As a Senior Researcher in Special Education at WestEd, Jose Blackorby leads innovative studies designed to promote better learning conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities, initially prioritizing equitable learning acceleration for children and youth nationwide.
Blackorby leads efforts that aim to yield new and deeper insights for the nation’s educators, students, and families who are seeking solutions to reduce barriers to learning, engagement, and opportunity. With deep understanding of what works for students with disabilities and a foundation of experience that intersects research with policy and practice, Blackorby brings expertise and results from a decades-long career shaping new models that aim to ensure inclusivity and improved outcomes for children and youth all over the world.
His work spans design and implementation of large-scale national studies, development of novel approaches to assessment design, the launching of new technology solutions related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and higher-order thinking skills, and leadership of innovative design and experimental research.
Recently, Blackorby led several complex and cutting-edge studies related to next generation applications of UDL in technology-enhanced instruction and assessment, expanding the availability of meaningful solutions that positively shape learning experiences for students with disabilities.
A current member of the Technical Working Group for the National Education Technology Plan and a contributor to the field through publications, products, and membership on national advisory boards, Blackorby is also a lecturer for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.