What is an Example of a Multiple-Day CBI?

Below is an agenda for a multi-day CBI that is similar to one conducted by the University of Washington. Participants in a wide variety of positions developed solutions for the under-representation of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Most participants were administrators or support staff for projects that serve to increase the successful participation of women, minorities, and people with disabilities in STEM.


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Multi-Day Agenda

Tuesday

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening Social

Wednesday

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast & Networking

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Welcome
Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, DO-IT Director, University of Washington

Distribute the evaluation form Pre- and Post-Test for Professional Development to participants and ask them to fill out the Pre-Test (front side of the form).

Distribute CBI Agenda and the following handouts (available at www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/)

  • Making Math, Science, and Technology Instruction Accessible to Students with Disabilities-A RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS AND TEACHER EDUCATORS (which includes most handouts and videos referenced in the agenda)
  • DO-IT Free Printed Publications
  • DO-IT Videos, Books, and Training Materials

Introductions

Students with disabilities share STEM access perspectives in video
Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities (on DVD or at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=34)

9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
Pursuit of a STEM Career: A Personal Story
Dr. Imke Durre, Scientist, National Climatic Data Center

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Broadening Participation in STEM
Dr. Mark Leddy, National Science Foundation

11:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Access Barriers, Solutions—Accommodations and Universal Design

Teachers and students share ideas for assuring access to STEM courses for students with disabilities in video
The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science (Video and handouts available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=28)

11:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Small Group Discussion Format

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Working Group Discussions
Question: How are STEM access issues for people with disabilities the same as those for other underrepresented groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, women)? How are they different?

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Each group shares one way STEM access issues for people with disabilities are (1) the same as and (2) different from those for other underrepresented groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, women).

1:50 - 2:45 p.m.
Activity: Discover Accommodation and Universal Design Strategies for a Hands-On Science Activity
Valerie Sundby, Lyla Crawford, Project Coordinators, AccessSTEM

Educators share universal instructional design strategies in video
Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction (Video and handouts available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=13)

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Critical Junctures Panel
Projects to increase participation of people with disabilities in STEM share experiences and insights.

3:50 - 4:30 p.m.
Working Group Discussions
Question: In what ways do making STEM activities accessible to students with disabilities benefit other students?

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Each group shares one way making STEM activities accessible to students with disabilities benefits other students.

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Preview of Tonight's Activity and Tomorrow's Agenda, Daily Feedback

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner, Networking, and Discussion of Future Collaborations

Thursday

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast, Networking

9:00 - 10:25 a.m
Panel
Projects that increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM share lessons learned in broadening participation in STEM. How can those lessons be applied to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM?

10:25 - 10:40 a.m.
Break

10:40 - 12:00 p.m.
Students with disabilities share transition strategies in video
Taking Charge II: Two Stories of Success and Self-Determination (Video and handout available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=25)

Panel
People with disabilities who are also racial/ethnic minorities or women share their stories. With what communities do they identify? What promotes and what inhibits the pursuit of STEM courses and careers?

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Working Group Discussions
Question: What can STEM projects do to increase the participation of students with disabilities?

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Each group shares two things STEM projects can do to increase the participation of people who have disabilities.

1:50 - 2:30 p.m.
Information Technology Access Barriers and Solutions: Assistive Technology and Universal Design Students demonstrate assistive technology in video
Computer Access: In Our Own Words (Video and handout available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=6)

Accessible Web Design
Terry Thompson, Technology Specialist, AccessSTEM

How to make web pages accessible to people with disabilities is demonstrated in the video
World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design (video and handouts available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=35)

2:30 - 3:05 p.m.
Science Lab Access Barriers and Solutions: Accommodations and Universal Design
Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Southern Maine.

Distribute brochure
Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities (located at https://www.washington.edu/doit/making-science-labs-accessible-students-disabilities)

3:05 - 3:15 p.m.
STEM students with sensory impairments and educators share experiences in video
Equal Access: Science and Students with Sensory Impairments (video and handout available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=10)

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Break

4:00 - 4:55 p.m.
Discussion
Question: How can projects best measure the outcomes and impacts of their interventions to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities, women, and people with disabilities in STEM?

4:55 - 5:00 p.m.
Preview of Tomorrow's Agenda, Daily Feedback

Dinner on Your Own

Friday

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast, Networking, Discussion

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Making Your Project Accessible to Participants with Disabilities: A Checklist Distribute a copy of the brochure
Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Project (located at: https://www.washington.edu/doit/equal-access-universal-design-your-project)
Begin a personal plan for implementation: In your copy of the brochure, cross out items that do not apply and write an implementation date for others.

Discussion
Question: How can the checklist be adapted for use in NSF STEM projects?

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Conclusion
What can we do as a group to promote access to STEM for people with disabilities?

  • Proceedings
  • Publication/checklist
  • Review of Disability Studies, other journals
  • Presentation/poster/publication at NSF's Joint Annual Meeting (JAM), other meetings

Visit the AccessSTEM website, including a Knowledge Base of Q&As, case studies, and promising practices, at https://www.washington.edu/doit/programs/accessstem/overview

11:45 a.m.
Evaluation

Box lunch and further discussion.

Participants asked to fill out the Post-Test for Professional Development (back side of form found on pp. 29-30), which was distributed at the beginning of the CBI, and return to a designated location.

Have a safe trip home!