STAR (Students with Technology Achieving Results) teachers work with students with learning disabilities (LDs) one to one. Based on student learning profiles and through technological assessment, STAR teachers meet with students to help them gain a greater understanding of their strengths and needs as learners and how technology will help them increase efficiency and independence. STAR teachers also assist in identifying barriers to technology usage and help students to develop self-advocacy. STAR teachers provide whole class instruction to demonstrate specific assistive technology skills for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and for encouraging the normalization of technology usage in classrooms.
STAR teachers work with Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs), educators, and educational assistants to build their capacity with assistive technology and to deepen their understanding of students with learning disabilities. STAR teachers seek out new technological tools to evaluate their effectiveness for use in the classroom.
STAR teachers are available to answer parent(s)/guardian(s)’ questions and to understand better how the technology supports their child’s achievement and learning. STAR teachers are available to do parent training and information sessions, upon request.
STAR Teachers collaborate with additional Learning Services and Program Department staff in order to ensure that technology supports for students are enhancing students’ learning strengths and to ensure that best technology practices are being used across the board.