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Spreading the Word about Assistive Technology and Universal Design Leaning: Tools and Strategies for ALL Learners - Location: E. Walpole, MA

The Education Cooperative (TEC) and  The Reading Institute (TRI) will provide two blended 30-hour professional development courses in Eastern and Western, MA to help educators explore their own use of technology and more effectively use technology in the classroom. The course will provide Educators with a thorough understanding of best practices in the fields of Assistive Technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), as well as practical knowledge of the provision of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM/AEM). Working collaboratively through hands-on activities, participants will leverage the power of available technologies and resources to enable all students, especially those with disabilities, to access the curriculum and improve their learning. The institute will include THREE face-to-face days and SIX online sessions (synchronous and/or asynchronous). The course is designed to provide ongoing online PLN support throughout the school year to facilitate real classroom application of skills learned.


Important Information:

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT THAT INCLUDES: 
Chromebook and case; iPad and case; $40 of iPad apps; A suite of chrome extensions; Low Tech solutions

AUDIENCE: ALL K-12 Educators. District Teams Encouraged!

COST:
$1300  

PDPs:
45 Professional Development Points

LOCATION: 
The Education Collaborative
141 Mansion Drive
East Walpole, MA

GRADUATE CREDITS (optional):  
2 graduate credits from Worcester State University for an additional $250 payable at the first class.

WITHDRAWALS: 
No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt. There is a $5 cancellation fee.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Jennifer Edge-Savage, MS,EdS,OTR/L is an Assistive Technology Consultant, Occupational Therapist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at Simmons College. She is the President for ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network and has been working in the field of AT for over 20 years. Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for over 25 years. Mike provides assistive technology consultation support to several school districts and works to ensure effective, successful assistive technology consideration, evaluation and implementation. He is the co-founder of #atchat and edcampaccess.