Ari Fleisher manages visioning and operations for the NH UDL Innovation Network. She supports educators in exploring how UDL can help to further meaningful learning in their classrooms. Ari facilitates small and large teams as they identify barriers and design strategic, intentional ways to make learning more effective and inclusive.
Through her previous work with curriculum, school climate and culture, and social-emotional learning, Ari has loved to see learning environments come alive, both in and out of classrooms. Ari believes that UDL can help to deepen students' excitement about learning, sparking that innate joy of discovering something new. She is thrilled to be spreading UDL to help students, educators, schools and systems set up for long-term success.
In her role as an Implementation Specialist, Susan partners with educators to implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to practice. Before coming to CAST, Susan was on the faculty at Plymouth State University where she designed and coordinated a graduate teacher certification program and taught graduate and undergraduate courses about inclusive elementary education.
For over twenty-five years, Susan has consulted with in-service educators on issues related to inclusive learning design in her roles at both the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UCED) and at the University of Vermont’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion (UCED). She has presented nationally and internationally and co-authored books, chapters, and teacher resources on this topic. Susan taught as an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at the University of New Hampshire’s Graduate School for nearly a decade. Her earliest jobs were in public elementary schools where she worked as a special educator, a general education classroom teacher, and as one of New Hampshire’s first Inclusion Facilitators.