Creating Learning Spaces With an Inclusive Mindset

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Christopher Bugaj  
Caroline Haebig  
Karen Janowski  
Mike Marotta  
Beth Poss  

Join the authors of two ISTE books as they discuss inclusive learning strategies and building makerspaces that model the universal design for learning guidelines in action.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Making an inclusive learning environment a reality takes intention, planning, and time. Little by little, day by day, educators can move the needle by designing and delivering experiences MADE for everyone. Learners participating in these experiences work to solve authentic problems by crafting, creating, and generating artifacts that also demonstrate their learning. This session outlines key strategies educators can use to develop a culture where choice is at the center of the design of the learner experience.


-Define authentic inclusion and discuss how to design experiences that support every learner. (15 min)
-Discussion of embracing small adjustments to practices to create sustainable change to the culture of one’s own practice. (15 min)
-Presenters will share strategies to empower every learner to take charge of their own learning. (15 min)

Supporting research

Inclusive Learning 365 (ISTE, 2021) by Christopher Bugaj, Beth Poss, Mike Marotta, Karen Janowski
The Maker Playbook (ISTE, 2021) by Caroline Haebig

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Christopher Bugaj, Loudoun County Public Schools
Caroline Haebig, School District of New Berlin
Karen Janowski, EdTech Solutions Inc
Mike Marotta, ATAC, Disability Rights New Jersey

Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter providing practical training to professionals interested in assistive and inclusive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ) teaching Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center and serves on the CAST Accessible Educational Materials Advisory Board. Mike is also the founder of EdcampAccess NJ and co-moderator of the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat.

Beth Poss, Beth Poss, Educational Consulting

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