Including Low Incidence Students in STEM Using a Universal Design for Learning Framework

Speakers: Vicki F. Knight, Ph.D., BCBA

*This speaker will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance. 

This session focuses on practical methods for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) across grade levels through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The presenter will demonstrate how to include individuals with diverse learning needs, including low incidence students, in STEM courses and curriculum within the planning, instructional, and assessment stages, using both innovative and “tried and true” methods. The presentation will show a step by step model of instruction that can be used throughout various grade levels. Teachers will walk away with a deeper understanding of how UDL can be applied in STEM, from developing the "big ideas", essential questions, and goals for all students in the classroom using a unit and lesson plans. Ready-made resources, lesson plans, and assessments/rubrics will be shared; videos, discussions, and role-play will be used.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech Therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 

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Victoria (Vicki) Knight
is an Associate. Professor in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Knight has more than 25 years of experience working with students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her research interests include: (a) promoting learning of academic content, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); (b) evaluation of the collateral benefits of inclusion in STEM for students with ASD, and (b) evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based practices for students with ASD. She has published, presented, and trained educators in these areas internationally. Dr. Knight was recently presented with a Research Award by the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities for her impact and innovation in the field of ASD. She has published 45 peer reviewed articles and presents internationally on these topics. Dr. Knight serves on the editorial boards of three journals, including the Journal of Special Education, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. She works closely with undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students across several research projects.