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Wednesday, March 29 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Understanding the Working Memory Process, How It Applies to Classroom Instruction, and What It Means for Classroom Instruction

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Improving student learning should be the goal of academic instruction, and research has demonstrated that memory plays a pivotal role in the learning process. This presentation will describe the three major components of the Baddeley’s (1986) Working Memory Model: (a) Phonological Loop, (b) Episodic Buffer, and (c) Visuo-Spatial Sketch Pad. Research-based strategies designed to improve the working memory capacities of students will be presented. Upon completion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (a) explain the major components of Baddeley’s Working Memory Mode, and (b) identify ways to imbed research-based Working Memory strategies in the UDL component of instruction, “Multiple Means of Representation.” Additionally, research findings on the negative relationship between stress, working memory, and student engagement will be presented.

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Alisa Lowrey

Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Alisa Lowrey is a special educator with more than 29 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, focusing specifically on individuals with severe intellectual disabilities and autism. Her research includes teacher education, professional development and evaluation; inclusive educational practices including postsecondary practices for students with developmental disabilities and the application of Universal... Read More →

Gregory W. Smith

Gregory Smith, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. Smith earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education from Clemson University. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Smith was a special education teacher in the public school system of New Jersey. Dr. Smith’s research interests include high-incidence disabilities... Read More →

Wednesday March 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cypress 2, 3, 4