PRE-04TW: Digital Make and Take: Digging Deeper

 

Speaker(s): Beth Poss, Montgomery County Public Schools; Christopher Bugaj, Loudoun County Public Schools

Date: Tuesday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Time: 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Abstract:
Your mission, should you choose to accept it:  help more students, with fewer specialized resources and  less time.  Mission impossible you say? AT Providers must do more than meet the needs of students with disabilities in today's educational world.  AT providers must make systemic changes in the culture of education to serve students who use  technology to access curriculum.  By fostering a  culture dedicated to the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, AT providers can meet the needs of more students in a timely fashion with fewer resources.  Combining the philosophies of UDL and systems change, this 2 day session explores practical strategies using readily-available tools for professional development and accessible curriculum design. The first day will focus on strategies for PD and planning for change, and the second day will provide hands on opportunities to create the resources needed by both students and educators to implement the change.

Learning Objectives:

  • As a result of this activity, participants will be able to create a plan for the implementation of Universal Design for Learning within their school, district, or professional learning community.
  • As a result of this activity, participants will be able to create materials with technology tools they already own or that are available at low or no cost  to support  the training of staff  in  Universal Design for Learning within their school, district, or professional learning community.
  • As a result of this activity, participants will be able to locate and create accessible instructional materials that align with Common Core English/Language Arts indicators in order to provide writing and reading supports for all students, including Engli

Strand:
Education/Learning - Birth-21 includes Severe Multiple Disabilities

Target Audience:
Educators, AT Specialists, Administrators, AT Teams, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists

Experience Level:
Intermediate

Primary Life Cycle Addressed:
Elementary (K-6) - Secondary (7-12)

Speaker Biographies:
Photo of Beth PossBeth Poss is a Curriculum Specialist focusing on Universal Design for Learning with Montgomery County Public Schools, an AT Consultant and Trainer,  and adjunct faculty for Johns Hopkins University and Towson University.  She presents at a variety of local, state and national conferences on Universal Design for Learning, AT,  and how technology is an integral part of the education of 21st Century Learners.  You can follow Beth on Twitter at http://twitter.com/possbeth .

Chris BugajChristopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia and earned his Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology at Kent State University. Chris is the host of the A.T.TIPScast, an award-winning podcast featuring tools and strategies that can be used to differentiate instruction. Chris is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team and has presented at a variety of local, state, and national conferences and is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He currently works as an AT trainer for Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Chris is also the co-producer and co-author of the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages.

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