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Educators are invited to take an “EmPower Trip” this school year to learn how to design lesson plans that meet the needs of all learners.

The EmPower Trip Webinar Series will focus on simple Universal Design for Learning strategies for vocabulary, literacy, writing and communication. UDL is a framework for lesson design that considers upfront the diverse needs and preferences of all learners in any class. The framework guides educators to consider multiple means of representation, engagement and action/expression. The goal of UDL is to present alternative ways to access information, build skills and internalize learning to produce learners who know what they need and are able to advocate for their needs to reach their goals. 

The purpose of the series is to expand teacher and parent knowledge of Tier 1 Universal Design for Learning strategies that may be integrated across all grade levels and across all content areas. The goal is to guide attendees to understand the relevance of the strategy and to demystify the concepts of Universal Design for Learning.

The free EmPower Trip courses will take place the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 to April 15 (except for Jan. 1). All courses will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Advance registration is not required.

The courses will be hosted by author and educational specialist Phyl Macomber, president and CEO of Practical Assistive Technology Solutions Inc. based in New Hampshire; and Debra Fitzgibbons, coordinator for Oregon Technology Access Program and Regional and Statewide Services for Students with Orthopedic Impairments, based at the Douglas Education Service District in Roseburg. 

For more information, including a full list of courses, visit

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