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February 16, 2018

Spots Are Filling Up For The March 19 TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program

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Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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Don’t Miss Out! TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program Begins March 19

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has clarified the actions academic institutions should be taking to ensure that all students have full access to learning.

TxDLA offers a 31-hour Accessibility Certification Program a few times a year which positions participants on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the legal issues, compliance findings, and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible. The next program is scheduled to begin March 19, with completion date of April 22, 2018.

Two Options are Available this Spring:
1. Online Only, $600
2. TxDLA Conference Registration Bundle, $975

Certification Program Includes:

  • 31 hours of online classwork, plus a 4-hour pre-conference workshop required (virtually for online participants, in-person for conference bundle participants)
  • Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA specialists in accessibility.
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review.
  • Participants assigned to a small group for one interactive assignment during the first 10 days. Discussions must be revisited for replies and interaction throughout the duration of the course. The remainder of the course is self-paced.

Topics Include:

  • Definition of disabilities
  • The current compliance issues identified by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and US Department of Justice; WCAG 2 level standards; compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Understanding of common issues and current legal developments in the Disability Rights Movement
  • NEW! Exploring administrative issues to establish policy, procure resources, respond to OCR complaint and resolution letters,  and establish corrective action plans
  • Hands-on experience with online tools, software, and assistive technology to understand the definition and application of reasonable accommodations
  • Application of Universal Design for Learning and inclusive environments
  • Creation of a Capstone project demonstrating knowledge of laws, current issues in online accessibility, practical knowledge of accommodations and assistive technology

Each Spring Certification section will be limited to the first 20 participants. 

“More and more academic institutions are realizing the need to address accessibility,” states Raymond Rose, TxDLA’s Public Policy Committee Chair and President of Rose & Smith Associates. Rose, an advocate for accessibility for blended and online learning, author and frequent presenter on the issue is one of several committee members and expert presenters for the Certification Program.

“As enforcement and lawsuits increase, institutions have become aware of the need to improve accessibility in online education,” Rose emphasizes. 

Disclaimer: Electronic Accessibility is an ever-changing craft, combining both art and science. The TxDLA Accessibility Certification indicates successful completion of a rigorous 5-week online accessibility training program as of the certification date. However, TxDLA does not guarantee the quality of any products produced by the certified individual, and cannot be responsible for any issues that may arise as a result of information that is received from this certification training.

Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!

Online Only Option: $600 Course Fee

Register for $600 Online Only Accessibility Certification
TxDLA Conference & Certification Bundled Package: $975 Course Fee
This packages includes all of the above, PLUS a full TxDLA Conference Registration (in-person), in-person registration for the Pre-conference Workshop on March 20 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Participants must attend at least 3 accessibility breakout sessions during the conference.

See the TxDLA Conference Website for more details about all that is offered at the Conference for those selecting the $975 Conference Registration Bundle Option. Over 60 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibits, meals and networking activities are included. Travel/hotel is NOT included.

Register for $975 Accessibility Certification Bundle
For those who cannot commit the time or funds for the full Accessibility Certification, please consider attending our 2018 Annual Conference, March 20-23 in Dallas. Full and one day registration packages, as well as a preconference workshop on accessibility (separate fee) are available. There will be several sessions on accessibility throughout the conference.



March 20-23, 2018
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[AECT] 2018 Kansas City: Call for Proposals Deadline 2/19/2018

Note this up-coming deadline.

  2018 Kansas City: Call for Proposals Deadline 2/19/2018
2018 AECT International Convention
Kansas City, MO
October 23 – 27, 2018

– Advance Your Career

– Help Influence Change

– Share Your Expertise

Is your work contributing to “Learning for All,” the theme for this year’s AECT Convention in Kansas City? Take this opportunity to share it with your peers. For nearly a century, many of our members have been influencing change in so many contexts. AECT members have been key leaders in thinking about learning technology. Our world is well into the Information Age, so now is the time to come together in Kansas City to explore fresh ideas and to celebrate the impact of our work.

You are invited to present at the 2018 AECT International Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Come share your expertise and knowledge with your peers from around the globe. The international convention brings together participants who can share knowledge regarding practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of the newest technologies and teaching/learning techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers in beautiful Kansas City.

No other association gives you such extensive access to information from experts in the field to advance your professional career. AECT membership ensures that you will have all of the tools you need to excel in your field, to grow in your career, and to stay connected to a professional network of educators around the globe. We help you publish, present, and grow professionally.

Monty Jones Has A New Project

From one of my open scholarship networks.

