Education Visionary Tom Vander Ark Discusses Blended Learning for Special Education in Webinar

PresenceLearning sponsors October 1st webinar to help administrators understand how to deploy blended learning in special education 

SAN FRANCISCO, September 5, 2013 – As blended learning continues to become more popular in ed-tech discussions, educators want to understand the practical considerations and implications for their schools and students. Blended learning offers special opportunities in special education, allowing new levels of individualization and engagement for students with special needs. PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is partnering with Getting Smart to present a free, one-hour webinar featuring Tom Vander Ark, a leading champion of blended learning: “Getting Smarter About SPED: 5 Blended Learning Decisions & Implications” is being held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12 PM ET (9 AM PT). To register for the webinar, visit

By attending the webinar, participants will learn:

  • The driving forces behind blended learning in special education
  • How to adopt a blended learning model using a step-by-step process to consider the needs of students in special education
  • Examples of blended learning models that made special education programs more efficient and effective

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are rethinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and other related services are delivered in the 21st century.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) and online assessments to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

PresenceLearning has delivered over 200,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational therapy as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices and powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools throughout the U.S., PresenceLearning has shown that online speech and language therapy is practical, affordable and highly effective. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online therapy.