Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies Event Series at KU Edwards Campus

To support a vision of professional development for our colleagues in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we have partnered with the KU Edwards Campus to host the Strategies Event Series, as a continuation of the summer Strategies Conference hosted in Lawrence each year.  We invite all PK-12 educators, as well as others who are interested, to join us for a free professional development event series in Overland Park, Kansas. Please RSVP online to attend, so that we can ensure there are enough refreshments, chairs, and copies of handouts provided for all.

2018-2019 Presentations

Saturday, November 3
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The Illusion of Average: Using UDL to Break Down Barriers & Build in Flexibility | View promotional flier here (pdf)
with Eva Horn & Stephanie Parks, Department of Special Education

This session will explore the illusion of “the average student” and advocate for the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is an evidence-based set of principles that guides educators in designing learning environments that are effective and accessible to all students as opposed to “teaching to the average.” By investigating the three key principles of UDL, participants will learn how to increase flexibility and break down barriers for curriculum design and instruction.

View presentation slides here (pdf) | Audio/visual recording available upon request.

Stephanie Parks

Stephanie Parks

Eva Horn

Eva Horn

Saturday, February 23
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Presentation Title to be Announced
with Steven Case, director of KU's Center for STEM Learning; Carrie La Voy and Laurie Cleavinger, Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Presentation description to be announced. Please check back often or RSVP now to save the date.

RSVP here.

Steven Case

Steven Case

Carrie La Voy

Carrie La Voy

Laurie Cleavinger

Laurie Cleavinger

Saturday, April 13
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Co-Teaching to Support Students with Learning & Behavioral Needs
with Katie Zimmerman & Irma Brasseur-Hock, Department of Special Education

Presentation description to be announced. Please check back often or RSVP now to save the date.

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Katie Zimmerman

Katie Zimmerman

Irma Brasseur-Hock

Irma Brasseur-Hock


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