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Lynch School of Education

Richard M. Jackson

associate professor


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Campion Hall
Room 209
617.552.8429

EDUCATION

Ed. D. Columbia University
Ed. M. Harvard University
B.A. American International College

EXPERTISE/INTERESTS

Universal design for learning (UDL) as a framework for curriculum reform; access to the general curriculum by students with disabilities; integration of special education with general education; assistive technology

HONORS/PUBLICATIONS

Jackson, R. M. (2007). The Need for Progress Monitoring to Support the Participation of Students with Visual Disabilities in Standards-Based Reform.Washington, D.C.: National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, American Institutes of Research.

Hall, T., Jackson, R., Hitchcock, C. Gordon, D., & Rose, D. (2006). Issue Brief: Modifying Curriculum for Students with Disabilities and the Alternative Promise of Universal Design for Learning. Wakefield, MA: Center for Applied Speical Technology, Inc.

Jackson, R. M. (2005). Curriculum Access for Students wtih Low Incidence Disabilities: The Promise of Universal Design for Learning. Wakefield, MA: Center for Applied Speical Technology.

Hitchcock, C.G., Meyer, A., Rose, D., & Jackson, R. (2005). Equal access, participation, and progress in the general education Curriculum. In D. Rose, A. Meyer and C. Hitchcock, (Eds). The universally designed classroom: Accessible curriculum and digital technologies (pp. 37-68). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Jackson, R. & Harper, K. (2005). Teacher planning for accessibility: The universal design of learning environments. In D. Rose, A. meyer and C. Hitchcock, (Eds). The universally designed classroom: Accessible curriculum and digital technologies (pp. 101-124). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Jackson, R., Harper, K., & Jackson, J. (2005). Teaching for accessibility: Effective practices, classroom barriers. In D. Rose, A. Meyer and C. Hitchcock, (Eds). The universally designed classroom: Accessible curriculum and digital technologies (pp. 125-148). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Jackson, R.M.. (2004). Technologies Supporting Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Disabilities. Wakefield, MA: Center for Applied Special Technology.

Hitchcock, C.G., Meyer, A., Rose, D. & Jackson, R. (2002a). Providing new access to the general curriculum: Universal design for learning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 35(2), 8-17.

Hitchcock, C.G., Meyer, A., Rose, D. & Jackson, R. (2002b). Technical brief: Access, participation, and progress in the general curriculum: A universal design for learning. Retrieved April 12, 2002, from the NCAC.

Jackson, R., Harper, K., & Jackson, J. (2002). Effective teaching practices and the barriers limiting their use in accessing the curriculum: A review of recent literature. Wakefield, MA: Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc.

Jackson, R., & Harper, K., (2002). Teacher planning and the universal design for learning environments. Wakefield, MA: Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc.

Jackson, R., Koziol, K., & Rudowitz, L. (2001). A glimpse at current teaching practices with preliminary survey results. Peabody, MA: Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc.

Cochran-Smith, M., Albert, L., Freedman, S., DiMattia, P., Jackson, R., Mooney, J., Neisler, O.J., Peck, A., & Zollers, N. (1999). Seeking social justice: A teacher education faculty’s self-study. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2(3), 229-253.

Cochran-Smith, M., Albert, L., Freedman, S., DiMattia, P., Jackson, R., Mooney, J., Neisler, O.J., Peck, A., & Zollers, N. (1999). Seeking social justice: A teacher education faculty’s self-study. Journal of Leadership in Education, 2(3), 229-253.

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

 

Jackson, R. M. Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn: A UDL Perspective. Keynote Address to the New York City teachers of students with vision impairments, sponsored by Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic of Princeton, New Jersey and held at the New York Lighthouse for the Blind. New York, NY, November 6, 2007. 

Hall, T., Jackson, R., Ganley, P., & Vue, G. Monitoring Student Progress Toward Standards in Reading. 16th Annual Conference on Learning Disabilities, sponsored by Learning Disabilities Worldwide and held at the Best Western Hotel and Trade Center, Marlboro, MA, November 2, 2007.

