2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (In-Person) Conference

43. Make Learning Accessible, Inclusive, and Awesome for All!

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Session Dates

Thursday March 02, 2023 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center


Students of all abilities head off to kindergarten with bright smiles, eager for the journey of discovery and with a passion for learning. Then, somewhere along the way, school becomes a chore. It transforms from an experience students want to do into something they have to do. For many, one of the first lessons they learn in school is that they are not good at it. Let’s shift that paradigm by rethinking how we design educational experiences to empower every student to embrace their passion for learning. This session will allow participants to take the opportunity to mesh contemporary educational principles such as Universal Design for Learning, The Growth Mindset, Project Based Learning, The Maker Movement, The Least Restrictive Option, and the use of technology to transform practices to empower students of all abilities to take charge of their own learning. Come to the session as an educator, leave transformed as an Educational Experience Designer.

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan at (610) 878-7224 or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Christopher Bugaj

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

By registering for the PDE Conference, you authorize PDE/BSE/PaTTAN to record and edit into the program and related materials your name, likeness, image, voice and participation in and performance on film, tape or otherwise for use in the above program or parts thereof. You agree that the Program may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the producer and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity.

Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.