2022 Gene A. Budig lecture will explore ‘Inclusion Through Innovation’

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Education & Human Sciences welcomes Sean Smith, professor in the Department of Special Education, as the 2022 Budig Teaching Professorship in Special Education award recipient and featured lecturer. 

Smith will present "Inclusion Through Innovation: Teacher Preparation for Classrooms of Today and Tomorrow” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in 150 Joseph R. Pearson Hall. Attendees have the option to attend in person or virtually via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register online. For Zoom log in details, please contact soehs@ku.edu

In his interactive presentation, Smith will consider ways that innovations have and continue to alter what teacher education can and should be doing to further support the development of professionals that can meet the needs of a variety of learners and, in so doing, further foster inclusion for all students in today’s inclusionary classrooms. “Together, we will explore the impact innovations are and continue to have on teacher preparation for classrooms of today and tomorrow,” said Smith.

Smith’s research has focused on technology solutions that support struggling learners and those with disabilities, particularly interventions that improve student experiences in the online learning environment and those aligned with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework. He received his doctorate in special education from the University of Virginia.Learn more about Smith online.

The Gene A. Budig Professorships and lecture series were established in 1994 by Gene A. Budig, KU’s 14th chancellor, and his wife. Learn more about the lecture series online. The KU School of Education & Human Sciences is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators and human science professionals as leaders.