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    10:00AM – 11:00AM EDT on Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Gain practical wisdom on strategies to support teachers and administrators with a set of tools to ensure quality content for both core curriculum and supplemental materials. Join the conversation regarding the selection of instructional materials that are engaging, aligned to standards, and meet learning goals. Participants will engage in small group discussions regarding the critical areas of consideration for content vetting and curation including planning, budget, selection review process, implementation, and effectiveness. SETDA will provide an exploration of the online toolkit, The Guide to Quality Instructional Materials (quality content.setda.org). Presenters and participants will share examples of effective selection and implementation of content for learning. CAST will provide the accessibility lens, demonstrating resources to ensure all content is accessible for all learners.

  • presentation

    3:00PM – 4:00PM PT on Saturday, April 21, 2018

    In this introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we'll begin by exploring its origin and core concepts. This foundation will support understanding of the key principles of UDL that guide flexible pathways for learning. CAST's refreshed UDL Guidelines will be a featured resource. Participants will leave this session with new ideas about the process of teaching and learning.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    When you deliver a presentation at a conference or at a meeting, you want everyone in attendance to understand your message. However, many presenters unintentionally erect barriers that make that goal difficult for some attendees. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices for making your presentations accessible to a wider audience that includes not only people with disabilities, but also people who call into a presentation and do not have access to the visuals, and those sitting in the back row of a large room. You will learn techniques for making your slides more accessible using a number of popular presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote and Google Slides, as well as how to design an accessible handout that provides value even after the presentation is over. Finally, you will learn how to deliver your presentation in a way that allows everyone to participate and engage

  • presentation

    2:45PM – 3:45PM ET on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    With increasing pressure to provide accessible course materials on day one , institutions are revisioning their accessibility and inclusive design strategies. These can be tough conversations as goals and policies are rethought. Join accessibility leaders in a discussion focused on how quality can be described, including compliance, guidelines, professional development, data procedures, and resources. They will share with participants the work being done to map IMS Global’s key principles for EPUB and AEM’s Quality Indicators to help institutions develop an accessibility strategy leveraging content standards.

  • presentation

    2:15PM – 3:15PM ET on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    This session continues the discussion around quality and explores ideas on how institutions can use self-assessment to help inform their goals for provisioning accessible course materials and technologies. Highlights of the session include an open dialog and feedback on resources in development as part of a collaboration between the IMS Accessibility Innovation Leadership Network and the CAST organization to help campuses reflect on their provisions practices and inform new accessibility strategies. Participants will also learn steps institutions are taking to ensure educational materials are accessible to all students.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use accessible educational materials and technologies (AEM) as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this webinar will highlight evidence-based strategies for preparing students to articulate their need for AEM, self-advocate, and be independent users as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion.

  • online course

    Wednesday, July 11 – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    The National AEM Center invites you to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials your students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve your students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates. And, we’re certain that you’ll discover that accessibility improves the quality of your curriculum for all learners. For this activity, we’re targeting educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching; however, we welcome all interested participants. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.

  • presentation

    10:00AM – 11:00AM ET on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Unpack the challenges faced by students who use AEM as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings. Working backward from the first year in higher ed, this session will highlight critical strategies for preparing students to articulate their need for AEM, self-advocate, and be independent users as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion.

  • webinar
    Crowded room of participants facing a screen and a presenter

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    When you deliver a presentation at a conference or at a meeting, you want everyone in attendance to understand your message. However, many presenters unintentionally erect barriers that make that goal difficult for some attendees. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices for making your presentations accessible to a wider audience that includes not only people with disabilities, but also people who call into a presentation and do not have access to the visuals, and those sitting in the back row of a large room. You will learn techniques for making your slides more accessible using a number of popular presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote and Google Slides, as well as how to design an accessible handout that provides value even after the presentation is over. Finally, you will learn how to deliver your presentation in a way that allows everyone to participate and engage.

  • presentation

    12:45PM – 3:00PM ET on Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Accessible educational materials (AEM) must be factored into transition planning services to prepare students who need them for meeting higher education goals. Join this session as we unpack the challenges faced by students as they exit high school and enter postsecondary settings, and the role of AEM in higher education accommodations. Strategies for scaffolding students' independent use of AEM as they progress from Kindergarten through high school completion will be shared.

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