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The Education Conference 2019

School of Education’s 8th Annual Education Conference
UDL: Education for All Implementing Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) to promote accessible and equitable education for all.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm PM @ William Jessup University

A conference for educators to collaborate on best practices for tomorrow’s classroom.

Join us at William Jessup University on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 for the 8th annual School of Education’s Education Conference. This conference is designed to empower educators with practical tools to support student learning in the classroom and beyond. This is a great professional development opportunity for preservice and inservice teachers, administrators, and higher education faculty.

2019 Featured Speakers

Ashley N. Serin, M.A.

Ashley N. Serin is a Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, Instructional Coaching Specialist, CAST trained UDL Presenter, Google Certified Educator, Author, and Professor who specializes in Universal Design for Learning and Coaching for the Placer County Office of Education. She supports districts across California in UDL professional development and implementation, including county-wide trainings, site-based trainings, coaching, demo lessons, lesson study facilitation, UDL PLCs, implementation planning, follow-up supports for administrators, and more. She has worked with all grade levels across a variety subjects and has experience in Alternative Education schools, English Language Development classes, Emotionally Disturbed programs, Honors and AP courses, and more. She is also a Professor of Instructional Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring for the William Jessup University School of Education MAEd Program.

Keynote Overview

Keynote Description: In this Keynote Presentation, Ashley Serin will talk about three key mindset shifts needed for educators to support ALL students in learning at high levels. These mindset shifts are grounded in the research of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, a framework that requires a paradigm shift in the structure of the traditional classroom setting. It is about changing the learning system of the past to meet the needs of our kids today. This shift in education starts in the mindset of teachers, administrators, parents, and the community when it comes to approaching the design of learning for ALL students. We will touch on three of the mindset shifts needed to create a universal learning environment that supports every student. These three shifts are: 1. Embracing the variability of all learners in your classroom 2. Removing the barriers to allow all students to access the learning targets and 3. Promoting expert learners both within and outside the classroom. While the UDL framework is geared toward classroom teachers, these universal mindset shifts are beneficial for all involved in a child’s education.

Learning Objectives for the Keynote Presentation:
1. Understand the variability of learners and the myth of the ‘average’ learner
2. See barriers in the learning environment, not the student, and identify how to remove those barriers
3. Understand expert learner characteristics
4. Walk away with a mindset that supports our work toward equity and ensures ALL students are given the opportunity of high-quality education.

2019 Ed Conference Keynote Headshot_Ashley Serin
2019 Ed Conference Keynote_bill MacDonald

Bill MacDonald, Ed.D.

Dr. Bill MacDonald is the Director of Elementary Programs and School Leadership in the Rocklin Unified School District, and a former Principal, Instructional Coach, and teacher. Bill develops and leads professional development at the county, district, and site level around UDL, RTI, PBIS, and other facets of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.. He has also served as a coordinator for STEM education including leading training in inquiry based science, Cognitively Guided Math Instruction (CGI), and the integration of technology and robotics in K-12 education. Bill is passionate about student and adult learning and counts lesson study, instructional rounds, and UDL as important components of his instructional toolkit. He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, an M.Ed. from UCLA, and an Ed.D. from USC. Bill lives and plays in Placer County with his wife Melissa, daughter Molly, son Liam, and Hunter the dog.

Keynote Overview

In this keynote presentation, Bill will share insights into the current state of education in the 21st century and the unique challenges it presents to educators. All indicators point to continued acceleration in technology and globalization and an increasingly dynamic economy. To prepare today’s students for active and engaged participation in this world, educators will need to insure that students are self-actualized learners with the meta-cognitive skills to drive their own learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can provide a road-map for educators that can help develop this capacity in their students and create masters of learning. This may be the most important gift we can give students and perhaps… determine the future of all human beings.

Conference Goals

  1. Identify “Front Burner” Educational Needs
  2. Create a Forum to Share, Discuss and/or Practice Instruction that Improves Student Learning
  3. Highlight and Discuss the Application of Current Educational Research
  4. Promote and Support Teacher Learning Communities
  5. Be a Highly Accessible and Affordable Professional Development Opportunity

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM: Registration and Connection

08:50 AM - 9:50 AM: Keynote Presentation with Ashley Serin, M.A.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Breakout Session 1

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM: Breakout Session 2

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM: Breakout Session 3

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Keynote Presentation with Dr. Bill MacDonald

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Raffle and Closing

Share your Experiences and Ideas with Colleagues and Pre-Service Educators!

The Education Conference is designed to address identified educator needs. Presenter’s will present during one or two of the three breakout sessions of the day. Presenter benefits include: optional on-campus pre-conference dinner, free registration to attend main sessions and additional breakouts (as available), access to the presenter hospitality room, free conference lunch, room assistants and mailed certificate of appreciation for presenting at the conference. Your participation will allow you to expand your professional portfolio and be a part of a dynamic community of current and past presenters.


All presentations will challenge attendees to consider and apply new student centered practices in their classroom!


The conference is proudly located at William Jessup University, the first and only WASC accredited private four-year university to have its main campus located in the greater Sacramento area. Its sprawling 125-acre Rocklin campus began as the design of award-winning architect Frank Gehry and continues to expand to meet the needs of a rapidly growing university.


William Jessup University is easily accessible from I-80 by means of CA-65.
2121 University Ave Rocklin, CA 95765


A feature unique to The Education Conference is the dining experience. Lunch is included with the conference provided by Bon Apetit. In addition to fine dining, plenty of parking is available and friendly ‘red shirt’ volunteers await to help and direct questions.

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