Access for ALL: Developing Expert Learners (January)

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January 11, 2023 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
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Course description

About the Access for ALL PLC

Access for ALL PLC is an interactive training focused on integrating technology within Universal Design for Learning educational framework within an inclusive classroom.  Anyone is welcome to participate in the PLC training, if you would like to have a team participate in the PLC with coaching support, please contact Cindy Malone at  See the Access for ALL PLC Description document for more information about the overall structure, goals and objectives, and timeline.

January Meeting Details

This session's goal is to learn about developing expert learners, a foundational concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL defines expert learners as students who are resourceful and knowledgeable, strategic and goal-directed, and purposeful and motivated. An expert learner, in the UDL framework, is not necessarily a student with content or domain-specific knowledge, but rather any learner who is motivated knows how to find and use the resources available, and can “take action” toward goals. The UDL framework encourages teachers to expect more from their learning environments/curriculum and consider what would happen if the curriculum was developed to include multiple ways in which all learners, including learners with severe disabilities, can learn.

  • Date: January 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Topic: Developing Expert Learners
  • Location: Online Meeting  Zoom link Meeting ID: 821 5305 9246
  • Link to December PLC Meeting Recording 

Prepare for Learning Before the Session

Prior to the meeting, explore some of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts we will be discussing during the meeting.  Please pick 2 options to read, watch, or listen to from the materials below prior to our PLC meeting to prepare for the discussion and activity.

Follow-Up After the Session

After participating in the PLC session take a moment to reflect on what resonated with you from the conversation, individually and as a team. 


During this year-long Professional Learning event, we will discuss different topics monthly.  After each session please share a short audio or video reflection on the Monthly Personal Reflections topic. Also, comment by typing, audio, or video response to 2 other individuals who are not part of your team. The reflections are important for teams to identify learning, share and get support on any barriers or difficulties, and so we can ultimately celebrate our successes. 


The Team Liaison will organize the Team Reflection activity after the PLC meeting to reflect on goals, questions, and learning from the PLC meeting. Liaisons please work collaboratively with your PLC teams to complete each month’s discussion questions and post a text, audio, or video reflection on the Monthly Team Reflection topic. 

Implementation Challenge: Developing Expert Learners

Is your PLC goal around developing expert learners, a foundational goal of UDL? If so, take the implementation challenge. Work with your students to explore developing expert learners in your classroom and use the universal support tools provided including Snap&read, Co-Writer or Read&Write. Explore the example in the session google document, review other challenges from the past on Flipgrid, or set up a coaching session for support and ideas. Let us know how the implementation challenge goes! 

Teams can share their challenge in any way they choose by email to, post on Access for All Monthly Challenge Flipgrid topic with videos, images, or a text-based story.


Schedule a one-on-one coaching session with Cindy Malone (her calendly schedule) or Janet Peters (her calendly schedule). Email Cindy or Janet  with any questions 

Learning Objectives


  • Understand the what expert learners are and how the UDL Framework supports developing expert learning 
  • Evaluate and modify lesson plans to enhance developing expert learners 
  • Evaluate opportunities to collaborate and design for expert learning across your school 
  • Create lessons that promote the choices, scaffolding, and maximize universal support tools

Supporting Research

Hartmann, E. (2015). Universal design for learning (UDL) and learners with severe support needs. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 11(1), 54-67.

Navaitienė, J., & Stasiūnaitienė, E. (2021). The Goal of the Universal Design for Learning: Development of All to Expert Learners. In Improving Inclusive Education through Universal Design for Learning (pp. 23-57). Springer, Cham.


  • Learn about and understand the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework 
  • Evaluate universal support tools to extend and enhance UDL implementation 
  • Create UDL lessons and activities to integrate the 3 principles of UDL in classroom settings 
  • Engage Students in the language and purpose of UDL

Refund Policy

Registration may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the event for a full refund. Cancellations received within 14 days of the event will not be refunded. No-show registrations will also not be refunded.


January 11, 2023 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
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Cindy Malone
Cindy Malone, M.A. , CCC. SLP Kansas Infinitec AT Facilitator & Trainer

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