Kathleen McClaskey

Kathleen McClaskey, M.Ed. is CEO and Chief Learning Officer of Empower the Learner, LLC, founder of Make Learning Personal, LLC and former CEO of Personalize Learning, LLC. She is an innovative educational leader with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, K-12 administrator, international speaker, professional developer and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant. Her strengths and expertise include personalized learning where she co-authored two educational best-sellers, Make Learning Personal (2014) and How to Personalize Learning (2016). In these publications and with her 24 years of experience in using UDL in practice with teachers, parents and learners, she introduced the concept of the Learner Profile that included the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express for learners to know, understand and take action around their learning. In 2020, she expanded her research on identity and finalized the 3-Step Empower the Learner Process. It is designed to empower all learners to develop a positive self-image along with the skills, tools and practices regardless of disability, race or ethnicity so that they can realize their hopes and dreams. Kathleen is passionate in empowering learners so they become independent self-directed learners, learners with agency, who are future ready for college, career and life.

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