Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Florida. She is also the research director at the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL). Her research focus includes strategies for supporting K-12 students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in STEM with emphases on computational thinking and computer science. Dr. Israel is currently PI on an NSF STEM+C grant that examines instructional strategies that support students with disabilities in successfully accessing computing instruction. She is also PI on an NSF STEM+C grant to create learning trajectories that align computational thinking with elementary math instruction.