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CITES: Framing the Future of Learning with Technology

CITES logo: Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems

Project Name
Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES)

Project Website
cites.cast.org

Project Description

The goal of CITES is to empower school districts to create and sustain inclusive technology systems that serve all students, including students with disabilities who require assistive technology or accessible educational materials.  

To do this work, the CITES team is creating and disseminating a framework of evidence-based practices to enhance the use of technology to support all students’ success using technology. The Center provides technical assistance to districts, educators, and families to ensure that students with disabilities are able to use the technology tools they need to foster learning and life success.

CITES in collaboration with partner districts is working to achieve three central goals: 

  • Build the capacity of district teams to use an evidence-based framework to develop, implement, and refine comprehensive, equitable technology ecosystems that include assistive technology (AT), educational or instructional technology (EdTech) and information technology (InfoTech); 
  • Increase the knowledge of educators in how to apply inclusive pedagogy, principles of UDL, and evidence-based practices to maximize integrated use of technology throughout teaching and learning; and 
  • Support more effective and inclusive implementation of AT, EdTech and InfoTech for the benefit of all students, including students with disabilities and their families. 

The CITES team offers learning and networking opportunities as part of the framework development and refinement, including an engaged community of practice for any district or professional looking to create a more inclusive technology ecosystem in their school or district.

The CITES Framework is changing the future of technology and education. The future is inclusive.

Timeline

2018 – 2023

Funder

Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Partners

Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Center for Parent Information & Resources
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Project Leadership

Bob Dolan, Ph.D., PI
Christine Fox, Project Director

Contact

For more information about this project, please email cites@cast.org.

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