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ABLE Tech, in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, desires to provide training to LEAs in an effort to empower educators in assessing, identifying and providing appropriate AT devices and services for students. ABLE Tech and the OSDE wish to provide a multi-year training and technical assistance project to teach educators 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, including transition age students. The training program will address the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provisions for FAPE and the provision of assistive technology. The Assistive Technology and Information Services training sessions may include parent participants.
The training content will focus on AT consideration and assessment. Teams will attend one full day regional training event – choose from one of four locations. AT teams will participate in four support webinars and complete eight assignments. This training plan is designed to help put your team’s training into practice! Teams will learn how to conduct an AT assessment and will complete the process with at least one student. Team member participation is tracked and points earned by easy assignments. Participants will earn certificates of participation, recognition for participation, CEUs for OTs, PTs, SLPs, and even recognition for the bonus achievement level - 50 extra points by completing two or more AT assessments (see assignment 6 below).
Team sign ups are due by August 29. The ABLE Tech MOU is not a contract but it does create guidelines for both parties to contribute their efforts toward common goals. The MOU is a document that allows school districts to sign up to participate in ABLE Tech's AT training and development and is a means to identify the staff on the AT Support Team. Upon submission of the MOU, teams will receive a welcome email and instructions for "Assignment 1" (below). Please call 800-257-1705 if you have any questions.
1. Share via email your team’s QIAT Self-Evaluation Matrices and 2013-2014 Improvement Plan with educators and administrators in your district.
The purpose of the email is to notify other stakeholders in your area of the:
2. ABLE Tech will send you a sample email that you may use as a template. Teams will need to refer to their QIAT self-assessment scores and improvement plans from the ABLE Tech 2013-14 training. ABLE Tech has a copy of your improvement plan; however, we do not have a copy of you QIAT matrices scores.
3. The Team lead will send the email to stakeholders and copy in other team members. The assignment is completed and points earned when a copy of the email is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
1. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology are a nationally recognized framework designed to provide a framework for the consideration of assistive technology. Teams will watch the following 3 ABLE Tech Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology videos. Each team member will complete the short quiz. Upon submission of the quiz, the team member will receive 5 points for the completed assignment.
2. Teams will complete the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology self-assessment score sheet
AT Self Evaluation Instructions (link)
The assignment is complete when a copy of the AT self-assessment score sheet is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The team lead must ensure that the team completes the assessment together. Each team member will receive 5 points for a total of 10 points for assignment 1.
3. ABLE Tech recommends the team lead 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.
Tues September 9 Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Dr. Penny Reed will begin work with Oklahoma's AT Support Teams during this webinar. She 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 IEP team to use an effective consideration process. Handouts may be provided in advance; an online evaluation will be used for feedback. Teams will be asked to identify a student for whom an AT assessment referral has been made; gather data about the student and educational needs, goals, tasks using the ABLE Tech AT Consultation Intake Form, and bring the information to the in-person AT training event. This assignment is complete when the brief quiz is submitted by each team member. An archive of the webinar will be available within a few days of the live event. 10 points earned.
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 lead (the manual will be approximately $35). If the team would like more than one copy, please indicate the number of additional manuals when registering for the regional training event. The manual also includes a CD with all forms that are mentioned in the manual. All other handouts will be supplied by ABLE Tech.
Thursday, October 23 Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Using the data from the survey conducted at the end of the face-to-face training the presenter will address specific issues, presenting new information or additional resources to help the teams. No specific handouts identified at this time. This assignment is complete when the brief quiz is submitted by each team member. An archive of the webinar will be available within a few days of the live event. 10 points earned.
Tuesday, November 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. Handouts provided in advance include: powerpoint slides and materials from the book, "How Do You Know It? How Can You Show It?" This assignment is complete when the brief quiz is submitted by each team member. An archive of the webinar will be available within a few days of the live event. 10 points earned.
Due Monday, December 15: Complete assessment and submit by Dec. 15 to ABLE Tech staff firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Teams are encouraged to contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech for device suggestions and trial device loans for student(s) (multiple items may be borrowed). 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.
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 trouble shoot 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 their own previous scores, and share results with ABLE Tech via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Kimberly.email@example.com. This assignment is complete when the brief quiz is submitted by each team member. An archive of the webinar will be available within a few days of the live event. 10 points earned.
New goals for the following year will be discussed by the teams and submitted to ABLE Tech by April 15.
Teams will submit new goals for the 2015-16 year to ABLE Tech via online form by April 15.