Lessons “eLearned” — 5 Key Ideas from Districts Across the Country

Presented by: Dr. Randy LaRusso, M.Ed / Jessica Gill, M.S., L-SLP, CCC-SLP / Pamela Levan, MOT, OTR/L, ATP / Dr. Eileen Garza, OTR, ATP/SMS, PhD, FAOTA

About the Webinar

This year, eLearning has many of us feeling like first year practitioners and educators. We continue to face challenges with:

  1. The COVID “Slide”
  2. Delivering services from remote
  3. Funding gaps

But we’re all in this together, and it’s time to hear what’s working in other districts. This webinar is an opportunity for you to hear from a panel of special educators, practitioners, and administrators from across the country. They will share their own experiences and “lessons” they learned from eLearning including:

  1. Improving access to learning to help students rebound from the COVID “Slide”
  2. Delivering related services and accommodations virtually (including Co:Writer and Snap&Read)
  3. Making content accessible universally
  4. Improving communication practices between students, parents, and staff
  5. Utilizing funding from the CARES Act for accessibility (due to expire 12.31.20)

This is a unique opportunity to hear what others are doing and bring back new ideas to your team and district. Don’t miss it!

About the Presenter

Dr. Randy LaRusso, M.Ed

has 42 years serving students, educators and parents in the area of special education. She has extensive experience training at the local, state and national levels  and taught at center schools, typical schools and at universities. Randy has served on two national grants funded through the US DOE in developing and sharing resources for students using alternate achievement standards.  Before joining the national stage as a consultant, Randy was the founding director of the Florida ACCESS Project.

Jessica Gill, M.S., L-SLP, CCC-SLP

has her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University.  This is my 20th school year with Livingston Parish Public Schools in Louisiana.  I have served as a school-based speech-language pathologist, speech-language diagnostician, and on the district’s assistive technology team. I currently lead our district’s assistive technology team in coordinating our resources to provide supports for our special education students in the district. 

Pamela Levan, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Pam started her career as a special educator and then as a school based occupational therapist for the past 30 years.  Pam works as part of an Assistive Technology Team in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Eileen Garza, OTR, ATP/SMS, PhD, FAOTA

Dr. Garza is an occupational therapist by profession and has provided assistive technology services to Houston area school districts since 1988.  She is a firm believer in providing access to curriculum regardless of a student’s eligibility and loves the concept of Universal Design for Learning as an intentional process.