Tara Trainor is a rockstar teacher leader who was selected for the original CAST cohort for educators in 2007 and has been a leader and trainer in UDL ever since. With twenty years of experience in both elementary and secondary education, Tara is one of the most creative, innovative educators today. With undergraduate degrees in special education and psychology and a graduate degree in reading and language from the University of Massachusetts, Tara has the unique perspective of practicing UDL as a special educator, a reading interventionist and a classroom teacher and can share on-the-ground strategies to support educators at all levels and in all subjects. Tara has collaborated and worked in conjunction with Katie Novak to design graduate courses and professional development since 2007.
Additionally, with a strong proven track record of raising student achievement, Trainor’s experience as a reading specialist, classroom teacher and literacy curriculum coordinator have provided her with extensive experience in supporting teams of teachers in analyzing data to plan and develop educational program recommendations and implementation of UDL strategies in all three tiers of literacy. Trainor excels at supporting teams to track and analyze data on teacher and student performance to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve student achievement results. Partnering with her for professional development will increase the engagement and efficacy of all students.