Assistive Technology: From Access to Success in the Classroom

Participants must apply in teams of two. Teams are expected to include one (1) special educator and one (1) general educator from a school district; the special educator and general educator are expected to share at least one student.

Professional Development
Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special Education


CES, through its Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT), will provide a 45-hour year-long content institute on the topics of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and universal design. This institute is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Seconday Education (ESE) and is designed to help school and district personnel take advantage of technologies and resources that will enable all students, especially those with disabilities, to access the curriculum and to enhance their learning. The institute, based in Northampton, will include six(6) face-to-face sessions, one (1) online self-instruction module, and four (4) in-district projects; an additional online self-instruction module, geared toward developing a baseline of technology knowledge with the iPad and the Chromebook, will be optional. Universally-designed tool kits, including an iPad and a Chrome book with installed apps, will be disseminated to each two-person team accepted into the institute.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades K - 12


67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits will be awarded to participants upon completion of this institute. Graduate credit is available through Fitchburg State University at an additional cost of $335. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first section meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.

Date and Location

The institute, based in Northampton, will include 6 face-to-face sessions, 1 online self-instruction module, and 4 in-district projects.

The below listed face-to-face sessions will take place at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton.

  • October 4, November 1, November 29, 2017, January 24, March 21, and May 23, 2018; 8:00am - 3:30pm

Cost and Application

Particpants must apply in teams of two. Teams are expected to include one (1) special educator and one (1) general educator from a school district; the special educator and general educator are expected to share at least one student.

This workshop is sponsored by ESE and is free for selected applicants. Apply using the online form on the right-hand side of this page. Each team must also download and fill out the below form with the signature of their Supervisor/Principal. The Supervisor/Principal's signature indicates the application has been endorsed, and the educators have been given permission to attend all session dates as indicated above. Applications will not be considered for selection until this form has been returned. Please email your completed form to Michelle Geoghegan at

Principal Sign Off Form

The application deadline is Monday, September 18th. Applicants selected for the institute will be contacted by September 22nd.


  • Erin MacEachen-Travis

    Erin MacEachen-Travis, M.Ed. is a learning disabilities specialist with CES who has presented locally and nationally on using assistive technology for students with learning disabilities. She works with teachers to develop specialized instruction that includes the use of assistive technology to support student’s learning within the general curriculum.  

  • Dale Gardner-Fox

    Dale Gardner-Fox is an assistive technology specialist who has worked in the field of special education for more than 30 years. She is a physical therapist by training and has completed the NDT training course. Dale has taught at the graduate level, ;provided state-wide training and presented at both local and national conferences in the areas of physical therapy and assistive technology. 

  • Jeanne Tuthill has worked in a variety of settings as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998 and joined the CCATT Center as an assistive technology specialist in 2008. The field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) allows Jeanne to combine her love for working with children and helping them develop their communication skills with her interest in computers and technology.

  • Photo of Jodi Drury

    Jodi Drury has spent the majority of her career in the Berkshires, teaching special education, and leading professional development initiatives for teachers, paraprofessionals, and leaders.  Before joining CES, she served as the Department Head for the Special Education Department and Student Support Team at Berkshire Hills Regional School District, coordinated special education services for Springfield Public Schools, and was a special educat

For more information, contact:
Executive Assistant to the Special Education Department
413.586.4900 x5266