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Science Teaching through Universal Design and Inquiry (STUDI)

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August 5–9, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. daily
Registration is Closed


Science Teaching through Universal Design and Inquiry is a week-long summer professional development workshop for teams of regular and special education teachers. The program provides inquiry-based instructional strategies for creating differentiated science units that give all individuals — students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities — equal opportunities to learn in the same classroom. The program also focuses on science content and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

STUDI participants receive:

  • Two FREE graduate credits.

  • An opportunity to receive $500 for books, supplies and classroom materials needed complete an inquiry based, hands-on science unit.

A collaborative project among three College of Education and Human Services departments, Special Education, Educational Foundations, and Curriculum and Instruction, the STUDI workshop is funded by a Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality (WITQ) grant, which supports programs intended to increase the academic achievement of students in core subjects by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Learn more about the grant.

The program features:

Teacher teams
Teacher teams of regular and special education teachers are asked to apply together. Teams receive priority (be enrolled first, receive funding to develop their differentiated science inquiry unit) over participants who cannot take part in this project as a team.

Co-Planning time
Teacher teams will have time each day of the summer workshop to collaboratively develop a differentiated science inquiry unit that meets the needs of all students.

Follow-up sessions
Follow-up projects include teacher teams developing differentiated science inquiry units that are inclusive of all students based on information presented in the summer workshop, implementing these units in their classrooms during the fall semester, and developing an assessment strategy for these modules. Follow-up project sessions will be held October 12, 2013 from 9 a.m.–noon and March 22, 2014 from 3–6 p.m.

Example units from the 2012 workshop:

For more information, contact:

Dr. John Lemberger, Science Educator, Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Stacey Skoning,  Special Education Educator, Special Education   

Dr. Peter Meyerson, Cognitive Development Expert, Educational Foundations

Dr. Dana Merriman, Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience

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