UDL and Teaching STEM: Ideas for Group Work

Sam Johnston is Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and an expert on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL frameworks and pedagogy can help instructors incorporate teaching strategies that best serve autistic and other neurodivergent students. In this series of interviews, Johnston talks with STS about what UDL is, how to implement it, why it’s a good pedagogical fit for teachers of autistic students, and where to learn more about UDL. This segment focuses on simple tips for group work.

Assistive tech can often complement UDL frameworks—learn more about some common tools here. Questions about UDL and group work? Let us know in the comments.

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Andrea Kolodziej

Andrea Kolodziej is an Associate Producer at Pellet Media and a core member of the Stairway to STEM team. She tackles all angles of the production field whether it’s video editing, script writing, social media, camera work or web design. Andrea started her production career working as an intern at NBC daytime television. Before her production career began, Andrea worked as an ABA therapist and a 1-1 paraprofessional for autistic students. Andrea is passionate about helping others and inspiring through creativity. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler and photographer.

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