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Teaching Computer Science to Students With Disabilities

Thursday, April 06, 2017

It can be quite challenging to meet the needs of all students in CS education, especially when the students exhibit a range of academic needs. How can we provide engaging and accessible CS education to all students, including those with disabilities? 

Maya Israel, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) will lead a session for teachers that focuses on instructional strategies and approaches that specifically support students with disabilities, including those with specific learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This session will focus on strategies such as working more effectively with instructional aides/paraeducators, promoting collaboration strategies that help struggling learners, and applying principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to CS education. 

Maya Israel, Ph.D. is the research director at the Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the Department of Special Education. Her research focus includes developing strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with emphases on computational thinking and computer science. Her research studies focus on accessible instructional models and technologies that promote student engagement, collaborative problem solving, and persistence.


Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-8:30pm
WeWork Chelsea, 115 West 18th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

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