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A District-Wide Approach to Using Assistive Technology to Support Struggling Readers
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Jennifer Carr, Assistive Technology Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA; and Jenn Regardie, Assistive Technology Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Sponsored by Learning Ally
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Fairfax County Public Schools is being proactive about providing access to assistive technology for students who struggle to read. With a dedicated team of assistive technology teachers at the district level, struggling readers are now finding new levels of confidence and academic success. In this edWebinar, watch two of FCPS’ assistive technology team leaders in a panel presentation. Viewers will:
- Learn how the district embraces technology to support reading
- Discover more about innovative assistive technology tools being used
- Hear the encouraging outcomes they’ve seen in the lives of their students
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.
About the Presenters
Jenn Regardie has worked in special education in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for 18 years. She started her teaching career in elementary school but has spent the majority of her time in FCPS as an assistive technology resource teacher with a focus on supporting use of assistive technology in middle and high schools. She helps teachers, staff, and students with the implementation of audiobooks through Learning Ally and other tools to support reading. She is also the parent of a young reader who discovered a love of reading through the use of audiobooks. Jenn has an M.Ed. in special education from Lehigh University and a B.S. from Ithaca College.
Jennifer Carr has a passion for assistive technology (AT). She regularly works with schools and students in grades preschool to twelfth grade to find the right AT tools for those who require it. Jennifer supports students, teachers and staff in the use and implementation for all levels of diverse learners. She has taken on many leadership opportunities within Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), one of them has been working with Learning Ally to support students within FCPS. Jennifer has presented at local, state, national and international conferences in the area of AT. She is co-author of Developing Your Assistive Technology Leadership: Best Practices for Success.
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Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization committed to transforming the lives of struggling learners. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a proven reading accommodation comprised of human-read audiobooks, student centric features and a suite of teacher resources. Used in more than 17,000 schools, this solution successfully helps students with reading deficits become engaged learners and reach their academic potential.