Innovation for Inclusion

STEM Opportunities for Young Children with Disabilities

Our Partnership

Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama from DU's Marsico Institute for Early Learning worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center to increase inclusion, opportunities and engagement with STEM topics among young children with disabilities.

We believe the research and ingenuity achieved through collaborations like this are needed to influence policy and improve lives for children with disabilites and their families.

About Our Research

We leverage cross-institutional collaboration to address some of today’s most pressing challenges, producing interdisciplinary solutions that influence policymakers to effectively serve the public good. From Stanford to UChicago to NYU, we’ve refined our collaborative process through years of mutually beneficial relationships with institutions nationwide to understand and address challenges like climate change, HIV and youth homelessness.

DU’s current research efforts have been featured in news outlets like The New York Times. They include…

  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
  • employing lasers as the medium for quantum science.
  • using theatre to heal and rehabilitate inmates.

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Douglas Clements

Doug Clements

Douglas Clements is a Distinguished University Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and co-Executive Director of the Marsico Institute of Early Learning at the DU's Morgridge College of Education. Clements has served on and coauthored reports for President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards committee.

A former preschool and kindergarten teacher, he's published over 500 articles and books on the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. His current research focuses on creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula and taking successful curricula to scale using technologies and learning trajectories.