AT Certificate Program The 2017-18 Certificate Program is now scheduled and will be the last year it is offered. Registration is now open.
Length: Eight six-hour days (48 hours), divided into four two-day segments (8:30-3:30) Dates: October 17 & 18, November 14 & 15, December 12 & 13, 2017 and Feb. 7& 8 2018 Location: Lake Avenue Church 393 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA Intended Audience: 1. For AT Specialist Certificate: Professionals who will be key Assistive Technology (AT) Assessors or persons currently in positions as AT Assessors in districts or SELPAs. Outcomes:
Non-certificate (certificate of attendance hours) 2. Past participants who want to update their knowledge (you don’t need to write assessments)
3. Teachers/Administrators/Program Specialists who would like to determine AT needs of their own students (you will not write
Intended Audience: Participants are or will be key Assistive Technology (AT) Assessors or persons currently in positions as AT Assessors in districts or SELPAs. (The program does not include Augmentative Alternative Communication AAC)
Description: This unique certificate program is designed to support students to meet Common Core State Standards and utilize current district technologies. Comparable to a graduate university course, this certificate program includes thorough instruction and exercises on how to assess students with curriculum and physical access needs. Participants utilize both free and commercial software and demonstrate their understanding by reflecting legally defensible findings through completion of two practice assessment projects. Practice assessment projects will be reviewed using a rubric. Each participant is personally coached throughout the program. Past participants recognize the value of individual attention and support this foundational course and continue to rate it as EXCELLENT. The actual practice of working with real world students and having the reports reviewed, offers powerful experience and confidence building. Clear understanding of AT requirements, what AT Consideration is and how to write legally defensible reports is priceless. Recommendations for creating an AT Plan for the district and how to manage caseloads are also highly valued. Attendees include both experienced AT Specialist who wish to deepen their skills and those new to the field.
Before I started the AT Assessment Course in 2010-11 school year, my knowledge in the field of assistive technology was very general. I was a brand new and the only AT Specialist for my District managing a caseload of 80 students. As excited I was about my new career, it was quite overwhelming. Susan's course helped organize all the different duties related to our jobs, from choosing tools for students to learning about the wide range of tools available and the management aspects of our position (managing equipment, inventories, ordering, training staff etc.) One great thing about the course is the there are so many hands-on learning opportunities where we are learning about AT tools. But the best thing about the course is that it put us in touch with other local AT's who have ended up being such a valuable resource even after the course ended. Several years later, I have a DOZEN people I can email and quickly get an answer to a very unique and specific situation. This team is better than GOOGLE.COM!! And of course, Susan Simmons has become an amazing mentor, always helping us wade through the complexities of working for a school district and bringing us back to what's most important- helping students! She continues to be a great source of support many years later.
Diana Neskovska Assistive Technology Specialist Glendale Unified School District
"I wanted to thank you for the amazing experience you gave us- I found your class (and you!) truly inspiring. For many years I thought nothing could replace my passion for Speech therapy, but I know now I'm wrong.
I always thought AT was awesome, but I don't think I ever understood just how much can de done with this field.
Now, thanks to you, I get it!
I hope one day gain as much knowledge and experience to spread the joys of this field and educate the way you do."
TANYA KUTUKDJIAN AT in private practice, Los Angeles Area
Developing District AT programs FOR Administrators and AT Specialists Contact me if you would like to host this workshop in your area.
You have an AT who is overloaded-what to do? You are hiring independent assessors again and again? Re-think your strategies. Implementing or considering implementing UDL? How could that affect AT? How could you possibly ‘consider Assistive Technology’ for all students with IEPs?
In this workshop participants will explore several models for meeting AT needs in districts large and small as well as the SELPA. We will explore the use of the expert model (if you want to stick with it, how could it be more effective?) as well as models that allow for teachers and other curriculum experts to implement AT accommodations. Nationally used quality indicators will be introduced as a way to evaluate effectiveness.
Participants will learn about the benefits and drawbacks of various AT models and work in small groups to evaluate district/student/budget implications of each. Participants can use their own district information for activities or use scenarios provided. Come in teams and use this time to think and strategize with support; or alone, and work with colleagues to find your starting point or plan new strategies.
How to Read & Write Defensible AT Reports
As an Administrator you want to be able to read any AT report and determine if it is appropriate, complete and can be implemented. Often Independent AT Assessments are requested yet you wonder ………
In this 3-hour workshop, you will be introduced to a basic rubric for AT reports with emphasis on critical information. You will see reports written from a variety of sources with examples from districts who have taken the report format and made it their own.
Truly an interactive workshop, participants are encouraged to bring examples they or others have written, or send them in advance to use as examples for discussion (without any identification of origin). All participants will receive models and samples digitally and in print to use immediately.