2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (Virtual) Conference

33. When Academic Language is the Barrier

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Session Dates

Thursday March 02, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Webinar


Academic vocabulary are the words we use in our academic disciplines (e.g., science, history, math, literature). Some terms like “factor” and “environment” are general and used across disciplines, but can mean something different in different contexts. The word “factor” in math references a multiplicative relationship between numbers (e.g., 8 and 3 are factors of 24). In history, “factor” is an issue or event that explains something. Talk about confusing! This session will share research-based practices to help you focus on which words to teach and we’ll talk about how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) takes us further than the typically suggested “multiple modalities.”

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan, at [(610) 878-7224, or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Loui Lord-Nelson

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

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Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.