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Remote but accessible: Reaching students of all abilities during distance learning

Presenters: Amanda Morin, Kimberly Eckert, & Shaunda Garrison

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The move to virtual environments for teaching and learning may be impacting students with differing abilities and special needs in a variety of ways. Educators are seeking guidance and resources about IEPs, inclusion practices, modifications, and engagement. Join us and a community of educators who are seeking and sharing strategies and resources to address just-in-time needs to teach during this COVID-19 shutdown.     A snippet of the webinar https://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05-14-webinar-audio-clip.mp3   Participants will: Hear from educators how the COVID-19 school shutdowns are impacting students with special needs; and Learn about strategies and tools to support educators in reaching and teaching students with disabilities.

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Presenters

Writer and Senior Expert at Family Advocacy and Education | + posts

Amanda Morin is an author, parent advocate, and mom to kids who learn differently. Morin worked as a classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist for 10 years. She has been working as an education writer since 2007 to empower parents and affirm the pivotal role they play in their child’s education. She collaborates across many teams at Understood to provide parent-friendly resources, expert advice, and strategy for in-person interactions with parents and educators. Morin played an integral role in launching Understood.org in 2014. During her years as an early childhood educator, she taught kindergarten and worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. She provided education and training to parents of children with disabilities and led multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing Individual Family Service Plans.

English Teacher, District Program Coordinator, and Instructional Coach at Brusly, Louisiana | + posts

Kimberly Eckert holds a BA in social work and an MEd in special education from Northwestern State University. Eckert has 12 years of teaching experience. She is the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the NEA Social Justice Activist of the Year Award in 2019.

Assistant Principal at Northwest Independent School District | + posts

Shaunda Garrison is a committed and courageous educator, who joined Northwest ISD in 2015. As an educator, she has served in numerous capacities such as classroom teacher, instructional math coach, professional learning educator, district elementary math coordinator, and assistant principal. Garrison is a transformational leader with a servant's heart, a champion for students and teachers, an advocate for empowerment and equity, and one who lives her excellence. Garrison is a proud member of Learning Forward's Academy class of 2020.