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mar
2
2009

[POSTPONED - new date TBD] The future is in the margins: modern technology, education, and public policy.

David Rose

TODAY'S DISCUSSION WITH DAVID ROSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. We're sorry for any inconvenience. As soon as the event has been rescheduled, the new date-time will be posted here and announced in the Berkman weekly events newsletter (sign up for Berkman mailing lists here).

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Since the origin of American schools, the foundation of education has been printed books and materials.  However, recent federal legislation - the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) - recognizes for the first time that printed books actually impose barriers to equal education for many students and inequities for many others. The new legislation requires that schools must now provide digital alternatives to printed books, particularly for students with "print disabilities."  This new term - print disabilities - foreshadows a more fundamental shift in American education, one that recognizes that our curricula, rather than our students, may be disabled, and unjust.  Dr. Rose's presentation will examine the kinds of political and pedagogical remedies that lie ahead in the era of print's disabilities.  Those remedies will benefit ALL students and their teachers.

About David

David Rose capitalizes on his background in classroom teaching, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in education and learning.

In 1984, David Rose helped to found CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology) with a vision of expanding educational opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, through the innovative use of new technologies. This work led to the development of the theory and practical framework of Universal Design for Learning.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Rose has served on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he teaches a course in Universal Design for Learning and a year-long course called Cognitive Development, Education, and the Brain with Howard Gardner and Kurt Fischer.

As a researcher, Dr. Rose is the Principal Investigator on a number of U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants, and is currently the principal investigator of two national centers created to develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). With the increasing prominence of UDL as a field within education, Dr. Rose has become a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Continued...

Last updated March 27, 2009