you feel at home as he encourages you to share and learn both with and from others.

Follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseGluckman
Send snacks to: MCIU

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Sarah Misner is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Development at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. As a Project Consultant, she works in the areas of literacy and English language development and has served in this role since 2012. Sarah provides professional learning opportunities, technical support, and coaching. Some of her areas of focus include:
*Program mentor and instructor for the English as a Second Language Teacher Certification Graduate Program through the MCIU
*Certified trainer of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)
*IU point of contact for the Montgomery County ESL Council and Title III Consortium

Prior to serving in this role, Sarah works with students in kindergarten through eighth grade as a reading specialist and as an elementary emotional support teacher. She believes that through looking at the educational research and translating it into practice, we an better meet the needs of ALL learners.

Sarah has a Bachelors in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Education form Arcadia University. She holds Pennsylvania Certifications in Special Educations PK-12, Reading Specialist PK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and Program Specialist English as a Second Language PK-12.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahmisner23