Dr. Penny Reed, past director of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative, kicked off SET-BC’s Annual General Meeting this year with an inspirational session on effective assistive technology training. Consultants met for two days at Loon Lake UBC Lodge to work with Dr. Reed and to discuss important service delivery issues and plan for the upcoming school year.
Dr. Reed’s session focused on the four main learning styles and how they specifically impact how people learn about technology. She offered very valuable tips and strategies for ensuring that our consultants are meeting the training needs of all members of the school based teams. In addition, Dr. Reed discussed strategies for working with teams to ensure the best possible assistive technology implementation with all students. All consultants were delighted with the excellent information presented and are anxious to begin applying her strategies right away.
During the first day of the AGM consultants also had the chance to discuss important service delivery issues including how best to support teams during the Collaborative Action Plan (CAP) process and how to ensure student transitions are as successful as possible. In the evening, individual consultants presented poster sessions on a number of topics allowing everyone to informally share their successful regional implementation activities.
On day two of the meeting, the focus shifted to provincially based initiatives with plans and goals for many areas of the SET-BC program presented and discussed. Consultants met over lunch and in the afternoon in their “Interest Groups” to create their yearly plan for technology evaluations, resource development and provincially-based workshops.
As usual, the AGM was a fast-paced and information-packed event for everyone and offered an important time for our consultants to share and connect with their colleagues from all over the province. Judging from the discussions held and plans made, it is going to be another busy year for everyone at SET-BC!