CARES Act Funding for Schools: What You Need to Know to Improve Access to Education

Presented by: Laura Kaloi, M.S. / Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR, M.B.A.

About the Webinar

In March, Congress authorized over $30 billion in education funding for states and districts within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Almost half of this funding will go to K-12 schools, and much of the focus aims to make learning more accessible for populations most affected by school closures—especially students with disabilities, at-risk populations, language needs, and other challenges.

In this recorded webinar, Accessibility/Policy expert Laura Kaloi and Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR, MBA map out:

  1. How CARES Act funds can be used to support students most affected by the pandemic (students with IEPs, ELL needs, etc.)
  2. Which accessible technologies and resources are making a difference through remote/eLearning
  3. How to advocate for your students’ needs (draft a plan and share your “wish list”)

View this recorded webinar to learn how to advocate for your students and improve access to learning!

About the Presenter

Laura Kaloi, M.S.

 is Partner at Stride Policy Solutions. Laura brings over twenty-five years of DC-based experience in Pre K-16 education and health policy. She is also a former public policy director at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). As a nationally recognized policy expert and child advocate, she has led and consulted on successful initiatives with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and with the White House. With a focus on vulnerable children and adults, Laura is recognized for her policy and advocacy successes in early learning, early literacy, education assessments and accountability, elementary and secondary education.

Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR, M.B.A.

is President of Don Johnston Incorporated. Ruth is an Occupational Therapist, a national education leader and speaker. She has acted as liaison between the assessment consortia and Assistive Technology professionals. Ruth is an AEM Center Advisory Committee Member and on the Board of Directors for The Assistive Technology industry Association (ATIA). She has been a strong student advocate for more than 30 years. Most importantly, Ruth cares deeply about supporting kids who learn differently.