Arra 2009 Webinar


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Arra 2009 Webinar

  1. 1. Assistive Technology & Professional Development Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Goals of ARRA 2009  Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs.  Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform.  Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability.  Invest in one-time ARRA fund thoughtfully to minimize the “funding cliff.”
  3. 3. IDEA Recovery Funds  $11.3 billion under Part B Grants to States  $400 million under Part B Preschool Grants  $500 million under Part C Grants for Infants & Families  Early intervention for infants & familes
  4. 4. Uses of IDEA, Part B Recovery Funds  Obtain state-of-the art assistive technology devices and provide training in their use to enhance access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities.  Provide intensive district-wide professional development for special education and regular education teachers that focuses on scaling-up, through replication, proven and innovative evidence-based school-wide strategies in reading, math, writing and science, and positive behavioral supports to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  Develop or expand the capacity to collect and use data to improve teaching and learning.
  5. 5. Uses of IDEA, Part B Recovery Funds  Expand the availability and range of inclusive placement options for preschoolers with disabilities by developing the capacity of public and private preschool programs to serve these children.  Hire transition coordinators to work with employers in the community to develop job placements for youths with disabilities.
  6. 6. Implications for AT  State of the art assistive technology devices  Provide professional development in the use of the assistive technology devices  Opportunities to refresh inventory of equipment  Focus on enhancing access to the general education curriculum  Provide intensive district-wide professional development for special education and regular education teachers
  7. 7. Things to Consider??  Moving towards a Universal Design for Learning Model  Goals for your program(s)  Needs of the students  Population(s) to serve  Tasks you are hoping your students will perform  Classroom settings for your programs  Assistive Technology Toolkit  Current inventory of assistive technology  Professional development
  8. 8. Looking at the big picture Opportunities to systematically phase in Universal Design for Learning  Multiple Means of Representation  Multiple Means of Expression  Multiple Means of Engagement
  9. 9. Curriculum Professional Accessibility Development Teacher UDL AT Toolkit
  10. 10. What is in your AT Toolkit? Reading Tools • Text to Speech • Audio Supports • MP3 Players Writing Tools • Text to Speech • Word prediction • Spelling tools Math Tools • Calculators • On Screen applications • Virtual applets
  11. 11. Things to Consider??  Standardizing on an AT Toolkit  Looking at Web 2.0 Tools  Looking at online AT services  Combination of commercial and freeware tools  Timeline for purchase and training  Delivery of training  Will your district be able to support the initiative after the grant period?
  12. 12. Traditional Training Building Professional In Class Learning Models Capacity Communities Virtual Training
  13. 13. It is an exciting time!  Plan with a purpose  Envision the future with technology  Work with experts in the field who share your vision  Plan your professional development wisely  Collect data and watch your students soar!
  14. 14. Things to Consider  Engage your Technology Director early on in the process  Think in terms of two years out  Build the capacity of your staff  Plan with your terminal goals in mind  Understand your school culture and plan wisely
  15. 15. Resources Available online at Available from NPR, Inc.
  16. 16. Resources  Center for Applied Special Technology  Closing the Gap  AssistiveTek Blog  AssistiveTech Ning Group
  17. 17. Questions & Discussion
  18. 18. 908.852.3460