SEDL Monthly
Products, Not Prototypes

Man working on woodwork Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden and the team at the Trace Research & Development Center were recently recognized by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer, of which SEDL is a partner. The Trace Center has been a leader in enhancing accessibility for people with all types of disabilities. Their techniques have influenced the development of more accessible ATMs, phones, and electronic voting systems, as well as setting accessibility standards for the World Wide Web. Dr. Vanderheiden and his team have also implemented a needs-driven approach to their work that has resulted in the successful commercialization of project outputs time and time again. Through close collaboration with manufacturers, they have been able to identify technologies that were needed by people with disabilities and create commercially viable solutions that improve quality of life. FOCUS No. 37 describes the Trace Center activities.

Barriers and Supports for Research Use


Online Workshop: Barriers and Supports for Research Use

First held in 2012, this workshop explored strategies for overcoming obstacles as well as ways to promote the use of high-quality research information to support employment of people with disabilities. Presenters addressed how research findings are used in planning and decision making and what new research is needed. The audio files and transcripts are now available as an online workshop.

College- and Career-Readiness Standards

Beyond Adoption: Implementing Rigorous College- and Career-Readiness Standards

As part of a strategy to better prepare students for success after high school, many states have implemented college- and career-readiness standards, with some also requiring that students complete graduation requirements that will make them college and career ready. A briefing paper from the Southeast Comprehensive Center provides details on the meaning of college- and career-readiness standards, effective implementation of these standards, next steps in the implementation process, and progress being made by state departments of education in the Southeast toward this crucial goal.

CBAM Webinar


For years, educators have used the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) to ensure that an improvement effort would be successful and sustainable and not just another passing phase. Our Center for High-Performing Schools is offering a complimentary introductory webinar for education leaders who would like to know more about the CBAM tools and their use in managing the implementation and impact of reform initiatives. This 1-hour webinar will take place on May 22 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Registration closes on May 21.

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