InspirED Virtual Learning Series

The 2020-2021 school year has proven to be different in many ways—from teaching and learning remotely to learning how to connect and engage in new ways and ensuring ALL students have access to the information and resources they need during this unique time.

In September 2020, OCALI, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, launched the InspirED Virtual Learning Series to support educators, education professionals, families, caregivers, and others during this pandemic and in new, remote learning environments.

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Register Now for Our Latest Session

This ongoing Zoomcast series is hosted jointly by OCALI Center leads and ODE partners.

Building Strong Family-School Partnerships

December 16, 2021 | 4:00pm

Families are an important asset in the equation of ensuring people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Explore strategies for building partnerships between families and school staff members, including how to nurture these partnerships and navigate the barriers that have been posed by the pandemic.

Presented by: Gwendolyn Harshaw, Program Director of Family and Community Outreach Center at OCALI; Barbara Boone, Program Director, Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University


More sessions coming soon!

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How it Works

The learning series consists of “Zoomcast” sessions or recorded, facilitated conversations that are approximately 30 minutes each. All content is focused on increasing successful engagement of diverse learners in a remote/virtual instructional environment, linking the users with appropriate resources and tools.

Learners have the ability to earn a professional development certificate by completing a survey at the end of each learning session.

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Who It's For

Our vision for this virtual learning series is to fill a need and help educators, administrators, and families find the information and resources they need to support learning and successful outcomes for their students or children during a very unique time of learning.

Educators who support students with disabilities in their continued/newer role as remote learning instructors.
Administrators and other school leaders as they guide and support educators.
Families in their new role as at-home instructors.
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Recent Sessions

If you missed a recent session or want to go back and re-watch, check out the most recent InspirED sessions below.

Want to Search by Audience or Topic?

To easily find specific sessions or content, all videos have been organized by audience and by topic. In the Gallery for Families and the Gallery for Professionals, learners can access all previously aired sessions, which include interactive transcripts, audio description, and session materials. These galleries are also a great resource to share with colleagues, families, and others who may benefit from the information.

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Want More?

If you have participated in one of our InspirED Zoomcasts, we know that you are interested in expanding your knowledge and capacity through online learning. So, we want to be sure that you know about OCALICONLINE, the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference.

While we usually bring thousands of people together in Columbus, Ohio each year, this year, we’re doing it all virtually! Registration is open now! We invite you to join us November 16-19! Head over to to learn more!

Below we've included some resources from the Special Education Leaders Fellowship that address remote learning and are available to help school leaders on the return to school.

  • Learning modules on MTSS and making PD engaging at a distance;
  • Re-entry toolkits on engaging related service providers, student-centered staffing, IEP progress monitoring, and collaborative planning; and
  • Distance learning webinars to help educators use distance learning tools effectively and efficiently.
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Made possible through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and OCALI

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