Ensuring equity and access for all students with WCAG-compliant Newsela

On September 2, 2021, Illinois signed a first-of-its-kind bill (HB 26 or “the WCAG bill”) requiring all online education tools used in Illinois classrooms to comply with World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This new legislation is critical step toward increasing equity and accessibility for all students, staff, and parents – especially for those who are often left behind due to physical or cognitive disabilities.

With the need to upgrade school websites and other digital communications on the horizon, districts need to start making plans for how they’ll achieve compliance with Illinois’ new legislative guidance. This webinar will focus on best practices for reaching that goal and maintaining compliance in the future, including through a handy checklist that can be used to assess a variety of digital learning tools. Over the course of this 1-hour session, we’ll also take a peak at a few resources from Newsela that can foster student literacy and help districts establish versatile accessibility and equity standards in the near term.

Illinois educators who attend live can earn 1.0 PD credit.