How to revolutionize your special education reading instruction: Methodology + innovation

Today’s educators face the intricate task of meeting diverse learning needs, making effective reading instruction a complex endeavor.

A fusion of proven methodologies with cutting-edge strategies can help create a transformative framework that can especially benefit students of all abilities.

Hear from University of Kansas School of Education and Human Science faculty members Dr. Irma Brasseur-Hock, Dr. James D. Basham, and Dr. Sean J. Smith—luminaries in literacy education—as they share how this fusion of methodologies in the classroom is the key to unlocking mastery in diverse reading instruction.

Access the exclusive video insights

Watch the “Science of Teaching Reading” presentation video to hear about:

  • Explicit Instruction's key elements and supporting practices
  • The transformative impact of UDL
  • Technology and tools to enhance the reading experiences for diverse learners
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Meet your academic pioneers in literacy education

Dr. Irma Brasseur-Hock

Dr. Irma Brasseur-Hock

As program director for the University of Kansas Department of Special Education Online Programs, Dr. Irma Brasseur-Hock is a Ph.D. holder in special education. Renowned for co-developing the Fusion Reading curriculum, she brings 14 years of expertise as a teaching professor to the field.

James Basham

Dr. James Basham

Dr. James Basham, a visionary professor at the KU Department of Special Education, is the founder of the UDL Implementation and Research Network. With a focus on UDL, STEM, and innovation, he has secured over $27 million in funding, authored prolifically, and led projects like the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL).

Sean Smith

Dr. Sean Smith

Dr. Sean Smith, a KU professor, is a leading figure in special education technology. As the Past-President of the technology division for the Council for Exceptional Children, Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET), a board member for the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), and a prolific author, he explores innovations and technology solutions.

Championing inclusion: KU’s online special education master’s programs

The online master’s in special education programs* at KU’s School of Education and Human Sciences empower students to delve into the intricacies of literacy education for diverse classrooms. Led by esteemed KU faculty including literacy education experts, KU’s nationally leading programs equip individuals to make a difference in education for all students.

*The department offers an online Master of Science in Education degree in curriculum and instruction with three individual emphasis area options: general curriculum and instruction; reading education; or teaching English to speakers of other languages.