Science for Students Eligible for the PASA: Understanding and Teaching Science

Speakers: Lynda Lupp; Sharon Leonard; Audrey Kappel, Ph.D.; Katie Majewski

Participants will explore science alternate eligible content (AEC) across and within grades using the newly
released Science AEC Across the Grades resource. The process of essentialization will be applied to science
AEC to demonstrate accessibility to the content. Essentialization examples and resources with a focus upon
instructional strategies and vocabulary/language considerations will be provided. A teacher for students with
visual impairments and significant cognitive disabilities will provide her instructional experiences teaching
science. Procedures for assessing student learning and guiding future instruction will be discussed.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, PSYCH

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired,
Teachers who work with students with hearing loss, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind,
Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury, Teachers
who work with students assessed on the PASA

Speakers' Bios: Lynda Lupp currently is the Statewide Special Education Assessment Coordinator for Pennsylvania through the PA Training and Technical Assistance Network.  Her primary responsibilities include the development, enrollment, administration and reporting for the PA Alternate System of Assessment and leading the work of instruction to alternate eligible content.  Ms. Lupp has been in the field of special education for 25 years.  She has served as a special education teacher, a building and district-level administrator, and an advisor and chief for the Bureau of Special Education.
Sharon L. Leonard is an Educational Consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network in Harrisburg, working with Pennsylvania’s Alternate Assessment and Pennsylvania’s Inclusive Practices initiative in addition to leading development of resources and modules in regard to effective instructional practices for students with disabilities.  She has 37 years’ experience in education.  Sharon was a classroom instructor for 19 years prior to becoming a consultant with general and special educators within regular schools. Sharon has represented PA through participation with several federal grants and has also provided training to educators and families in Louisiana and Texas in regard to inclusive educational practices. Sharon is currently supporting the work with PDE and Bureau of Special Education to support instruction of the PA Standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities through development and application of the alternate eligible content.
Audrey Kappel, Ph.D. is the Research and Data Director at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children (WPSB) in Pittsburgh. She has a Ph.D. in Research Methodology, with a focus on assessment of students with disabilities.  Prior to joining WPSB, she was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh providing technical direction on the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.  Audrey also was an educational consultant at PaTTAN Pittsburgh where she has worked on a number of initiatives, including Secondary Transition and Inclusive Practices, and has participated in multi-state consortia on issues concerning assessment.  Her current focus is supporting the Bureau of Special Education with priority projects including the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.
Katie Majewski is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired in the Secondary Department at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children (WPSBC). She earned her Master’s of Education in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Additionally, she possesses three teaching certificates. She has been teaching in the high school at WPSBC since 2012. She has served as a CVI mentor and Curriculum mentor, and also mentors new teachers.