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Prioritizing Equitable Access to Learning Through Technology – Part 1

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Prioritizing Equitable Access to Learning Through Technology - Part 1

Presented by Andratesha Fritzgerald, UDL Consultant, Building Blocks of Brilliance, and Author of Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success; Rachel Kruzel, Territory Director, Texthelp; and Joni Degner, Territory Director, Texthelp

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In order to empower learners, we must begin by creating equitable and inclusive learning environments. Many school districts and educators are prioritizing the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion by examining and setting goals around literacy, learning loss, educational preparedness, and disproportionality in suspensions and referrals, as well as gifted and AP programs. The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion must make its way through multiple levels in order to address these issues in a systematic way—district level, building level, and classroom level.

Watch Tesha Fritzgerald, UDL Consultant and Author of Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success, along with Texthelpers Rachel Kruzel and Joni Degner, for part one of this two-part edWebinar series. This inspiring and practical conversation will help you move the needle on your diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and empower learners through the integration of technological equity or techquity.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of all grade levels.

Techquity, Universal Design, and Decision Making – Part 2


Andratesha FritzgeraldAbout the Presenters

Andratesha Fritzgerald is committed to excellence in education. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator and director. As an international speaker, presenter and facilitator, Andratesha exhibits an audacious perseverance that calls organizations to evolve into inclusive, antiracist safe zones for all learners. With a passion for Universal Design for Learning, culturally responsive teaching and antiracism, she has led the charge to craft implementation plans, design lab templates, professional development symposia and professional practice cadres. She models expert learning while equipping others to do the same.


Rachel KruzelRachel Kruzel, ATP is the territory sales director for Texthelp supporting Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. She is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional. Rachel spent 10 years working as an assistive technology specialist in the disability resource offices at colleges and universities in Minnesota. During her time in higher ed, she built and developed assistive technology programs, implemented edtech across campus, and helped to lead the campus’s digital accessibility initiatives. Rachel is a national expert in the areas of assistive technology, digital accessibility, and implementation of technology to support student learning in higher ed, presenting both regionally and nationally on these topics and others.


Joni DegnerWorking shoulder to shoulder with learners and educators, Joni Degner is a recognized international expert on the implementation of UDL for schools, districts and institutions of opportunity. A member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and now full-time Texthelper, Joni is passionate about Universal Design for Learning for instructional designers, teachers and leadership. Having previously worked as UDL Facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Joni brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the edWebinar.


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TexthelpTexthelp believes that everyone shares a fundamental need to be understood by others, and language is our passport to academic, social and professional success. This is what drives Texthelp to create smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults to read, write and communicate with confidence and independence.



Monday, June 14, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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