Maya Israel, PhD is the research director at the Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the Department of Special Education. Her research focus includes strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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 and other struggling learners in successfully accessing computing instruction. She is also co-PI on an NSF STEM+C grant to create learning trajectories that align computational thinking with math instruction. Dr. Israel and her team have published in top-ranking journals, such as Computer Science Education, Exceptional Children, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Computers & Education.