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Using Data & Tech to Bring SPED up to Speed

Special education teachers face some of the most difficult challenges in education, working with students with varying needs while simultaneously juggling complex regulations. To address these challenges and better support educators, innovative districts are turning to technologies that enable robust data collection for monitoring IEP progress, provide on-demand professional development, and give teachers access to effective curricula. In addition to bringing SPED into the 21st century, these changes are saving districts money. Come hear experienced practitioners share lessons from implementing technology in SPED programs and learn strategies for replicating their success in your school.

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  1. Take away proven, replicable strategies to use technology to enable high-quality professional development throughout the school year.
  2. Learn best practices on using technology to track IEP data, leading to lower due process costs, and higher parent satisfaction.
  3. Gather ideas on how to better incorporate technology into special education curriculum and improve student outcomes.


  • Patricia Wright, Rethink
  • Phyllis Wolfram, Springfield Missouri Public Schools
  • Christopher Rigdon, Katy Independent School District
  • Matthew Patterson, San Juan Unified School District


Hannah Leedle, Research Assoc, Whiteboard Advisors

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