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Nicole S. Ofiesh

Stanford University
Director, Schwab Learning Center; Founder and Director, UDL Innovation Studio
Nicole Ofiesh, PhD, is a cognitive behavioral scientist with expertise in learning disorders and attention. She intersects this knowledge with an understanding of context and culture to research and teach how people learn. She believes that understanding how people learn is critical to the reduction of stigma associated with learning disorders and broad discrimination on high-stakes tests, and that it will be key to preparing all learners for the needs of the 21st century. Her early research on the science of test accommodations, speed, and reading fluency brought her to her current research in universally designed assessment.

She is director of the Schwab Learning Center and founder and director of the UDL Innovation Studio, a hub where researchers, faculty, students, and technology developers can work together to develop ideas to educate all students as they prepare for their lifespan. She has held faculty and research positions at Stanford University, Penn State University, Providence College, University of Arizona, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she was program director of special education and department chair of teacher education. She is the author of Teaching for the Lifespan (Corwin, 2016).