Jackson, R. M. Reaching Every Student:  The Promise of Universal Design for Learning. Keynote Presentation at the Summer Inclusion Conference, 2007, Making Every Day Count:  Meeting the Needs of All Students in Inclusive Schools and Classrooms. Sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, Skillman, NJ, June 27, 2007. 

Jackson, R. M. Making Change Happen—Best Practices and UDL.  Workshop Presentation at the Summer Inclusion Conference, 2007, Making Every Day Count:  Meeting the Needs of All Students in Inclusive Schools and Classrooms. Sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, Skillman, NJ, June 27, 2007. 

Jackson, R. M. Digital Media and Technology Tools: The Promise of Universal Design for Learning. Presentation at the 21st annual conference of the New York State Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Albany, NY, November 7, 2006.  

Jackson, R. M. Resourcing the Curriculum with Accessible Digital Media. Invited presentation for Indiana teachers of students with vision impairments, sponsored by Project Vision, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, Indiana State University,   held in Indianapolis, August 2, 2006.

Jackson, R. M. Six invited presentations at the Combined Summer Institute in Special Education for the State of Washington: 1. Resourcing the Curriculum with eBooks; 2. What Do TVIs Need to Know about NIMAS?  3. Selecting Readers, Players, and Assistive Technologies; 4. Aligning the Curriculum with Technology Tools; 5. Continuous Assessment in the LMA; 6. Progress Monitoring Techniques for TVIs, held in Yakima, WA, July 18-19, 2006

Jackson, R. M. Technology Tools and Digital Media: The Promise of Universal Design for Learning. Invited presentation at the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College, Providence, February 10, 2005.

Jackson, R. M. Technology Tools and Digital Media: Solutions for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Invited presentation at the state-wide conference on Accessing Instructional Materials, sponsored by the PATINS Project (Promoting Achievement through Technology and Instruction for all Students), held in Indianapolis, November 16-17, 2005.

Jackson, R. M. Applications of Universal Design for Learning in the Teaching for Understanding Framework. Invited lecture series at the Boston Teacher Residency Program, sponsored by the Boston Public Schools, August, 2005.

Jackson, R. M. Six invited presentations at the Combined Summer Institute in Special Education for the State of Washington: 1. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Promise and Prospects; 2. NIMAS and Beyond - Toward a Flexible and Accessible Curriculum; 3. Technology Tools for Students with Visual Impairments - From Assistive Technologies to Universal Design; 4. The IEP and Collaborative Curriculum Planning; 5. Learning Media Assessment (LMA) - Assessing Sensory Channels and Determining Initial Learning Medium; 6. Learning Media Assessment (LMA) - Continuous Assessment and Determining the Need for Literacy Tools, held in Yakima, WA, July 11-15, 2005

Jackson, R. M. Teaching Diverse Learners with Technology Tools and Digital Media. Invited Lecture sponsored by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, April 15, 2005.

Jackson, R. M. CAST’s Universal Design for Learning. Invited presentation at the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Training Institute, sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind and held in Boston. March 13, 2005.  

Jackson, R. M. Universal Design for Learning: A New Focus on Curriculum. Presentation at the Carroll Center Summer Institute on Assistive Technology, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, MA, July 23, 2004.

Hatton, D., Jackson, R.M., & Stutts, A. The technology is awesome but is the content accessible?   Presented at the International Biennial Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI).  Orlando, FL,  July, 15, 2004. 

Jackson, R. M. New era roles and responsibilities for Teachers of Students with Vision Impairments. Keynote address at the Association of Massachusetts Educators of Students with Visual Impairments (AMESVI) annual meeting. May 3, 2004

Jackson, R. M. Children with disabilities: Past, present and future. Invited Lecture sponsored by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. December 11, 2003

Jackson, R. M. The promise of universal design for learning. Keynote address at the National Center on Low Incidence Disabilities’ annual research conference, sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado and held in Denver. October 4, 2003

 Hatton, D. & Jackson, R.M. The technology is awesome, but is it accessible? Presentation at the OSEP Project Directors Conference on Personnel Preparation, Washington, D.C., March, 2003.

