All Means All, 
Connecting Students with Disabilities to STEM
Presenter: Kathleen Bledsoe
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Session Description: 
STEM lessons are valuable for everyone, including a wide range of learners. This presentation will offer practical and inexpensive ways to include students with disabilities in STEM. Participants will have an opportunity to try presented ideas as they engage in a STEM lesson.  Additionally, a list of helpful resources will be given to participants. 
Presenter Bio:
Kathleen Bledsoe NBCT, BA Mercer University, MST Wright State University; Teacher Huber Heights City Schools; STEM Day in the Park Director; Presenter at National Network for Educational Renewal conference in Cincinnati, OH; Article about STEM Day in the Park published in Science and Children NSTA journal February 2012; Contributed to article for USA Today about assisting parents to promote school success for their children; NSF RET Grant Participant

I’ve been teaching a wide range of learners at Wayne High School since 1996. I was part of the first cohort for the Dayton Regional STEM Center and later served as a STEM Ambassador.  I used knowledge gained through the Dayton Regional STEM Center to select snapshots of STEM lessons for STEM Day in the Park, lessons that work for all kinds of learners. STEM Day in the Park has become an annual event that connects students, parents, teachers, and community members in a STEM experience.  STEM Day is only possible because of volunteers, especially my husband, that dedicate their time, talents, and energy to serving our families.