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Frequently Asked Questions About HIAT Training

How many people do you need to commit to on-site training?

We'd like to know that the training will result in spreading new skills and knowledge to the school. Therefore, you should request training if you have a significant number of people interested in learning a topic. You might also have a smaller group of individuals who are committed to implementing a strategy within a department, grade-level, or the whole school.

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What is my responsibility?

We expect that you are requesting support to address a specific need of your school, team, or department. We will partner with you in order to identify the best approaches to meet that need. We can prepare and provide the training session. We will need you to:

  • schedule the time and space needed for the training
  • ensure that we have the computers and equipment needed to train
  • recruit the staff who should attend the training
  • communicate the overarching purpose of the training to the staff prior to the training

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What topics does HIAT present to staff?

The HIAT team provides expertise in the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), assistive technology, and technology that supports students, especially struggling students, within the general education curriculum. Some common topics requested are:

  • Using text to speech (Read&Write for Google) to support access to the curriculum
  • Technology tools to support writing (Read&Write for Google, word prediction, word processing, speech to text)
  • Applying UDL principles
  • Implementing Bookshare at your school
  • Obtaining accessible digital text to support the curriculum

We'll tailor the training to your school or department goals. Examples of goals are:

  • Improved access to the curriculum through UDL principles
  • Decreased dependence on human reader for struggling readers through text to speech
  • Improved performance and output for struggling writers at all grade levels
  • Selection of appropriate accommodations for instruction and assessment

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How do I request training at my school?

Complete this short Request for Support.

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