Education Innovation Research Network

Education Innovation Research Network

The Education Innovation Research Network provides Rhode Island scholars with opportunities for collaborative research on education innovation topics and creates partnerships with state and national stakeholders that leverage the wealth of knowledge here in our state. Through partnering with nationally recognized experts and by working closely with state and local education leaders, this network will be a resource that can address pressing education challenges, while serving as a model for national efforts toward innovation.

The Education Innovation Research Network is a partnership between EduvateRI,  The College & University Research Collaborative and the Rhode Island Office of Innovation

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Personal Learning Backpack: Empower Learners using the UDL Lens

by Kathleen McClaskey

Part 2 of the 3 Part Series on Using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage, and Express

Once a learner has indicated their strengths, challenges, and interests along with their preferences and needs in the Learner Profile (LP), then the teacher can work with the learner to develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB).

The UDL Lens: Access, Engage, and Express

The PLB using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens is for all learners. It is about teachers understanding how learners access information, engage with content, and express what they know and understand. This lens is also for the learner to understand how they learn best. It validates the learner and prompts conversations about their learning between the teacher and learner. To understand this process and how tools, resources, strategies and skills can support learning, we created this table as prompts to use for the learner to apply access, engage, and express...Read the full article here.


As part of the Education Innovation Research Network Catalyst Series Events, Kathleen McClaskey will be presenting on personalization and universal design for learning on May 31, 2017 and June 1, 2017. To learn more about the events and to register, click here. 

About Kathleen McClaskey 
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, keynoter, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they become independent self-directed learners who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen continues on her mission for educators to discover the learner in every child and to level the playing field for all learners. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University and has been an adjunct graduate instructor for Plymouth State University the last 15 years.



The Learner Profile: Get Up Close and Personal Using the UDL Lens

by Kathleen McClaskey

The excitement in starting a new school year is happening across the country. Educators have spent the summer preparing for the beginning of the school year, attending workshops on new curriculum, understanding how to use data with their new learners or getting acquainted with competency-based report cards. But stop there! What about the information that tells you how to engage and motivate your learners? How do you discover the learner in each child from the beginning of the school year so this is the best year yet? What about how each learner learns best and how to develop agency with each of them?

Read the full article here.


This is Part One of a three part series on using the UDL lens of Access, Engage and Express to develop a learner with agency. In Part 1, we introduce you to the Learner Profile (LP) and how it can be used by both teacher and learner to discover the learner. 

In Part Two, we will take the Learner Profile and develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB) that includes tools, apps, resources and the skills the learner needs to become an independent, self-directed learner. 

In Part Three, we will take the PL and PLB and demonstrate how to help learners develop agency with an effective Personal Learning Plan (PLP). In the PLP, learning goals with action steps to develop independent learning skills will be illustrated along with college, career, personal and citizenship goals. 


As part of the Education Innovation Research Network Catalyst Series Events, Kathleen McClaskey will be presenting on personalization and universal design for learning on May 31, 2017 and June 1, 2017. To learn more about the events and to register, click here. 

About Kathleen McClaskey
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, keynoter, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they become independent self-directed learners who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen continues on her mission for educators to discover the learner in every child and to level the playing field for all learners. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University and has been an adjunct graduate instructor for Plymouth State University the last 15 years.



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