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Keep Climbing: Transcend Toward Inclusive Technology Systems

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Director of Technical Assistance
Cynthia Curry is Director of Technical Assistance at CAST. As Principal Investigator and Project Director for the AEM Center, she leads a national initiative to build coordinated state and local systems for providing accessible materials and technologies for all learners. Cynthia has enjoyed diverse roles for promoting accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in both K-12 and higher ed, including as a middle and high school science teacher, statewide technology integration mentor, trainer and technical assistance provider, teacher education faculty, instructional designer, and disability services coordinator.
Assistive Technology Teacher
Grossmont Union High School District
Bijul Dalal, a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Grossmont Union High School District, CA, works with students ages 13-22, parents, staff and the community to support the assistive technology needs of students with disabilities. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University – Northridge and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University. Bijul worked at the Center for Technology in Education at Johns Hopkins University and provided technical assistance to state stakeholders. Bijul was a teacher through Teach For America in the Baltimore City Public School and has taught students with special needs internationally.
Vice President, Operations
Christine Fox, MS is the Project Director of CAST’s CITES project. Prior to joining CAST, Christine was the Senior Director of External Relations for CoSN leading professional advancement programs and corporate partnerships. Prior to her role at CoSN, she spent over 16 years at SETDA, with her last role as the Interim Executive Director, where she charted the strategic direction of the organization. At SETDA, she facilitated the members’ professional learning opportunities and managed product development including the suite of instructional materials resources and the Broadband Imperative Reports. Christine’s has been a teacher, ELL coordinator, reading coach and curriculum developer.
District Assistive Technology Coord.
Jenks Public Schools
Janna has a background in Speech-Language Pathology. She currently serves Jenks Public Schools, a suburban district in Jenks, Oklahoma, in the role of District Assistive Technology Coordinator. She co-leads the district’s inclusive technology team, a diverse stakeholder group that assesses and works to improve evidence-based inclusive technology practices in the district.
Disability and Digital Inclusion Lead
Luis Perez is a technical assistance specialist at CAST. He has a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis received ISTE's Making It Happen award in 2020. He has authored three books on mobile learning and universal design for learning: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin), Dive into UDL (co-authored with Kendra Grant for ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist at CAST. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis was recognized with an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making It Happen! Award in 2020. Other recognitions include Apple Distinguished Educator (2009) and Google Certified Innovator (2014). Luis has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing). He currently serves as an Education and Learning strand advisor for the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).

Session description

Leaders across the country are challenged to build systems that promote inclusive technology practices. Join a cohort of diverse school district leaders who are guiding effective collaboration across edtech, IT and AT to accomplish inclusive digital learning opportunities for all students. Be prepared to share experiences and bring questions.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide a comprehensive understanding of inclusive technology systems and how to take the necessary steps to achieve such systems so that all students including those with disabilities have access to the content and resources required for quality learning opportunities. The participants will be able to identify how at least two inclusive technology practices are aligned to the CITES framework They will be able to compare the district examples presented to their own experiences to identify strengths and areas of growth. Finally, participants will be able to plan how to leverage CITES resources to support their school or districts journey to implementing inclusive technology systems.

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Welcome and Introductions, 5 minutes
*Will include audience interaction via peer to peer activity
Overview of CITES Project, 5 Minutes
*Presentation by Facilitator
Panel Discussion, 15 Minutes
*Facilitator led discussion that will include online polls for audience participation
Audience Activity, 10 Minutes
*Participants will have activity via the CITES website to access resources
Panel Discussion, 15 Minutes
*Facilitator led discussion where districts share specific examples of how they led change toward inclusive practices
Audience Reflection, 5 Minutes
*Participants will access the leadership self assessment and review this to see how this tool might be leveraged in their school or district.
Question and Answer, 5 Minutes

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Supporting research

Office of Civil Rights Rehabilitation Act:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Quality Indicators for Accessible Materials and Assistive Technologies

Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES)

Literature Review: Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Inclusive Technology Systems

Literature Review Family Engagement for Inclusive Practices:

5 Things EdTech Leaders Need to Know about Inclusive Technology Systems

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Session specifications

Assistive & adaptive technologies
Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Systems Designer
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.