Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute

Universal Design for Learning
Workshop with Dr. Eric Moore

Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chapman Conference Center, Jacobs Hall, Presbyterian College

The Education Department invites preservice and inservice educators to attend the Fifth Annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Presbyterian College. Dr. Eric Moore, a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility specialist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host a workshop about Universal Design for Learning. After learning about the concept of UDL, participants will analyze learning outcomes for a lesson, evaluate assessments, and consider UDL teaching and learning strategies. Participants should bring an upcoming lesson plan to use for planning how to incorporate UDL principles.


Registration is free and includes and continental breakfast and outdoor lunch. Seating is limited to the first 60 participants.

About the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education

This event is made possible by the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education. The endowment was established in 1984 by Francis E. Cothran and his wife Jean Syminton Cothran in recognition of Dr. Charles Chadwell’s service as superintendent of the Whitten Center in Clinton. Billy Cothran, Mr. and Mrs. Cothran’s only son, was a resident of the Whitten Center. The endowment is designed to be used for scholarship awards for students who plan to continue their education in the field of special education, and is also in place to “provide seminars, lectures, or workshops led by recognized authorities in fields related to Special Education, which will promote a better understanding of the circumstances” faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.

Past Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute Events

Dr. Katherine McKnight

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms all over the country and in Europe. Administrators and teachers welcome her expertise, witty good humor, and hands-on approach to education.

Katie received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. A passionate student advocate, Katie stays true to her roots in the Chicago Public Schools where she began her career. She is recognized for her in-depth knowledge of changing educational standards and is known for her ability to connect with fellow educators. “Good teaching is good teaching, no matter what standards we’re aiming for!”

She has authored many books that support teaching strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12). Dr. McKnight edited and contributed to the 2016 book Addressing the Needs of All Learners in the Era of Changing Standards: Helping Our Most Vulnerable Students Succeed through Teaching Flexibility, Innovation, and Creativity. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.