Make & Take: An IT and AT Professional Learning Collaboration

Live Broadcast Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT19-WEB08-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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In the Boston Public Schools, central office departments are working together to provide proactive and personalized professional learning that prepares our teachers to meet the needs of our diverse learners. One example is our Make&Take Series, a project-based approach facilitated by teachers and professionals from the instructional and assistive technology departments. In this webinar, we will discuss how we established a cross-disciplinary professional learning community and ways for you to create your own. We will also share a sample project for you to bring back to your district.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify one or more strategies to work with colleagues to co-design personalized professional learning opportunities.
  2. Participants will be able to identify one or more resources within their school community that would benefit from a more proactive approach to professional learning.
  3. Participants will be identify one or more resource to bring back to their community.


Rhianon Gutierrez

Digital Learning Specialist
Boston Public Schools
Rhianon E. Gutierrez is a learning designer and consultant. Her varied background includes instructional design, media production, and disability advocacy. As a Digital Learning Specialist in the Boston Public Schools, she builds district-wide partnerships around inclusive uses of technology and leads and supports blended professional learning for teachers and school and district leaders. She has taught media arts and technology to elementary through adult learners. Rhianon’s lived experiences with disability have informed her work as a national advocate, speaker, and consultant. She has worked across museums, theatres, and cinema to develop accessible media and advocate for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in cultural programming. Rhianon has presented nationally at ISTE, ATIA, South by Southwest, and more. She currently serves on the board of ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network. Rhianon is a graduate of Chapman University (BFA), University of Michigan (MA), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (AT certificate).
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Board member for ISTE Inclusive Learning Network.

Mary Marcella

AT Coordinator & Speech-Language Pathologist
Boston Public Schools
Mary Shannon Marcella is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Boston Public Schools in Massachusetts. Her background is in Speech-Language Pathology and she is currently pursuing a degree in Special Education Leadership. She is responsible for AAC evaluations and consultations as well as coordinating all of the AT cases in the district. She is a 2010 graduate from Northeastern University and has always had a special interest in the area of AAC. She has presented multiple times at ATIA and ISAAC.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No



Target Audience

Accessibility Professionals, AT Professionals, Educators, Individuals with Disabilities, OTs, PTs, SLPs

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Professional Area

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1

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