Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners
The National AEM Center invites new K-12 educators to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates.
For this learning opportunity, educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching are being targeted, however, all interested participants are welcome. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.
Open Registration is 5/8/18 – 2/5/19: Participant need only register once during the open registration period and are welcome to do so at any time.
Five topics have been selected for online modules related to providing accessible classroom materials. The five topics are directly relevant to the curricular materials you use with students on a daily basis:
- Introduction to Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies (starts July 11, 2018)
- How to Make Your Documents Accessible (starts August 29, 2018)
- How to Locate Captioned Videos and Caption Your Own (starts October 17, 2018)
- How to Find Specialized Formats of Print Materials (starts December 5, 2018)
- How to Select Accessible Digital Materials (starts February 6, 2019)
One topic will be introduced every seven weeks, with varied options for independent practice between them. Participants will select activities according to the time and effort you choose to commit; based on your choices, the time commitment will range from approximately one to three hours per seven-week topic. AEM Center staff will hold virtual office hours to support practice between topics, and participants will have the option to learn from one another over social media.