Florence 1 School District to participate in CITES program
Florence 1 Schools has been chosen as one of seven school districts nationwide to participate as a Framework Development District in the newly created Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems, or CITES. CITES is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.
Together, CITES and its partner districts will investigate what works when creating and sustaining balanced, inclusive technology ecosystems. The project addresses a pressing, nationwide need to improve the effective use of assistive and educational technology for all students, including students with disabilities.
The Center is led by CAST, an award-winning nonprofit that pioneered the Universal Design for Learning framework, in partnership with the Washington, DC-based American Institutes for Research.
Rachell Johnson and Kami Smith, two F1S Assistive Technology Team Leads, were instrumental in bringing this opportunity to the district. The two team leads commented, “We are excited to be partnering with CITES and look forward to F1S contributing to this important work.”
The F1S CITES team members who are embarking on this national level project include district administrators, parents and educators in a wide variety of specialty areas. The project is currently in Phase 1 of a three-year project. Phase 2 will begin at the start of the next school year.
For more information on CITES, visit www.cites.cast. org.