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Empowering Families in the Digital Age: Building Inclusive Tech Partnerships

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Presented by Maggie Pickett, MA, CCC-SLP, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, CAST; Dr. Angel Morgan, Assistant Instructional Professional, Arizona State University; and Erika Chapman, Parent Liaison, Program for Exceptional Children, Florence One School District (SC)

Sponsored by Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems

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Be part of an insightful edLeader Panel during which education leaders and parents of students with disabilities delve into the power of dynamic partnerships between educators and families in technology planning and utilization. Discover the transformative potential of the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) and its Family Engagement practices.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, CITES was co-developed with a cohort of diverse school districts across the country and provides tools and resources for district leaders to develop and maintain inclusive technology ecosystems including resources to engage families. For students with disabilities, it is vital to ensure that families are involved, particularly when planning for the implementation of assistive technology (AT) and accessible educational materials (AEM), to foster positive educational outcomes. Check out the free, openly licensed resources that foster collaboration across EdTech and special education empowering school districts to create and sustain inclusive technology systems to serve all students and become an advocate for inclusive technology in your district.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 education technology leaders, assistive technology leaders, and school and district leaders.

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About the Presenters

As one of CAST’s Senior Technical Assistance Specialists for the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES), Maggie Pickett explores systemic integration of assistive technology, information technology, and educational technology systems, in partnership with districts. Maggie is a certified speech-language pathologist. Her passion for education resides in creating engaging and accessible learning opportunities for all learners. For over a decade, Maggie has worked with teachers, students, administrators, paraprofessionals, families, and community partners to build a common understanding of how creating engaging and accessible learning for ALL is possible. Maggie previously served as a Program Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education as the AIM/AEM Coordinator for the state of Iowa. As a district AEM Coordinator, she collaborated across district initiatives to support inclusive teaching and learning structures. Most recently, Maggie served as a digital learning consultant helping districts bridge the gap between instructional and assistive technologies in their teaching and learning practices.

Dr. Angel Morgan

Dr. Angel Morgan is an Assistant Instructional Professional at Arizona State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instructional design, educational technology, and accessible digital learning. Angel holds a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology and led a national study about family engagement in inclusive technology systems in collaboration with the CAST Center on Inclusive Technology in Education Systems (CITES) team in 2022. As the mother of two neurodiverse high school students, she has 15 years of experience as an IEP and 504 plan team member advocating for her teens’ educational and assistive technology needs.

Erika Chapman

Erika Chapman is the Parent Liaison for Florence One School District’s Program for Exceptional Children in Florence, South Carolina. She graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Music Therapy, but when her family adopted 4-year-old Suubi in 2013, Erika’s career took an unexpected turn. Suubi was born blind with cerebral palsy. Erika quickly became passionate about helping other parents navigate the many agencies and providers needed to access the resources children like Suubi need. She loves connecting parents with resources and walking beside them in their parenting journey.

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Center on Inclusive Technology & Education SystemsThe goal of the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) is to empower school districts to create and sustain inclusive technology systems that serve all students, including students with disabilities who require assistive technology or accessible educational materials. CITES is developing and disseminating a framework of evidence-based practices, aligned to the National Educational Technology Plan (2017) to enhance the successful use of technology by all students. We provide technical assistance to districts, educators, and families to ensure that students with disabilities are able to use the technology tools they need to foster learning and life success.


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