Requirements of Selected LEAs:
Up to 8 Public K-12 Indiana Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) will be selected during this 2018-2019 school year to participate.
Each of the 8 LEA's that are selected will be required to assemble an AEMing for Achievement Coordinating Committee (AEMCC). PATINS will designate staff to work collaboratively with the AEMCC. All committee members should be strongly committed to devising a detailed plan and to fulfilling the goals of that plan.
Committee members should consist of an administrator (required), special education staff, general education staff, digital rights manager, technology staff, and related service personnel, but may include other advisors such as students and parents if desired and beneficial. We require a minimum of 4, but we strongly recommend 5-7 committee members as a dedicated core group to begin. Based on the success rate of past years' teams, PATINS strongly recommends that teams consist of:
- LEA Administrator (Required)
- Special Educator Director
- Special Education Teacher
- General Education Teacher
- IT Staff (strongly recommended)
- Teacher of the Blind and Low Vision
- Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Curriculum Staff
- Related Services Staff
- Convene and sustain a District AEM Coordinating Committee.
- Attend 3 required meetings. At least 2 team members required at each event; however, all team members are highly encouraged: Introductory training on August 28, 2018 in Indianapolis, a Mid-Year Online Gathering January 17, 2019, & an In-Person Collaboration Day on May 16, 2019 in Indianapolis.
- Develop an Action Plan based on a needs assessment and implement the activities in the Plan.
- Collect and analyze formative and summative data on systemic effectiveness and change and document an informal Case Study on at least one student.
- Participate in regularly scheduled teleconferences and meetings.
- Provide data on the impact of AEM Grant on the development of the LEA system and provide at least 1 Universally Designed Lesson Plan utilizing the PATINS UDL Lesson Creator.
Formal Grant Purpose & Additional Details:This intensive technical assistance and guidance will help your district more accurately identify students who need reading accommodations and more specifically, accommodations from which they receive the most benefit. This is grounded largely within the national movement toward "Accessible Educational Materials" (AEM) and increased federal focus on student achievement and outcome data. More on the 7 AIM Indicators.
PATINS provides this guidance, technical assistance and access to uPAR, Co:Writer, and Snap&Read at no cost to your district until, at least, June 30, 2019. You'll have access to uPAR, Co:Writer, and Snap&Read for at least a full calendar year from the date of issue.
The formal purpose of this grant opportunity is to assist Indiana Public K12 LEAs in providing Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), which are specialized formats of print-based instructional materials, to students with print disabilities AND identifying students who require reading accommodations and which reading accommodations that are best for them individually. This is all provided through the working lens of a Universal Design for Learning framework. Working closely with LEA representatives, PATINS/ICAM will offer guidance on developing, improving and sustaining an effective and efficient system for providing AEM and Assistive Technology (AT) as needed, in a timely manner and in compliance with the IDEA reauthorization of 2004, ESSA, and the Dec. 2015 OSEP Dear Colleague Letter.
Intensive and focused assistance from the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) will be LEA-focused and will proceed in accordance with an individualized Action Plan collaboratively developed and agreed upon by the LEA’s AEM Coordinating Committee and the PATINS designated staff. Assistance will be provided to the LEA personnel involved in the provision of Accessible Educational Materials for students with qualifying print disabilities.
All Public K-12 Indiana Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are welcome to apply and the selection of LEAs will be based on the information included in the application. Please note that applications SHOULD be submitted by a single public school district, not a special education cooperative or other organization. However, special education cooperatives are certainly encouraged to be a part of a district LEA team!