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ABLE Tech, in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, offers training to school districts to empower educators in assessing, identifying, and providing appropriate AT devices and services for students. ABLE Tech's Assistive Technology and Information Services Program provides a variety of services including training sessions for district AT Teams each year. ABLE Tech's training, technical assistance, and consultation teach educators more about the innovative field of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, accommodation ideas, and universal design for learning to increase educational success and readiness for students with disabilities in all grade levels. The training program is anchored by the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Team sign ups are due by August 29. ABLE Tech's AT Team training is free. The ABLE Tech MOU is the first step in signing up AT Team members. The MOU is not a contract but it does create guidelines for both parties to contribute their efforts toward a common goal. The AT Team training content will focus on AT consideration and assessment. Teams will attend one full day regional training event (choose from 4 locations), participate in four webinars and in total complete 8 assignments. This training plan is designed to help with the successful implementation of transforming your team’s training into daily practice! Teams will learn how to conduct an AT assessment and will complete the process with at least one student.
Recommended Team Members: staff representing elementary, middle school, and high school special education, assessment, speech language pathologist, OT, PT, Special Education Director, technology coordinator. Upon submission of the MOU, teams will receive a welcome email and instructions for "Assignment 1" (below).
Completion of Assignments and Team Recognition: Team member participation is tracked and points earned through easy but important assignments. Participants will earn Certificates of Completion, CEUs for OTs, PTs, SLPs, team completion recognition, as well as bonus achievement levels to put that training into practice. Details below. Questions? Call ABLE Tech at 1-800-257-1705 if you have any questions.
1. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology are a nationally recognized framework designed to assist IEP teams with the consideration of assistive technology. AT Teams received QIAT content training the 2013-14 school year, and assignment 1 allows new teams to learn more about this foundational material. New AT Teams will watch three videos on the "Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology". Each team member will complete a brief quiz at the end of each video. Individual participation is tracked upon submission of each online quiz.
2. Teams will review the following two QIAT documents and then fill out the Self-Evaluation Form together. The team leader emails the self-evaluation form to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 30. A total of 10 points can be earned for each team member.
3. ABLE Tech recommends the team leader share the self-assessment form with district administration and special education staff to inform others about the Quality Indicators for AT and how the training and resources will help the AT team support others in the district. The self-assessment score is an excellent way for teams to see the areas where improvements can be made. The ABLE Tech AT Training is a five year opportunity for teams to building upon training and build capacity. Pre and post scoring will be tracked to show growth, skill transfer, and application.
1. Share the team's 2013-14 QIAT Matrices Self-Evaluation Form and Improvement Plan with educators and administrators in your district.
The purpose of the email is to notify other stakeholders in the district of the:
2. When teams sign up to participate, ABLE Tech will send a confirmation email with assignment 1 instructions plus a sample email to use. Teams will send the email along with the QIAT self-evaluation document and improvement plan from the ABLE Tech 2013-14 training. ABLE Tech has a copy of team improvement plans; however, we do not have a copy of you QIAT matrices scores.
3. The team leader will send the email to stakeholders and copy other team members. The assignment is completed when a copy of the email is sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. A total of 10 points can be earned for each team member.
Tues, Sept. 9 Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Dr. Penny Reed will begin work with Oklahoma's AT Support Teams during this webinar. Penny Reed, Ph.D., is currently a private consultant. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education for more than thirty years. Much of her experience involved working with children with physical and multiple disabilities, which led to her interest in assistive technology. Dr. Reed developed and directed the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) from 1993 to 2003. She provides training across the country on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. Dr. Reed is the recipient of several awards for her work including Clinician of the Year from the Oregon Head Injury Foundation and the National Leadership Award from the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
During the Sept 9 webinar, Dr. Reed will discuss the Quality Indicators and an overview of the critical aspects of AT Consideration. A simple, easy to follow system of AT Consideration for IEP teams will be demonstrated. Teams will work with three different AT Consideration forms to decide what each team prefers and why. The webinar will end with an assignment to work with at least one district IEP team to use an effective consideration process. Teams will be asked to identify a student for whom an AT assessment referral has been made. Teams will use the ABLE Tech AT Consultation Intake Form to gather data about a student's educational needs, goals, and tasks and bring the information to the AT Training Day event (below).
Oct. 6 Moore Norman Technology Center
Oct. 7 Tulsa Technology Center Sand Springs Campus
Nov. 3 Lawton Cameron University
Nov. 11 Sallisaw Carl Albert State College
This workshop will present a team-based model for completing an assistive technology assessment. It begins with a brief overview of the laws related to the provision of assistive technology services in the schools. Then an Assistive Technology Assessment process will be explained. This assessment process includes three stages: Information Gathering, Decision Making, and Trial Implementation. Specific, easy to follow forms will be provided. There will be opportunities for teams to participate in guided practice and receive feedback throughout the day.
Materials for face-to-face training
Each team will receive one copy of the manual, Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology. The manual will be used as the basis for the face-to-face training and follow up webinars for teams. ABLE Tech will order the manuals (one per team) and send an invoice to the team leader (the manual will be approximately $35). The manual includes a CD with all forms that are mentioned in the manual. All other handouts will be supplied by ABLE Tech. A total of 20 points can be earned for each team member.
Thurs, Oct. 23 Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Using the data from the AT Team Training Day survey at the end of the face-to-face training, Dr Reed will address specific issues, presenting new information or additional resources to help the teams.
Tues, Nov 18 Time 3:30-5:00
Using the resources "How Do You Know It? How Can You Show it?" The presenter will discuss simple and effective strategies for data collection and the circumstances where they are most effective.
Due Monday, December 15: Complete assessment and submit by Dec. 15 to ABLE Tech staff email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams are encouraged to contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech for device suggestions and trial device loans for student(s) (multiple items may be borrowed). A total of 20 points can be earned for each team member.
A team can reach the "Achievement" level and 50 additional points by completing two or more AT assessments at any time between before June 30, 2014.
Thurs, Feb. 19 Time 3:30-5:00
Teams will participate in webinar. Teams will also have an opportunity to report on Consideration and Assessment activities they have conducted during the school year. Presenter will troubleshoot issues and present information on strategies for systems change related to AT Consideration and Assessment. Teams will complete the two self-assessment matrices on AT Consideration and AT Assessment, compare to previous scores, and share results with ABLE Tech via email to email@example.com and Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due by April 15: Teams will submit new goals for the 2015-16 year to ABLE Tech via online form by April 15. A total of 10 points can be earned for each team member.
Completion and Achievement Levels
Completion Level Certificate: Teams completing the above assignments (100 points) will earn the Completion Level Certificate.
Achievement Level: Teams can reach a bonus Achievement Level Certificate (50 bonus points) by completing two or more AT assessments (see assignment 6 above).
District AT Library Badge: Teams can earn this badge on the AT Team website (50 bonus points) by creating an AT inventory list of assistive technology available in the school district. The purpose of the list is to share within your district so that school staff are aware of the AT available to use or try for a student. Teams can submit the list by emailing email@example.com and Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org. The list can be a document or a link to a website.
AT Team completion levels will be recognized on ABLE Tech's website! See last year's AT Team website for inspiration.