Innovative Special Education Programming Through Technology Integration

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 10
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Participate and share : Poster

Emily Thomas  
Theresa Wallace  

New challenges require innovative solutions. that's how the staff at ISD 916 in St. Paul, Minnesota, approaches education. This presentation will feature innovations and how they support students. Included will be searchable databases, ways to support non-reading students using Google Tools and modifying trends to meet the needs of special education students.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to design accessible and active digital learning environments that accommodate learner variability.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn by attending this poster session:
1. Specific examples of ways that ISD 916 staff have embraced challenges and used them to innovate to support learner differences and needs
-Using Google Tools for emergent readers
-Supporting students without access to school buildings meet IEP and Evaluation goals and needs
2. Actionalable ways they can bring the ideas and products of these innovations back to their district
3. How to use UDL in innovations to support all learners

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Emily Thomas, Northeast Metro Intermediate School Dist
ISTE Certified Educator

Emily is a Technology Integrator and Trainer for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916, a former middle school German Teacher, and a Google Certified Trainer & Coach and ISTE Certified Educator. Throughout her time at 916, she has worked with staff and students to grow their instructional technology skills and meets everyone where they are at. Emily has presented at a variety of local, regional, national, and international conferences, both in-person and virtually. She uses her professional experiences, passion for technology, and drive to innovate student learning to inform and plan her training sessions, including one-on-one, group, and online.

Theresa Wallace, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School

Theresa has been working with students with disabilities for 18 years and specializes in individualizing instruction and supports for complex learners. She carries both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Special Education with specializations in Behavior and Autism Studies. She currently works as Lead for Consultative Services at Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District in Minnesota and works part time as an adjunct professor and supervisor at the University of Minnesota in their Educational Psychology Department. She spends her free time hiking and kayaking with her adorable dog Jasper.

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