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Teachers face many challenges in the classroom every day.  For special education teachers, these challenges can be compounded by significant student behavior issues, the need to differentiate instruction across a large caseload of students, and the pressure to advocate for student placement in inclusive settings.  Recent data shows that iPads can be powerful instructional tools in the hands of SPED students.  During this webinar, we will explore how the iPad can be an equally powerful resource in helping special education teachers overcome some of these challenges.

Join the Director of Integrated Special Education at Rocketship Education, Genevieve Thomas and eSpark’s Student Learning Innovation Specialist, Mary Gurley as they share the benefits of using iPads with special education students and methods for fostering iPad success in the classroom.

During this interactive webinar, you will learn: 

  • How to use the iPad as an instructional, behavior management, and progress monitoring resource

  • How the iPad can be a comprehensive tool to support academic and social emotional growth and to promote inclusion

  • How eSpark can help teachers overcome roadblocks to achieve successful iPad usage in the classroom


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Meet the Presenters

Genevieve Thomas

Director of Integrated Special Education, Rocketship Education

Genevieve Thomas joined Rocketship in June 2012 after managing the Oakland Teaching Fellows Program, as well as the Oakland Practitioner Teacher Program, an alt-route credentialing program for new special education teachers.  Prior to that, she was a Nationally Certified School Psychologist for Aspire Public Schools in Oakland, and Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles.  She started her career as a high school Special Day Class teacher, and taught in Los Angeles for three years before transitioning to school psychology.  She has Master's degrees in Special Education and School Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington.  


Mary Gurley

Student Learning Innovation Specialist, eSpark Learning

Mary believes innovative teaching and personalized learning are the driving forces behind student success. As a former special education teacher for students with low-incidence disabilities, Rti Coordinator and iPad Initiative Grant recipient with Chicago Public Schools, Mary utilized iPads to engage students, increase independence and promote inclusive classrooms. Mary holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from The College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Education in the area of Special Education from Loyola University and an Educational Specialist Degree from National Louis University.