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Edtech Advocacy &
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You Can Win if You Do Play: SPEDucation & Remote Learning

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Participate and share : Poster

Dr. Amy Darling  
Kimberly Zajac  

Join to discuss SEL, instructional design tools and strategies used during remote learning. Learn how one district leveraged human-centered and whole-child SEL focus established connections and communication as a hub for engagement & learning. Models of asynchronous & synchronous delivery ELA instruction designed to include specialized support & UDL principles are provided.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Classroom, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Draw, Forms, Keep
Google Read & Write
Microsoft Lens
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We will connect with the audience to understand their experience and current position with respect to reaching diverse learners within the constraints of pandemic, remote learning and equity/access challenges.

We will discuss SEL and instructional design tools and strategies used to navigate challenges presented to Special Education during COVID19 School Closures.

Presenters share how their district leveraged human centered and Whole Child SEL focused approach to establish connections & communication as a hub for engagement and learning.

We will demonstrate models of blended asynchronous and synchronous delivery of Mid-level ELA instruction intentionally designed to include related service support and UDL principles.

Examples include design of SEL rich engagement opportunities through synchronous game meet ups and examples of how project based learning can win out over traditional assignments.

Digital tools & AT discussion about rationale, application with Q & A will be included in the session.

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Dr. Amy Darling, Norton Public Schools

Amy Darling, Ph.D. is a MA licensed educator in pre-k 3 early childhood, and K-8 mild to moderate disabilities. She is a special educator at Norton Middle School in Norton, MA. She holds a PH.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as a M.S. in nonprofit management. Dr. Darling is a member of AERA division of curriculum studies & change agent on the Disability Studies In Education and Technology SIG. Amy is committed to social justice, equity in education and SEL among educators and students, through varied modes of learning, collaboration, and instruction.

Kimberly Zajac, MassCUE/Norton Public Schools

Kim Zajac, is a certified SLP and Audiologist in Norton, MA. She is certified in the area of Neuro-developmental Treatment with Pediatrics. She is a MassCUE Board member and is a Co-Founder of @EdCampSoutheasternMA. She has presented at ISTE, MassCUE, MASCD, BLC, NELMS Conference, Medfield DLD, and ConnectedEd Conference. Kim specializes in providing support to student learning through the use of strategies of visual thinking, sketchnoting, executive function , social communication , and social-emotional regulation. She is passionate about establishing equitable access and learning opportunities for ALL students.

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