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    Thursday, April 16 – Friday, April 17, 2020

    Join us for two days of an online, immersive, and interactive introduction to Universal Design for Learning, April 16–17, 2020.

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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Using the syllabus as our template, we'll begin to explore how to put the components of universal design and the four core principles (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust, or POUR) into practice. Brought to you by the NSF funded ATE Central project and the National AEM Center at CAST, we'll explore how you can shape your class syllabus to provide a welcoming environment for all students, including those with disabilities. There will be time to get answers to your accessibility questions, and examples of how others in the community college sector are putting Universal Design for Learning into practice in their classrooms and labs.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern writing.

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    Senior Innovation Scientist

    As Senior Innovation Scientist, Bob applies his expertise in neuroscience, learning science, assessment, instructional design, UX design, and programming to the challenge of providing students with flexible and effective learning opportunities and teachers with the resources and supports to make this happen.

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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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    Instructional Designer & Research Associate

    After earning master’s degrees in American Studies at Yale University, I worked on my doctoral dissertation which investigated the role of the image of home in American culture up to the Civil War. This somewhat esoteric topic led to digging into ...

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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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    Research Associate

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    Educational Research Scientist