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Science of Teaching Reading: Explicit Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Technology/Digital Tools

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Science of Teaching Reading: Explicit Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Technology/Digital Tools

Presented by Irma Brasseur-Hock, Ph.D., Program Director, University of Kansas Department of Special Education Online Programs, and Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning; James Basham, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas; and Sean Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas

Sponsored by Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas

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In this edWebinar, we explore the science of teaching reading, emphasizing the importance of explicit instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and the integration of technology and digital tools. Our focus is on instructional design features that impact reading outcomes for all students, including those students with disabilities and those at risk for failure.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Irma Brasseur-Hock

About the Presenters

Dr. Irma Brasseur-Hock is a Program Director for the University of Kansas Department of Special Education Online Programs and an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. Dr. Brasseur-Hock earned her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Kansas. Together with her colleagues, she developed and validated the Fusion Reading curriculum, a reading program for struggling adolescent readers. She has also designed an online asynchronous professional development model in which extensive digital supports for teachers and students are available to support the implementation of the Fusion Reading curriculum. Dr. Brasseur-Hock has been a Teaching Professor for the University of Kansas Special Education Department for 14 years. She has extensive experience as a special education teacher and is highly regarded for her skills as a professional development specialist, particularly in the area of blended learning and adolescent literacy.

James Basham

James D. Basham, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He is the founder of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Implementation and Research Network. His research is focused on the implementation of UDL, STEM education, learner-centered design, innovation, and technology in human learning. He has received and managed over $27 million in successful research and development funding. He is well-published, has given hundreds of talks, serves on various boards for journals, companies, and organizations, and is the principal investigator on various projects, including the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL).

Sean Smith

Sean J. Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He is also the Past President of the technology division for the Council for Exceptional Children, Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET), and member of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Congress. Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on innovations and technology solutions to support struggling learners and those with disabilities, particularly interventions aligned with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. At present, Dr. Smith is the principal investigator on a federally funded project exploring the impact of virtual reality on struggling learners in the area of social-emotional development. He has authored over 100 books and articles, given hundreds of scholarly presentations both nationally and internationally, and serves on various boards for journals, organizations, and parent groups focused on enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Smith, with a variety of collaborators, has received and managed over $25 million of external research and development funds. Most importantly, he is the father of four children, one having Down syndrome. It is through this work as a father that he has sought to apply his knowledge of effective practices with parents, family members, and similar stakeholders as we look to enhance the lives of our children, ALL of our children!

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University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences

The online special education programs at the University of Kansas help guide educators, professionals, and family members who support students with disabilities as they work to achieve their full potential. As leaders and advocates, these individuals must understand the unique strengths and needs of persons with disabilities. From assessment tools and inclusive teaching methods to adult transition strategies, the KU SOEHS Department of Special Education helps you build a solid foundation for students to flourish.


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