In this universally designed session, participants will become familiar with different approaches to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) implementation within and across an organization and county. In this session Placer County Office of Education staff will share our countywide approach to scaling up, building capacity and sustaining UDL practices in order to ensure equitable access and support for all students. Presenters will share evidence and research based practices for UDL implementation based on UDL Guidelines with a focus on improving academic, behavioral and social-emotional outcomes for all students. Successes, challenges and lessons learned will be shared along with resources to support local implementation for participants.
Jennifer Hicks is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Placer County Office of Education. Ms. Hicks oversees the Early Learning, Equity Innovation and Support, and Leadership and Learning Collaborative departments at PCOE. Ms. Hicks holds a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU, Sacramento and an MS in Educational Leadership from Walden University. She successfully integrates a framework for improvement and implementation science into professional learning, coaching and leadership practices. She designs and implements programs and services that promote research-based school improvement practices and serves the diverse needs of students. Ms. Hicks is a WestEd Equity Accelerator Fellow and has a passion for ensuring equity and creating sustainable systems change.
As the Director of the California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy (CCIL), Shamryn Coyle works collaboratively with educators to address student literacy development through the lenses of inclusion, access and equity, using UDL as the foundation for design. She is a systems thinker, and is passionate about creating systems that will support the needs of all learners. Shamryn brings 23 years of experience to this work with a background in educational leadership, early childhood, elementary, bilingual, and special education programs as well as language and literacy development. She has spent her career working with historically marginalized communities and sees her work with the CCIL project as an opportunity to impact systemic change to create more inclusive and equitable opportunities for all learners. Relationships and authentic connections are at the core of her work.
Kathryn Ferreira is the Senior Director of Continuous Improvement and Support at Placer County Office of Education. Prior to being a Director for the County Office of Ed, Kathryn was a Site Principal of Title I, program improvement schools, Vice Principal, an instructional coach, professional development provider, and teacher. Her expertise comes from her recent work at the school sites on building sustainable systems for Multi-Tiered System of Support, on-going professional development and coaching, instructional leadership, as well as building capacity through effective Professional Learning Communities. Her efforts in school reform were focused on the whole system, which included creative and systematic approaches to addressing the needs of underserved students.
Kimberly Lilienthal is Senior Director in Educational Services for Placer County Office of Education and is administrator for their five state accredited educator preparation programs. Kimberly earned a BA from University of the Pacific and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Brandman University. Kimberly has been involved in professional learning, coaching and mentoring based projects for the past 19 years, 7 years at the district level and 12 years with the County Office. Past projects have included West Ed Math Matters, three California MSP grants, three USDOE Teaching American History grants, and educator preparation/credentialing. Kimberly’s focus in education has been on professional learning activities that are sustained and embedded in practice. One of the things she appreciates most about her work at the county office is collaborating with educational researchers and other instructional and educator preparation leaders across the state.