Meeting the Online Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities

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The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 17 led by the 2012 iNACOL/SREB National Online Teacher of the Year, Leslie Fetzer, from the North Carolina Virtual Public School. Fetzer will present and guide a panel discussion about new learning models using online learning that are meeting the educational needs of students with disabilities. This webinar will explore individualizing learning and supports for each student in online learning environments.

“Allowing students who learn in different ways to have more curricular options and flexibility in pacing with excellent teachers can create more engaging environments for students – and these benefits are a hallmark of online learning.” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “Putting engaging content and technology tools in the hands of world-class teachers that know how to personalize instruction can help support each student’s success.”

School administrators and teachers will share the strategies and approaches addressing unique needs of students with disabilities as well as strategies for the online learning environment. The panel will take a look at what the North Carolina Virtual Public School is doing for students with disabilities in its program, delivering online courses, credit recovery, and landmark Occupational Course of Study Blended Learning Program.

Panel speakers will include Michelle Lourcey, Division Director, Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina Virtual Public School; Nellie Aspel, Director of Exceptional Children at the Cleveland County, N.C. Schools; and Lindsey Taylor, Exceptional Children Teacher at Ashbrook High School, also in North Carolina.

The webinar will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM Eastern. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.inacol.org/events/webinar/index.php

Full Text: iNACOL Announces May 17 “Teacher Talk” Webinar: “Using the Online Learning Environment to Meet the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities” – MarketWatch.