Jackie Holds Special Education Virtual Town Hall with Guests from LAUSD and UTLA

Last night, Jackie held a Special Education Virtual Town Hall with representatives from LAUSD’s Divisions of Special Education and Instruction and from United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

The event was an opportunity to answer the questions of students, teachers, counselors, parents and family members about how best to provide special education students with great learning opportunities even when schools are closed due to coronavirus. Topics included virtual IEPs, online instruction, and remote access to specialized resources.

Jackie and our entire BD5 team would like to thank the over 500 viewers that joined us live and the thousands more that tuned in on Facebook! We were so happy to be able to connect with all of you–even in these times of social distancing!

After our panel of experts made their presentations, we took questions from the audience for a little over an hour. We received more questions than we could answer during the meeting, so we’ll be following up with another FAQ blog post here next week.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our guest panelists: Tony Aguilar and Maribel Luna of the District’s Special Education Division, Alison Yoshimoto-Towery of the Division of Instruction, and Gloria Martinez, UTLA Elementary Vice President and special education teacher. They did an amazing job updating our school community.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us, you can view a full recording of the event here:

Our next virtual town hall will take place on May 14th, and we’ll be focusing specifically on mental health issues during this difficult time. Details for that will be coming next week.

Until then, stay safe, healthy, and wash your hands!