Delaware's 25th Annual Inclusion Conference

Dover, Delaware
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Delaware's 25th Annual Inclusion Conference
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
United States

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Keynote: Solutions for Equitable AccessElizabeth Berquist

Equity is the basis for inclusive educational system change. Schools need to be equipped with tools to ensure equity for all students while addressing the students’ diverse needs. As such, administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers need professional learning that builds their capacity to learn and coach others in order to ensure equity. Leaders enter this work from different places and Universal Design for Learning will help us to design experiences that, from the inception, address existing learner variability and eliminate those barriers in the environment and instruction. This keynote session will challenge participants to consider how the UDL framework could be used to design learning experiences that move equity theory into practice; moving from theory to practice around the collective recognition of inequity is at the heart of consideration in our work.

Award-winning educator Liz Berquist brings almost twenty years of experience in Pre-K to 12 and higher education to her current role as Coordinator of Professional Learning for the Baltimore County Public School District (BCPS)—the 23rd largest district in the US—where she designs and delivers professional learning for district leaders.  She began her career in BCPS, first as a classroom teacher and then as a central office staff member; Liz recently returned to BCPS after spending eight years as a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Maryland.  Her research focused on Universal Design for Learning, conceptual change, faculty professional development, and enhancing university-school partnerships in professional development schools. Liz was also responsible for a multi-year Universal Design for Learning Professional Development Network (UDL PDN) developed to introduce faculty to the UDL framework and to build capacity in the design and delivery of courses that applied UDL to instruction.  This work will be featured in the forthcoming text Transforming Higher Ed Through UDL: An International Perspective (Routledge Press).  Liz has been a member of the CAST faculty cadre since 2010.  In this role, she consults internationally with schools and universities, with a focus on implementation science, coaching, and professional learning communities.  Dr. Berquist is a frequent presenter at national conferences and is an invited facilitator for the Harvard Graduate School of Education Programs in Professional Education Summer UDL Institute. She is a member of the UDL Implementation and Research Network Board of Advisors and the CAST Professional Learning Advisory Council.  She is currently completing a second book, The UDL Journey (co-authored with Patti Ralabate), slated for publication in 2019.


Conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2019  

7:30 a.m.

Registration, Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Solutions for Equitable Access—Elizabeth Berquist
10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Workshops (six 3.5 hour concurrent strands)
12:00 p.m.

Deli Buffet
1:15 p.m.

Workshops continue
3:15 p.m.

Conference close
 Parent Session, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 
6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Parent Information Center

Guest Speaker Linda Bastiani Wilson

Liz Berquist

Contact Information

  • Loretta MacLaren
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