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A Learner with Agency Is a Learner Who Is Future Ready

Agency Webinar


Future Ready Schools® Invites You to a Participate in a Webinar

 A Learner with Agency Is a Learner Who Is Future Ready

Monday, October 16, 2017
2:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Kathleen McClaskey, Founder, Make Learning Personal; Coauthor, Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning
Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools®, Alliance for Excellent Education

On October 16, 2017, Future Ready Schools® held a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders.

As the nation strives to educate all young people to become independent and self-directed learners so they have choices in college, a career, and life, each child must be promised the opportunity to develop learner agency. How can that promise be fulfilled?

In this webinar, Kathleen McClaskey discussed how to empower all learners with the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Lens: Access, Engage, and Express, which is a three-step process that results in learner agency. All learners should take ownership of their learning and they need a way to talk about who they are and what their strengths and challenges are in addition to the details about their interests, talents, and aspirations. The process to develop learner agency includes a Learner Profile (LP), Personal Learning Backpack (PLB), and Personal Learning Plan (PLP). The LP will help students tell their story and from there, conversations and relationships will uncover the learner in each child.

Questions to consider during the process:

  • What can be derived from the LP to develop a PLB of tools, resources, and skills for each learner?
  • What should be included in a PLP for each learner to develop agency?
  • How can a culture be created where learners are more valued than students?

Panelists also addressed questions submitted by online viewers.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available in FRS Hub shortly after the event airs.

Future Ready Schools® (FRS) is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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