It’s important when personalizing learning that the learner understands and can articulate their strengths, challenges, preferences, needs, interests, talents, aspirations and passions to teachers, parents and school counselors. During this session, Andelee and Stephanie will share with you how they guide all students to discover and advocate for what kind of learner they are, using Universal Design for Learning principles and the model developed by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey both in the regular education environment and during IEP development. Participants will have a chance to hear a panel of students present who they are as a learner and reflect on how the learner profile has helped them make good choices when determining how they want to access, engage and express what they’ve learned and advocate for accommodations in the classroom.
Andelee Espinosa (@AndeleeEspinosa)
Andelee is passionate about moving classrooms to include meaningful inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning, personalized learning, strengthening co-teaching teams, utilizing learner profiles to help students better advocate for themselves in the classroom and conducting student-led IEP meetings. She enjoys integrating activities that promote collaboration, critical thinking and communication such as BreakoutEDU and project-based learning in her classes. In addition to case managing, she co-teaches Algebra 1 and Physics. Outside of school, Andelee is actively involved in managing a talented Destination Imagination team and enjoys spending time getting dirty in her butterfly garden or cooking with local and seasonal ingredients.
Stephanie is a special education teacher of 12 years with experience co-teaching in the subject areas of English, math, and science. Within the personalized learning environment, she promotes and helps students make choices that meet their learner profile, so that their strengths are used to excel their knowledge and improve upon their challenges.