Special Education Technology Center Professional Development Opportunities

The Special Education Technology Center at Central Washington University is hosting three great professional development opportunities:

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Designing for Equity in Remote Learning through a UDL and Accessibility Lens

August 19, 2020 – 2:00-4:00pm

Objectives:

  • Discuss three key principles of Universal Design for Learning concerning Online/Remote Learning
  • Be able to name at least two accessibility considerations when selecting and/or designing the digital curriculum.
  • Learn about tools to assist with needs assessment and decision making around access to online learning
  • Target two resources to share with their district or agency in support of student engagement and accessibility

Cost:  $25 per district

Register here

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Conversations around Remote Learning, Accessible Technology, & Meeting the Needs of ALL Students

August 20, 2020 – 2:00-4:00pm

Objectives:

  • Provide resources on accessibility solutions for online learning
  • Generate solutions to accessibility challenges for students with learning disabilities to access curriculum, including attention and organizational issues
  • Share resources for supporting inclusion of all students in online learning.
  • Discuss and generate supports for staff, students, and parents for success in online learning
  • Share resources for supporting inclusion of all students in online learning.

No Cost

Register here

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Believe in Assistive Technology: Strategies for Children with Significant Disabilities Across ALL Learning Environments

SETC Fall Conference

September 25, 2020

Objectives:

  • Consider meaningful ways to connect with parents and caregivers for effective online service delivery model
  • Understand key issues around access methods, including how movement and positioning can improve engagement in learning for students with complex bodies
  • Learn five Augmentative and Alternative Communication options, including low tech, light tech, cost-conscience tech, AAC apps, and high-tech options.
  • Experience implementation strategies for expanding language and increasing literacy skills for in-person or online service delivery models.
  • Observe demonstrations of online AAC therapy strategies for students with visual impairments.
  • Investigate free and cheap AT and Online resources to meet student needs.

Cost:  $45 per person

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Back to School Legal Retreat with Julie Weatherly

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Back to School Legal Retreat with Julie Weatherly

Friday, September 18, 2020

10:00 – 11:30am PST

Julie Weatherly, Esq. will address your specific questions relating to “reopening” our schools.  Submit your questions for Julie here prior to the webinar.

Anticipated topics include:

  • Transportation challenges
  • LRE considerations
  • Contingency planning for “reclosing” and “reopening” schools
  • Health and safety issues
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Case law development
  • “Compensatory services” determinations and considerations

CASE Members $35

Non-CASE Members $50

** CASE members should visit www.casecec.org and login to the “Members Only” page to find the special code to register at the CASE member rate of $35.

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2020 CASE Annual Fall Conference

There are only 86 days until the virtual 2020 CASE Annual Fall Conference on November 5-7, 2020.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Exceed the Vision, Be the Difference.”

Early Bird Registration through September 25, 2020:  $200 CASE Members; $260 Non-CASE Members

Regular Registration is September 26, 2020 through October 15, 2020:  $300 CASE Members; $360 Non-CASE Members

Late Registration is October 16, 2020 through October 30, 2020:  $400 CASE members; $460 Non-CASE Members

For more information about the conference sessions and speakers, visit https://pheedloop.com/casefall2020/site/home/.

Register at https://pheedloop.com/casefall2020/site/register/.

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