This week’s research from your network
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Online Schooling in the United States: A Response to Saultz and Fusarelli

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Monty Jones · a researcher you follow
has a new project
Development of the Maker Mindsets Instrument

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Wayne Journell · a researcher you follow
published an article
Preparing Teachers for English Learners: Integrating Academic Language and Community Service…

Feb 2018 · The Social Studies
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NEPC’s February Education Interview of the Month Podcast Explores Education Savings Accounts

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NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.
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NEPC’s February Education Interview of the Month Podcast Explores Education Savings Accounts

Key Takeaway: NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.


William J. Mathis(802)
Greg Smith(503)
Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos(602)

BOULDER, CO (February 14, 2018) – In February’s NEPC Education Interview of the MonthGreg Smith discusses Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) and school privatization with Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos of Arizona State University.

Along with Bill Mathis and Kevin Welner, Jimenez-Castellanos recently authored The State of Education Savings Account Programs in the United States, a policy brief assessing the education savings account strategy being used in a growing number of states to make it possible to use public funds to help pay for private education.

Smith and Jimenez-Castellanos discuss the key findings of the brief, including the lack of empirical evidence that ESAs are effective. Only one peer-reviewed study has been published, and it was theoretical in nature. ESA “research” has been dominated by organizations with a specific pro-ESA bias or perspective.

Overall, voucher research has found that academic performance by students in voucher programs does not increase. Both in ESAs and traditional vouchers, Jimenez-Castellanos contends, there are few accountability mechanisms. As a result, there is little data collected, and thus it is very difficult to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Along with a dearth of research, Jimenez-Castellanos’ concerns include “the impact ESAs will have on public education, the fact that there is no cap on ESA expansion, and ultimately, that public school students could be shortchanged in terms of funding, quality of programs, and services they receive.”

A new NEPC Education Interview of the Month, hosted by Gregory A. Smith, Lewis and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education, will be released each month from September through May.

Don’t worry if you miss a month. All NEPC Education Interview of the Month podcasts are archived on the NEPC website and can be found here.

Coming Next Month

In March, Greg’s guest will be NEPC Fellow Warren Simmons, who will discuss factors that support or inhibit school and community transformation.

Stay tuned to NEPC for smart, engaging conversations about education policy.

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

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15 February 2018: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ February 15, 2018
K12 Inc (LRN) Moves Higher on Volume Spike for February 14

K12 Inc (LRN) traded on unusually high volume on Feb. 14, as the stock gained 0.51% to close at $15.83. On the day, K12 Inc saw 1.22 million shares trade hands on 2,308 trades. Considering that the stock averages only a daily volume of 161,202 shares a day over the last month, this represents a …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 15, 2018
K12 Inc (LRN) A Look at Technical Overview

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) shares traded 0.51% up during most recent session to reach at the closing price of $15.83. The stock exchanged hands 1.23 Million shares versus average trading capacity of 165.55 Million shares, yielding a market cap of $651.72 Million. Wall Street analysts covering the stock are …
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Hair-Raising Facts to Know – K12 Inc (NYSE: LRN)

U.S. stock gauges rallied Wednesday, booking a fourth successive gain after shareholders shook off initial anxieties prompted by a key consumer-inflation reading that showed the strongest monthly rise in five months. Wall Street had fretted that the Federal Reserve would feel compelled to act …
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M/I Homes (MHO) Market Valuation Rose While Delphi Management Lifted Its Holding; K 12 (LRN …

Martingale Asset Management LP increased its stake in K 12 Inc (LRN) by 17.81% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Martingale Asset Management LP bought 32,708 shares as the company’s stock rose 6.74% with the market. The institutional investor held 216,352 shares of the …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 15, 2018
Is K12 Incorporated (NYSE:LRN) a Buy? The Stock Reported Less Sellers

Moreover, Gru has 0% invested in K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN). 434,960 are held by Principal Group. Citigroup stated it has 0% of its portfolio in K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN). Ubs Asset Mgmt Americas reported 13,299 shares. Wellington Mgmt Gp Llp holds 0% or 27,237 shares. Great West Life Assurance Com Can …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 15, 2018
Will K12 Incorporated (NYSE:LRN) Run Out of Steam Soon? Short Interest Is Down

Florida-based State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement Sys has invested 0% in K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN). 168,756 were accumulated by Nationwide Fund Advsr. Geode Mgmt Limited Liability owns 0% invested in K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) for 525,183 shares. 282 were reported by Glenmede Na.
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