Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction

Unique learners have unique learning needs. Professionals often must engage in extensive and time-consuming modification to provide appropriate materials. This project explores how assessment, curriculum, and instructional practices can be designed to be maximally effective, accessible, and useful.

Scholarships and Activities

Universal design for learning for computer science (UDL4CS) research practice partnership (Brandt, Member, 2021-present)


Deep Dive Workshop: ASL Assessment and Instruction (CCCBSD Professional Development, Spring 2020)

Hands On Learning Workshops on Technology (Clicker-7, Boardmaker, digital apps, switch use) and ASL (CCCBSD Professional Development, 2019-2020)

Understanding the teacher of the deaf workforce in Massachusetts (Kym Meyer, February 2020)

Interactive reading with deaf children. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Evelien Dirks, Dutch Foundation for the DHH Child, Leiden University, November 2019)


Deep Dive Workshop: Integrated Therapies (CCCBSD Professional Development, Fall 2019)

Vocabulary 4 Success. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Shirin Antia, University of Arizona, June 2019)


Counting in ASL supports number concept development: Insights from deaf and hearing children acquiring signed and spoken language (The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Marie Coppola, University of Connecticut, March 2019)


The Benefits of STEAM-based learning for students with special needs. Massachusetts Computer Using Educators Fall Conference (Brandt, Benjamin, McDonald, & Coughlin, October 2018)