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Description

Beth Poss

This session will examine strategies and complimentary assistive technology tools for overcoming barriers to inclusive education with a focus on creating an inclusive mindset for all stakeholders. This deep dive into inclusive learning practices is based on the premise that learning environments must be DESIGNED inclusively. In this way educators and AT professionals provide learning opportunities that are equally accessible and engaging for all students, including those with IEPs, 504 plans or who are multilingual learners. Learn how powerful instructional practices paired with technology resources, including ones that you already have, create access and engagement for learners of all abilities. Participants will be involved in an authentic inclusive learning experience in which inclusive educational strategies frame the use of accessible technology tools in order to promote active learning for every student and break down barriers to inclusive education.

Abstract

This session will examine strategies and complimentary assistive technology tools for overcoming barriers to inclusive education with a focus on creating an inclusive mindset for all stakeholders. As educators and AT professionals seek to improve student outcomes and support increasingly diverse learners in their educational settings, they need to find ways to increase access to learning through inclusively designed learning environments. The principle element in inclusive design is flexibility. Providing options promotes learner agency and intrinsically motivates individuals to actively engage in their own learning.Research shows that when learners are engaged, have choice,and flexible tools that increase access to learning, they are more likely to persist even with challenging tasks, and when they persist they are more likely to meet learning outcomes. This deep dive into inclusive learning practices is based on the premise that learning environments must be DESIGNED inclusively. In this way educators and AT professionals provide learning opportunities that are equally accessible and engaging for all students, including those with IEPs, 504 plans or who are multilingual learners.

Part of creating a culture of inclusive learning acknowledges there are obstacles to implementation. We know that in developing a culture of inclusive learning, educators who take the lead in spearheading inclusive programs often run into “Yeah, but…” from colleagues, administrators and other stakeholders. Participants will be coached through case studies and encouraged to share their own experiences in considering how they can overcome these obstacles and Infuse their learning environments with inclusive practices and resources in order to design educational experiences that meet the unique needs of every learner. The presenters will model inclusive strategies and resources throughout the presentation, providing opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in an authentic inclusive learning experience. Participants will engage in discussions with reflective questions in smaller groups and use digital tools to share their ideas with the larger group. By framing inclusive educational practices through strategies that promote inclusive learning we will explore technology tools that promote active learning for every student and break down barriers to inclusive education.

1st Half:

  • Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

2nd Half:

  • Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

Fee:

$295.00

IACET CEUs: 0.6

ACVREP CEUs: 6

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will identify three strategies that can overcome barriers to inclusive education practices by increasing learner engagement, decreasing dependence on adults and empowering learners to personalize their learning.

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