Episode 67: Rethinking Education: 3 Ways the CARES Act Can Support K-12, Part 2: Addressing Accessibility While Social Distancing

June 3, 2020

Host: Penny Conway

Guest: Pam Aulakh, Vertical Alliance Manager for K12 at Connection Public Sector Solutions 


This is a unique opportunity to sponsor thought leadership on the future challenges in K-12 and how Connection, with our partners, can support customers with solutions. Pam Aulakh joins the podcast with an extensive background in K-12 Education & Technology. Prior to joining Connection, she held many roles in Brevard Public Schools as a Teacher, Technology Integrator, and Manager of EdTech Training.


In this second episode, Penny Conway, your host, is continuing the conversation with Pam Aulakh to address accessibility while social distancing. Asking the questions of how we can address accessibility and equality challenges in a distance learning environment.


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Key takeaways:

[1:29] Pam Aulakh introduces herself and shares her background.

[4:00] How have the schools adapted to the students that need special attention?

[4:30] Pam Aulakh talks about the struggles and challenges of providing one on one assistance to students while keeping social distancing. 

[6:50] Pam Aulakh talks about the tools that schools should take advantage of to assure education is accessible to every student.

[9:53] The matter of delivering training for the teachers, parents, and students to be able to understand and use the technological tools that assist distance learning.

[10:30] The future of students with special needs.

[12:10] Pam Aulakh suggests how schools should manage the funding from the CARES Act to provide equity for every student to meet their learning needs.

[14:07] How to evaluate which device is most appropriate for each student.

[15:49] The motivation behind the CARES Act funding is for schools to develop a fully functional remote plan.

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