Assistive Technology for Classroom Teachers

Professional Development
PDPs: 
15
Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special EducationCCATT

Description

Assistive technology and accessible instructional materials have the potential to dramatically change the lives of students with learning disabilities by expanding their learning opportunities, personalizing their instruction, and allowing them to participate in academic activities alongside their peers. This course will look to ground the principles of universal design for learning in daily classroom approaches through the use of assistive technology. 

In a world of rapidly changing technology, participants will be introduced to a range of software programs, iPad apps, Google Chrome apps and extensions, as well as resources that are free of charge (such as alternative format text through Bookshare.org and resources available through Mass Match).  

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Administrators, Parents; Grades K - 12

Credits

15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the SPED-related requirement for recertification.

Availability

Future training dates will be announces here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

Instructor(s)

  • Erin MacEachen-Travis

    Erin MacEachen-Travis, M.Ed. is a Learning Disabilities/Literacy/Assistive Technology Specialist at CES, and has been an educator here since 1998. She provides individualized, direct, explicit, systematic, sequential, multisensory instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, syllabication, morphology, and spelling to students with dyslexia; develops and implements curriculum in language arts and mathematics; and utilizes a wide range of standardized assessments to screen and test students for learning disabilities. She holds a Masters of Special Education and a professional level license in Special Education, is a Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, and holds IDA/IMSLEC International Certification, Advanced Level, in the Orton Gillingham Method. Erin also trains teachers to evaluate students with various assessment techniques and to interpret assessment results; and to apply remediation strategies for specific learning disabilities.

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org

Registration

A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.