Jackson, R. M. Practices promoting access to the general curriculum for students with low incidence disabilities. Presentation before review panel for NCAC’s successful 3+2 Evaluation. American Institute for Research (AIR), Washington, D.C., April 30, 2002.

Jackson, R.M. & Koziol, K. Universally designed tools for enhancing literacy for all learners. Invited presentation at the Massachusetts Coalition on Teacher Quality and Student Achievement summer institute, Sturbridge, MA, June, 2001.

 

RECENT GRANTS

 

From the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs: Sponsored research on Technology and Standards Based Reform (CFDA 84.327B) awarded to the Center for Applied Special Technology from January 1, 2006-December 31, 2008. Project title: Monitoring Student Progress Towards Standards in Reading: A Universally Designed Curriculum Based Measurement System (H327B050009). Principal Investigator is Tracey Hall and Senior Research Scientist is R. M. Jackson. $990,000 approx.

From the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs: Sponsored research from December 1, 1999-November 30, 2004 on teacher practices through the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum established by a Cooperative Agreement between OSEP and the Center for Applied Special Technology. Principal Investigator is David Rose and the Boston College Partner Director is R.M. Jackson. $400,000 approx.

Jackson, R.M. (Project Director).  Preservice Preparation of Teachers to Serve Learners who are Deaf-Blind (H 325A990003).  Grant sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, Division of Personnel Preparation, U.S. Department of Education.  From July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2002 ($880,626).

Jackson, R.M. (Project Director).  Preservice Preparation of Educators of Individuals with Visual Impairments (H 029-A70015).  Grant sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, Division of Personnel Preparation, U.S. Department of Education.  From October 1, l997 to September 30, 2000 ($878,778).

Jackson, R.M. (Project Director).  The Revitalization and Clinical Expansion of Boston College's Program for Preparing Educators of the Multihandicapped and Deaf-Blind.  Sub-Grant sponsored by the Hilton/Perkins Program, Perkins School for the Blind, through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  From September 1, l990 to September 14, 2001 ($456,500).

 

RECENT APPOINTMENTS

 

Invited participant at the National Summit on Universal Design for Learning, a gathering in Washington, DC of leaders to discuss the emergence of universal design for learning (UDL) as a positive influence on national, state, and district policy, teacher preparation and professional development, education publishing, research and development, philanthropy and, perhaps most importantly, the work of classroom teachers at the forefront of education reform. November 8, 2007.

Member of the National Review Board for the National Center on Supported eText (NCSeT), established through a cooperative agreement between the US Office of Special Education Programs, the University of Oregon, and the Educational Development Center to investigate the impact of "supported electronic text" (or supported etext) on students' reading comprehension of content area material, 2007-2012.

Member of the advisory committee for the National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center in Response to Intervention, in cooperative agreement between the US Office of Special Education Programs and the American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC, 2007-2012.

Member of the technical advisory committee Technology Assisted Reading Assessment (TARA): A Joint Project carried out by the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ) and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (University of Minnesota), 2006-2011.

Member of the advisory committee for the National Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd), in cooperative agreement between the US Office of Special Education Programs and the American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC, 2004-2009.

Co-Chair (with Dennis Shirley) of the Clinical Practice Team for Boston College’s Teachers for a New Era initiative, 2004-2005.

Member of the advisory committee for the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, in cooperative agreement between the US Office of Special Education Programs and the American Institute for Research, Washington, DC, 2003-2008.

Member of the advisory board for CAST’s OSEP-funded project entitled: Literacy by Design: Creating a Universally Design Reading Environment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities. 2003-present.

Member of the writing team for Boston College’s implementation of Teachers for a New Era. April 2003