Special education

Rural America in Focus

March 2021

In rural America, the number of students requiring special education and related services—across every disability category—is rising. At the same time, inadequate state and local funding and a national shortage of related service providers is having a disproportionate effect on the nation’s most underserved students. This in-depth report presents the latest research from school districts in rural America, along with the challenges they face and a guide for how to open up opportunities for students with special needs.

PresenceLearning Hits Three Million Teletherapy Sessions Delivered

March 17, 2021

PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, reached the milestone of delivering more than three million teletherapy sessions to students nationwide. This comes as schools approach the one-year mark of dealing with learning during a global health crisis.

Special Education Success, Even During a Pandemic

March 2, 2021

When it comes to integrating technology into the day-to-day workings of special education, even during rolling lockdowns and remote instruction, there is no longer a question of either/or when it comes to using tech, says Tarrence (Tarry) McGovern, director of special education for Kershaw County School District, a school partner of PresenceLearning.

In this podcast with eSchool News, McGovern talks about some of the innovations in special education and how they can be applied to education in general.

Compensatory Services Strategies in Three Steps

March 1, 2021

The impact of school closures upon students may well be an issue for years to come. For students with special needs, learning loss and regression due to a lack of services during the pandemic necessitate “compensatory services.” Three strategies are key for schools as they provide these services in the months ahead.

CooleyED Virtual Event: COVID-19’s Impact on Edtech in K-12; Lessons for the Future

February 3, 2021

Listen in as Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of PresenceLearning, joins a panel of investors and entrepreneurs in discussing the impact they saw from virtual learning on edtech companies and investment in the space, as well as the long-term effects when students return to the classroom.

Upcoming Presentation Helps School Districts Address their Backlog of Psychoeducational Assessments due to Pandemic

February 9, 2021

For school districts trying to address their backlog of evaluations, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, is hosting, “Remote Evaluations: Learn How PresenceLearning Can Help You Get Caught Up,” on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET.

Looking to June: Top 5 Priorities for Superintendents

February 9, 2021

This article is the first in a series, developed in partnership with Dr. Avossa, to help schools address pressing issues for their students now—and plan for ongoing uncertainty (and maybe even some opportunities) in the upcoming school year. Avossa is a former superintendent and founder of K-12 Leadership Matters, LLC.

Advocating for Children

January 23, 2021

Recently we sat down with Kelly Wolfe, vice president of strategic partnerships and regulatory compliance at PresenceLearning. Earlier in her career Wolfe served as a 4th and 5th-grade teacher in Louisiana, and shared with us a story that still drives her work forward today: a 10-year-old-boy named Henry whose experience of trauma forever changed his life (and hers).

PresenceLearning Teletherapy Essentials Wins Two Leading Education Awards

December 22, 2020

PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, received two top education awards for Teletherapy Essentials, its teletherapy and tele-assessment training and teletherapy platform for school-based special education teams.

CEO Campfire Chat Podcast on The Link Between Leadership and Passion

November 24, 2020

Rob Rigastano hosts Kate Eberle Walker on the CEO Campfire Chat Podcast to discuss how, within  two short years, Kate has guided the company to 70% growth year-over-year and break-even on Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA). The secret to her success? It turns out, passion for her work has no small role to play.