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Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days
Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; Cynthia Curry, Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials and the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST; and Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST
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In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA has compiled and provided resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost with a special section on accessibility. Digital learning environments are known to present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?
The AEM Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support states, districts, and schools with improving access to materials and technologies for students with disabilities. The AEM Center will provide resources and guidance during this edWebinar, and will be available for free technical assistance as educators navigate eLearning Days now and in the weeks ahead.
This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenters
Christine Fox serves as Deputy Executive Director for SETDA. As the deputy executive director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning, and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities, including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift reports 2015-2019, the Professional Learning and K12 Instructional Materials Dashboards, the Broadband Imperative Report Series, Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, and The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole-school reform model, ESOL Coordinator, and 3rd-grade teacher. Christine has a Master of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University. She lives in South Florida with her husband and two daughters.
Cynthia Curry is Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST. She leads CAST’s work with stakeholders across early learning, K-12, higher ed, workforce development, families, publishers, and EdTech developers to increase the availability and use of accessible materials and related technologies for individuals with disabilities. Cynthia brings diverse career experiences to her role, including being a middle and high school science teacher, statewide technology integration mentor for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, teacher educator at the University of Southern Maine, and disability services coordinator and instructional designer at the University of New England. Cynthia taught online for 12 years prior to joining CAST, including courses on accessible online learning.
Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is Past-President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. Luis has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology forteaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.
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