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    Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 29, 2015

    Learn step-by-step lesson planning strategies using the UDL principles and guidelines, ways to evaluate curriculum and tools and resources for flexible instructional tools, including new technologies.

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    Senior Policy Analyst

    A nationally recognized expert in accessible educational materials and Universal Design for Learning, Skip Stahl has extensive experience in advising education stakeholders--including states, district leaders, publishers and policy makers--on how to ...

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    Director of Technical Assistance

    Joy Smiley Zabala is a leading expert on the use of assistive technology (AT) to improve education for people with disabilities. As a technologist, special educator, teacher trainer, and conference speaker, Dr. Zabala has earned international recognition ...

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    Research Associate

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    Superintendent, Andover (MA) Public Schools

    On July 1, 2015, Dr. Sheldon H. Berman assumed the superintendency of the Andover Public Schools in Massachusetts, as their interim superintendent for 2015-16...

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    Project Director, AEM Center & CITES

    Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) and the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). She is responsible for ensuring that the Centers meet their goals to increase the use of accessible educational materials and accessible technologies by learners with disabilities across preK-12, higher education, and workforce development.

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    Director, Learning Disabilities Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Deborah Waber is a developmental neuropsychologist who has carried out extensive research on typically developing children and children with learning disorders with a variety of etiologies, both developmental and secondary to medical illnesses. Her research ...

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    Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning

    As Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning,  Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind. She studies these themes by drawing from approaches that emphasize partnerships between researchers and practitioners in order to examine interventions through iterative cycles of inquiry. She seeks to explore how these research-practice collaborations can serve as meaningful sources of professional learning for educators.

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    Occupational Therapist & Special Educator (retired)

    Denise DeCoste, Ed.D., is an occupational therapist and a special educator with 30 years of experience in the field of assistive technology (AT). ...

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    Screen shot of Writer's Key online tool for teaching composition writing

    Vue, Hall, et al., 2015

    This descriptive study examined focus group data gathered to address two questions: First, do data from focus groups affirm and expand our understanding of writing and writing development among middle school students? And second, do data from focus groups provide information helpful to the use of digital technology for enhancing writing instruction, production, and engagement?