Michigan Region IV Assistive Technology Team
The Region IV Assistive Technology (AT) Consortium is one of five Assistive Technology Consortiums throughout the state of Michigan. We include representatives from eight Intermediate School Districts (ISD’s) in Southeast Michigan. The consortium promotes and facilities the capacity to deliver quality AT services through regional and inter-regional collaboration and training by:
- Communicating with both state and national agencies that serve Region IV students in order to exchange ideas, information, and resources.
- Reviewing software and technologies appropriate for students with disabilities and facilitating group purchases to reduce costs.
- Provide professional development opportunities to staff and parents throughout the region.
Alexis Reid of Reid Connect, LLC is an Educational Therapist and Learning Consultant who focuses on helping to improve executive function skills at the intersection of learning and mental health. Alexis supports the development of cognitive skills and equitable learning opportunities while nurturing and guiding learners and educators to better understand their learning within the context of their social, emotional, and developmental needs. She coordinates and delivers educational programming for learners, their parents, and educators or administrations. As a CAST UDL National Faculty, Alexis has supported schools in different capacities both virtually and in-person, nationally and internationally. She is particularly passionate about nurturing expert learning through the integration of evidence-based and informed practices related to Universal Design for Learning, learner variability, mindfulness, mindset, executive function, and positive youth development.
D-Tour Professional Learning
Internationally recognized educational experts Bryan Dean and Joni Degner are DTour Professional Learning. DTour bypasses all of the gimmicky, fleeting educational initiatives and focuses on research-based professional learning and learner-centered design. The DTour experience is all about meaningful, practitioner-minded, high engagement professional learning that brings together learner experience design, Universal Design for Learning, design thinking, learner agency and efficacy, agile space design, and instructional leadership. If you’re ready to really move the needle on student success and create expert learners…if you want to transform yourself from a lesson planner to an instructional designer…if you’re an administrator who is ready to become a pivotal instructional leader able to navigate the diffusion of innovation and complex change through data-driven decision-making…then you’re ready to take the DTour.
Joni Degner is an internationally recognized professional learning designer, UDL expert, full-time Texthelper, and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Joni brings with her 16 years of experience in public education as both a practitioner and instructional coach. She works in districts across the country and is driven by her relentless commitment to honoring learner variability and diversity and helping teachers see themselves as designers. Joni designs professional learning and resources in Universal Design for Learning, Cultural Responsiveness, Implicit Bias, and Developmental Relationships for teachers, instructional leaders and community members. She is committed to transforming schools into institutions of opportunity by focusing on teachers as designers, a strong knowledge of UDL and learner-centered design, as well as short-term and longitudinal implementation strategies that boost teacher efficacy and student engagement. As a full-time Texthelper, Joni supports schools in Indiana and Michigan. She is a committed partner to CAST and the UDL-IRN. She has delivered several impactful keynotes for the CAST Annual UDL Symposium and the UDL-IRN International Summit. She’s a writer, reader, a glass-banging hockey mom, and devotee to all things design.
Bryan Dean is an Instructional Designer and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning and full-time Innovation Specialist for CAST. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 16 years. Bryan has experience designing professional learning around learner experience design, specially-designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, new teacher induction, Design Thinking, deep learning, and strategies for students in emotional dysregulation. In addition to the designing of professional learning, he has designed virtual learning environments, worked on longitudinal system implementation and design, designed organizational culture and climate change models, and developed a unique UDL coaching system based on appreciative and ontological coaching matrices.