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Be a Leader: Building Inclusive Technology Systems

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109AB

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Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Maggie's passion in education resides in creating engaging and accessible learning opportunities for all learners. For over a decade, she has worked with teachers, students, administrators, para-professionals, families, and community partners to build a common understanding of how creating engaging and accessible learning for ALL is possible. As a district AEM Coordinator she collaborated across district initiatives to support inclusive teaching and learning structures. Maggie served as a digital learning consultant helping districts bridge the gap between instructional and assistive technologies in their teaching and learning practices.

Session description

Challenged by systemic barriers that impact learner independence and participation? Discover a framework of evidence-based practices, co-developed by a cohort of diverse school districts across the country, for guiding effective collaboration across edtech, IT and assistive technology to accomplish inclusive digital learning opportunities for students with disabilities.

Purpose & objective

CITES supports districts, educators, and families to ensure that students with disabilities are able to use the technology tools they need to foster learning and life success. In this session, the CITES team will support educators to:
1. Define what inclusive technology is.
2. Identify why inclusive technology is important to consider when designing systems.
2. Navigate resources and materials (aligned to ISTE Education Leader standards) to empower districts to build and sustain inclusive technology systems.

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1. Build a common understanding of Inclusive Technology (10 minutes)
1.a What inclusive technology Looks Like, Feels Like, Sounds Like (video)
1.b Why inclusive technology is important (direct instruction with reflection prompts)
2. Introduction to CITES and our goals, as established by OSEP (5-7 minutes)
2.a Background of CITES and goals
2.b CITES Framework
2.c CITES Framework Alignment to ISTE Education Leader Standards
3. The How (5 minutes)
3.a High level overview of and included resources to empower districts
4. Call to Action - The Future is Inclusive (3 minutes)

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Supporting research

The CITES Framework is based on current research and understanding gained from the project’s Knowledge Development Districts. Knowledge Development districts serve as an exemplar in one or more areas of inclusive technology implementation.

CITES tests and refines the Framework practices in collaboration and co-development with Framework Development Districts. The Framework Development Districts made a long-term commitment with CITES to try out evidence-based practices and provide cyclical feedback on what works to build an inclusive technology ecosystem. What is learned together is informing the development of the CITES Framework.

Additional information on the CITES Framework Development process can be found at

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
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: will be highlighted for attendees.
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.