DO-IT Works with Science Teacher Associations to Promote Universal Design

Lyla Crawford, DO-IT staff

DO-IT is working with the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA) and the Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) to deliver two Capacity Building Institutes (CBIs) to science teachers in the Pacific Northwest this October.

The full-day sessions will be presented in conjunction with the WSTA Annual Conference on October 12th in Spokane, Washington and the OSTA Annual Conference on October 14th in Roseburg, Oregon.

The presentations, titled The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Science, will focus on universal design concepts as a foundation for increasing student achievement and general curriculum access in science and math for students with disabilities and others with diverse learning needs. This framework emphasizes the use a of curriculum where the learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments serve learners with a broad range of characteristics and benefit all students, not just students with disabilities. The use of academic accommodations and development of student self-advocacy skills to promote student success will also be presented. Participants will engage in small group learning activities that explore universally designed curriculum characteristics and a step-by-step accommodation model for fully including all students in science.

For information on registering for these sessions, connect to the DO-IT Newsflash at www.washington.edu/doit. Visit the OSTA Conference Information page at http://www.oregonscience.org/page-1485259, visit the WSTA Conference Information page at http://wsta.net/conferences, or contact DO-IT at doit@u.washington.edu or 1-888-972-DOIT (3648).