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CITES Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, CITES has released a webinar series focusing on the 4 Cs — Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, and Continuity — to guide district and school leaders in creating and sustaining their remote learning plans. The series emphasizes the goal of creating technology ecosystems that foster inclusion and balance between assistive technology (AT), educational technology (EdTech), and informational technology (InfoTech).

We’re All in This Together: Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis sets the foundation for understanding that crafting a high-quality action plan means planning to meet the needs of all student populations, including students with disabilities. The series continues with panel discussions from practitioners “in-the-trenches” offering insights and practical advice and solutions for effective communication, collaboration, coordination, and continuity.

Learn about the 4 Cs from CITES


Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis

Find out about the who, what and how of the 4 Cs —Coordination, Collaboration, Communication and Continuity — that help us work together to support students and their families during the COVID-19 crisis.

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Communication & Collaboration In-the-Trenches

Communication & Collaboration are essential for ensuring that all learners and their families have the opportunity to participate and benefit from learning opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. Hear from district leaders in Virginia, Oregon, and Texas.

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Coordination In-the-Trenches

Coordination of services helps support all learners during the COVID-19 crisis. Find out what services may be available through school and community organizations with guest panelists from Idaho and Maryland.

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Continuity In-the-Trenches

Continuity of technologies and strategies that continue into the post-pandemic era are in everyone's plans these days. Explore examples of these technologies and strategies with panelists from Indiana and Minnesota.

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

To extend the usefulness of this webinar series, CITES Project Director, Cynthia Curry, co-authored Reflecting Towards Success with the US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. The article offers reflective questions that district teams can use to organize and develop clear plans of action in the face of remote learning challenges.

Collage of the different district buildings from the CITES districts

Success Starts with Collaboration

Whether it’s general and special education, families and teachers, or assistive technology and educational technology specialists, Collaboration as part of the CITES Four Cs proved to be the key to success during emergency remote learning. Read about the district collaborations that helped students with disabilities experience success despite school building closures.

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Support for Districts

We continue to support districts with resources and strategies that can be applied during emergency remote learning and highlight practices that build a foundation no matter what resuming school means for you.

Learn more from the CITES team in the recorded webinar, Using Remote Learning to Turn Emergency into Opportunity.

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