Elizabeth Berquist

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Berquist

Contact Information

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Psychology Building, Room 313

Education

Ed.D., Instructional Technology, Towson University

Admin I, Administration, Goucher College

M.Ed., Special Education, Towson University

B.A., American Studies and Education, Washington College

Areas of Expertise

Universal Design for Learning, Co-teaching, inclusive practice, Project-Based Learning, conceptual change, faculty professional development, enhancing university-school partnerships in professional development schools, building professional learning communities

Biography

Dr. Liz Berquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Dr. Berquist works with pre-service and in-service educators and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Working with Families of Children with Disabilities, Informal Tests and Measures, Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities, and Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction. Dr. Berquist also supervises interns placed in Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Schools. Her research interests include Universal Design for Learning, conceptual change, faculty professional development, and enhancing university-school partnerships in professional development schools.

Prior to joining the faculty at TU, Dr. Berquist was employed by the Baltimore County Public School system as a middle school and high school social studies educator, special educator and central office curriculum and instruction staff member. Liz has served as a consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education, working on state level standard and modified assessments as well as bridge plans. She has also provided professional development workshops on UDL, the Common Core State Standards, and Technology Integration to numerous counties in Maryland.

Dr. Berquist is a member of the CAST UDL faculty cadre. In this role, she has traveled across the United States working with school districts and institutes of higher education in California, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Maine, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Most recently, she served as a UDL Facilitator for the Gates Foundation UDL implementation project. Dr. Berquist is a frequent presenter at national conferences and is also an invited facilitator for the Harvard Graduate School of Education UDL Institute. She is featured in the UDL Series Implementation video, produced by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning. Most recently, Dr. Berquist founded “All In, ” a group dedicated to empowering educators, family members and community leaders with the skills and dispositions necessary to support and celebrate learner variability.

Dr. Berquist holds certifications in social studies, special education and administration. She received a BA in American Studies and History from Washington College, a Master's Degree in Special Education from Towson University, a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Goucher College and a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology from Towson University.

Selected Publications

Berquist, E., & Sadera, W. (2015). An examination of teachers' and administrators' conceptions about UDL: Considerations for applying conceptual change based professional development. In Gardener, E. (Ed.), Implementing Universal Design for Learning: Selected Papers from the 2014 UDL -IRN Summit. Lawrence, KS: The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network.

Berquist, E., & Sadera, W. (2013). Conceptions about Universal Design for Learning and Technology: A phenomenological study of school leaders. Proceeding of the 25th International Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE 2013), New Orleans, LA, USA.

Berquist, E. & Sadera, W. (2012). Universal design for learning and technology integration: What do school leaders need to know? In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Research

Berquist, E. (2014). Research Conducted with Faculty Members participating in a UDL professional learning community. Towson University College of Education Faculty Research Conference, Towson, MD. Roundtable.

Berquist, E. and Moore, J. (2014). Using UDL Exchange to teach the UDL framework to pre-service teachers. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), Jacksonville, FL.

Conferences

Berquist, L. and Cassell, L. (2016). Interactive Video Authoring: Student and Instructor Experiences. Brief paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) Conference, Savannah, GA.

Berquist, L. and Dalton, E. (2016). UDL in Higher Education: Getting Started. Roundtable presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) Conference, Savannah, GA. Dalton, E. and Berquist, L. (2016). Best Practices for Diverse Learners Universal Design for Learning Online and Off. Brief paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) Conference, Savannah, GA.

Berquist, E. and Carey, L. (2016). UDL Coaching. Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network Conference. Baltimore, Maryland.

Berquist, E., Omelan, K, Green, A, and Sanchez, R. (2016). Universal Design for Learning: Transforming High School Learning Environments. Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network Conference. Baltimore, Maryland.

Berquist, E., Barnes, W., Brown, G., Burke, W., and Schindler, C. (2016). UDL Leadership Fellows: Moving Forward at the District Level. Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network Conference. Baltimore, Maryland.

Grants

Multimedia Professional Learning Experience: Working with Families of Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Disabilities
SFY 2016 IDEA Discretionary Grant
Funded by the Maryland State Department of Education

 

Towson Foundation Award, 2014-present
Universal Design for Learning Professional Development

The goal of this project is to support educators as they move from UDL exploration and preparation to UDL implementation. Through facilitated professional learning communities, including face to face, online, and just in time classroom support, teachers gain skills in the application of UDL.

Role: Project Coordinator

Service

  • Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN)
  • Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE)- Chair, UDL Special Interest group
  • SWIFT Schools State Implementation Team Member