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Revealing the STEM Talents of Neurodivergent Learners

Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Revealing the STEM Talents of Neurodivergent Learners

Presented by Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke, Co-Founder and Director, EdGE at TERC

Sponsored by The Educating All Learners™ Alliance (EALA), An InnovateEDU Project

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Some problems need people who think differently—who think systematically and creatively and see the world in ways others may not. Some students who underperform in class might just be the problem solvers to help tackle the grand challenges we face in our society when they are given a chance to shine. TERC’s research shows that computational thinking activities can reveal the hidden talents of neurodivergent learners.

This edWebinar provides educators, specialists, and administrators with examples of teaching and learning tools that help build elementary and middle school students’ computational thinking while supporting the executive function needs of all learners. Watch to learn how you, your school, or your district can use Including Neurodiversity in Foundational and Applied Computational Thinking (INFACT), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research program, to support inclusive STEM problem solving.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to elementary and middle school teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Dr. Jodi Asbell-ClarkeAbout the Presenter

Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke is an educational researcher focusing on game-based learning, computational thinking, and neurodiversity in K-12. Dr. Asbell-Clarke’s academic background includes an MA in math, an M.Sc. in astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and learning. Early in her career, she was an onboard software verification analyst for IBM during the first 25 missions of the space shuttle. Later, she taught physics and astrophysics at the laboratory school at the University of Illinois. In 1993, Dr. Asbell-Clarke started her research career at TERC. She has led national and international STEM education projects involving curriculum development, professional development of teachers, and educational research. In 2009, she co-founded the Educational Gaming Environments group (EdGE) at TERC to study how game-based learning and other innovative pedagogies can foster inclusive STEM education.


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The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA)

The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is an uncommon coalition of organizations committed to resource sharing and community-building that supports the efforts of the education community to meet the needs of students with disabilities or learning differences. The Alliance represents voices from a diverse range of communities, including disability advocacy, parent, special education, civil rights, and K-12 nonprofit education organizations. EALA leads the development of a Resource Library, Tech Tool Library, events, podcasts, and working groups in order to bring awareness to the challenges and opportunities surrounding students with disabilities in K12 education, and how we can best support them.

The Educating All Learners™ Alliance (EALA)


Thursday, January 19, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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