[Cato] Fw: Thanks for submitting your proposal to Accessing Higher Ground, Jess!

Jess Thompson jess.thompson at sbctc.edu
Fri Apr 20 13:55:06 PDT 2018

Happy Friday!

I submitted a proposal for Accessing Higher Ground.  I assume I can add speakers later on if anyone wants/is able to join (fingers crossed). I'm also forwarding this along in case anyone wants to submit it for another conference/presentation. I don't necessarily need to be the presenter, but can share the presentation with the group if you want to do a presentation on your own. I think it will be a nice presentation to highlight CATO's work and role in our system. :)


Jess Thompson
Program Administrator, Accessible Technology Initiatives
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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From: hkramer=ahead.org at sendmail.accessinghigherground.org <hkramer=ahead.org at sendmail.accessinghigherground.org> on behalf of Accessing Higher Ground <hkramer at ahead.org>
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 1:52 PM
To: Jess Thompson
Subject: Thanks for submitting your proposal to Accessing Higher Ground, Jess!

Thank you for submitting your new talk, Access360: Developing a Shared Framework to Support Institutional and System Level Change, to Accessing Higher Ground!

Now that your talk has been submitted, it's no longer available for editing. However, you can review the talk details by logging in and viewing http://accessinghigherground.org/speaker-submissions/?proposal=17621.

If you have any questions, email Howard Kramer at hkramer at atsol.us.

Proposal Submitted
Proposal ID #17621
Session Details

  *   Length of Session: 1-hr
  *   Presentation Type: Lecture


Colleges participating in Washington State's Access360 use the GOALS Benchmark and Planning tool from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education to develop a shared understanding of what institutional accessibility looks like and to guide system colleges as they work to develop and implement accessibility policy and procedures.


In Washington State, recent local accessible technology policies have increased awareness and sparked a movement to improve practices around accessible technology. To guide the work, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges developed Access360, a yearlong mentorship opportunity for cross-functional campus teams as they develop and implement accessibility policies. To provide a shared vocabulary and framework, participating schools use the National Center on Disability and Access to Education’s GOALS Benchmark and Planning tool.

Participation in Access 360 helps campuses: 1) create (or strengthen) cross-functional teams to work collaboratively to ensure successful implementation of accessibility policies and practices on their campus; 2) find time, space, and generative structures so campus teams can identify achievable goals and a realistic plan; and 3) provide scheduled support and accountability as teams move through its plan to fully realize their campus goals.

  *   Expertise Level: All Levels
  *   Type of session: General Conference

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Uncategorized


  1.  Access360 framework allows peer institutions to share with and learn from each other.
  2.  The GOALS Benchmark and Planning tool provides standard measurement tool to track progress across the system.
  3.  The GOALS tools helps the State Board uncovers patterns in progress and barriers at the system level.

Equipment Needs

  *   Jess Thompson, Program Administrator, WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Jess Thompson is a Program Administrator in eLearning & Open Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. Her work focuses on accessibility in online learning and supporting the 34 community and technical colleges in developing policies and practices that support accessibility both in instruction and campus-wide. Jess has been active in exploring and implementing systemwide accessibility solutions, one of which includes a systemwide captioning hub. Jess came to the State Board from one of the state's community colleges where she taught Sociology and Criminology, in addition to serving as faculty lead for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

For full speaker information, please view your proposal<http://accessinghigherground.org/speaker-submissions/?proposal=17621>.
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