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The Path to UDL: Why UDL is Tough to Implement — and Five Necessary Components to *Really* Make UDL Happen

UDL is simple: take technology, media, goal-setting, and some new findings on how the brain works and each student would get the right supports to be successful as can be. It sounds like a dream…until you wake up and realize:

  1. Teachers don’t want one more thing to do.
  2. It’s a “special ed” initiative, so it’s out of the “general ed” sandbox.
  3. You work with individual students, but UDL requires “system change.” You’re out of your league!

Okay, so where does that leave your UDL initiative, and where do you go from here? Join AT practitioner, thought leader, writer, and UDL evangelist, Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD., as she goes under the surface of UDL to give five components necessary to make it *really* happen.

About the Presenter:

 Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD is an accessibility accomplice providing training, support, and consultation to organizations around Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials, and Universal Design for Learning. 

January 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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We Teach Readtopia! 3 Things to Plan for the Best School Year Ever

While special education classrooms are all very different, successful teachers have several things in common—they inspire, they adapt, and they truly reach every single student.

But it often feels like we’re flying by the seat of our pants. The general education classrooms seem to have a predetermined course (the curriculum and books are set at the beginning of the year). In our special education classrooms, it’s common to feel like we’re stringing things together—often over the weekend! What’s the best way to plan? How can we get ahead of the game? In this webinar, you’ll see an inside look at how Readtopia has given special educators the resources they need to reach every one of their most diverse learners.

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Dyslexia—New Opportunities Using Data to Close the Reading Gap

Dyslexia is not related to an intelligence deficit, yet reading barriers can prevent these students from realizing their true potential. Simply having the right data showing how students read best (whether through a read aloud accommodation or independent reading) can make the difference between accessing modified materials and accessing grade-level text.

In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Denise DeCoste will show you how to use data to identify which accommodations will help students with dyslexia launch their success.

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5 Steps to Building a Student-Led Tech Implementation Program

“What is the best way to implement learning tools?” 

There’s the traditional top-down “train the trainer” approach, but like the game of telephone, it had mixed results. The latest approach is a more agile student-led and sustainable approach where training is done directly with students—helping empower them directly. We call these newly empowered students TechXperts. In this on-demand webinar, we’ll show you how to go directly to your students and create TechXperts using the free Don Johnston Learning Academy.

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Dysgraphia: 5 minute Screening for Writing Accommodations

There are many things to consider when helping our struggling writers to improve outcomes and build confidence. Students who struggle with writing may have poor fine motor skills, messy or slow handwriting, lack of attention to tasks, poor spelling, and difficulty getting ideas down on paper. Is it Dysgraphia? View this on-demand webinar to learn how to use accessible technology to better support students with IEPs who have Dysgraphia or other writing challenges. Get an understanding of dysgraphia. See how Co:Writer Word Prediction, Translation, and Speech-to-Text remove barriers to writing. Request an easy, 5-minute Writing Accommodation Screening Tool.

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Dyslexia: Which Students Will Pass the State Assessments?

Students with disabilities have to pass the state assessment test.  What if you could know which students could comprehend at grade level or above with read-aloud accommodations?

Request an on-demand webinar (30 minutes) to see:

  1. How uPAR can show the ways students can read best
  2. Improved implementation of read-aloud accommodations
  3. How to get a free trial

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Dyslexia: How to Better Support Writing

The word, “dyslexia” is becoming commonly known. But, how to best support students with dyslexia in the classroom can be a mystery. Students with print disabilities may be shutting down at writing time due to a lack of writing mechanics, a fear of making mistakes, and errors that make work unreadable. Still, you know your students better than anyone—and you know they have potential.  How will you bridge the gap between independent writing levels and true capabilities? View this on-demand webinar to see how Co:Writer supports students with print disabilities including dyslexia.

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Note-taking Texas Style with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google

Taking notes while reading is a required skill according to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). How does technology help students in the Lone Star State gain confidence and mastery in note-taking—so they are more active in their own learning? Find out at our new webinar. View this on-demand webinar to hear how students in Texas “Go Big” with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Highlighting and emphasizing, Making written notes, Reviewing and revising notes, and Organizing notes. See examples from Burleson ISD, Texas where English Learners had success using Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google.

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How Access to Complex Text Improved Elementary Reading Scores

We’ve long known that the most important factor in student learning is excellent instruction, but this goal is made more complex by the varying needs of students. The principles of Universal Design for Learning have pushed us to see accommodations such as text-to-speech (TTS), as useful for a broader range of students with reading challenges. In this session, we’ll share how we screened kids for reading accommodations, how we gave students access to complex text, and more. We also share data showing gains in students’ unaided reading scores after only one semester.

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How Top Special Educators Teach Writing to Improve Communication

Communication skills are a crucial element of student development, and students with complex needs are no exception. Yet, many students with complex needs have difficulty communicating. I will share ways educators are using writing as a tool for expression and communication. These classrooms show us that implementing comprehensive writing instruction has wide-ranging effects that we are only beginning to understand.

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