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Designing Instruction With an Inclusive Mindset

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Christopher Bugaj  
Karen Janowski  
Mike Marotta  
Beth Poss  

Creating an inclusive learning environment requires that educators acknowledge and embrace learner variability when adopting an inclusive mindset. Effective instructional design must reach all learners, including those who are multilingual learners or who learn differently. Come explore inclusive strategies across a variety of content areas that empower every learner.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None needed
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Create a shared vision and culture for using technology to learn and accelerate transformation through the coaching process.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This interactive session will focus on helping participants develop an inclusive mindset to meet all learners’ needs. A foundational principle necessary when adopting an inclusive mindset requires educators to believe all learners can learn. Educators working to design inclusive experiences embrace and acknowledge the fact that everyone is unique with different abilities, backgrounds, and preferences. Promoting an environment that is learner-centered, flexible and embeds choice are necessary components of intentional inclusive design. Our session will allow participants to explore numerous strategies that promote inclusive learning, focused on all content areas, reading, writing, STEAM, executive functions, social/emotional learning, research and studying, and professional learning. Participants will be offered opportunities to experience a variety of inclusive strategies while creating a learning environment welcoming to all using ideas captured in the book, Inclusive Learning 365. Participants will be inspired to reflect on their own professional practice and determine what can be replaced with more inclusive methods which reach all learners.


Discuss adopting an inclusive mindset, authentic inclusion, and how to design experiences that support every learner. (15 min) (Interactive quiz, padlet, Jamboard/
Facilitate discussion of how to create sustainable change to the culture of one’s own practice. (15 min) (small group discussion)
Share inclusive, learner-centered strategies which empower every learner for success. (25 min) (peer-to-peer interaction, collaborative Padlet and Jamboard)
Wrap-up/Next Steps (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Inclusive Learning 365, EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year by Chris Bugaj, Karen Janowski, Mike Marotta, and Beth Poss
The New Assistive Tech by Chris Bugaj
Instructional Coaching in Action by Eisenberg et al

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Christopher Bugaj, Loudoun County Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast about using technology to design inclusive educational experiences for those who use augmentative/alternative communication. Chris is the author of The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, published by ISTE, co-author of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools.

Karen Janowski, EdTech Solutions Inc

Solutions, Inc in Reading, MA. She co-moderates #ATChat and co-authored Inclusive Learning 365, published by ISTE. Karen is passionate about supporting educators in their efforts to ensure all learners have access to the inclusive strategies, tools, and resources they need for success, independence, and empowerment.

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 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 a co-author of the ISTE book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and co-moderator of the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat.

Beth Poss, Beth Poss, Educational Consulting

Beth Poss is an educational and technology consultant, accessibility and inclusion advocate, speech/language pathologist, and former assistant principal. She is currently the Director of Educational Programs for LessonPix. Beth is passionate about designing educational environments that support all students in accessing a rigorous curriculum and meeting educational outcomes. In her work with school districts, universities and national and state level organizations she focuses on how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an essential component in designing equitable and inclusive learning environments. She is one of the authors of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year

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