How We Equipped All Students with Tools to Access the Curriculum at Minneapolis Public Schools

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Presented By: Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., / Jesse Morgan

Core curriculum. Vastly diverse learners of varying needs, abilities, even languages. How to provide equitable access?

Jesse Morgan, AT Specialist and OT with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), knew that accessibility tools needed to be part of the solution. And he made it happen by successfully getting people on-board, capturing funding, and aligning the tools to district priorities (including Equity, SEL, literacy, and MTSS).

Now all MPS learners have a tool that helps them engage with the core curriculum, whatever their need or ability.

Join Jesse and Dave Edyburn Ph.D, a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and ESSER funding expert, as they discuss how:

  • Jesse used data from the free version of Read&Write (5-6k uses/day) to support his request for a district-wide license
  • MPS used ESSER funds for the purchase, including one contingency Jesse wishes he’d known about earlier
  • They created a solution that reduced the influx of assistive technology referrals

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About the Presenter

Dave Edyburn, Ph.D.,

is Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research and teaching interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance; human and machine learning; research; and universal design for learning. He is the Guest Editor for an upcoming special issue of Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits regarding the impact of Covid-19 on assistive technology services.

Jesse Morgan

I have worked in MPS since 2000. I am an occupational therapist (OT) and assistive technology professional (ATP). In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and going to concerts.