Join one of the largest cross-divisional NYC DOE professional learning opportunities. This interactive virtual event offers sessions to leverage culturally responsive and sustaining practices to support social emotional and academic learning, literacy, digital accessibility and fluency, inclusion, and equity for historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities and multilingual learners.


Adam Gidwitz - 2024 Keynote Speaker

Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz is the bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY, and THE GRIMM CONCLUSION, as well as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI?, Newbery Honored novel, THE INQUISITOR’S TALE, THE UNICORN RESCUE SOCIETY series and the forthcoming MAX IN THE HOUSE OF SPIES. He is also the creator of the #1 podcast for kids, GRIMM, GRIMMER, GRIMMEST.

Like so many authors of books for young people, Adam Gidwitz has had talks cancelled, books challenged, and been dragged into a principal’s office like he was back in middle school himself. But these experiences have given him a chance to see how brave educators, especially school librarians, have done so much to protect children’s freedom to choose what to read. 


  • Speak virtually to staff at tech companies
  • Connect with peers on how they're supporting students and families
  • Connect with educators, librarians, tech SPOCs and more!


  • Support for students with IEPs
  • Accessible website platforms
  • Equitable access to school libraries
  • Earn CTLE credits for logging in and attending at the time of the event


  • Converse about accessibility and inclusion
  • Meet industry leaders
  • Discuss how to make school websites accessible


By attending this virtual professional development event, you will learn about:

  • Assistive technology and support
  • Accessible website platforms
  • Designing accessible digital content
  • Instructional resources for teaching information fluency and digital literacy
  • Transition planning
  • Plus, you'll also earn CTLE credits for logging in and attending on June 6!
  • And more!


There will be featured speakers, a wide array of workshops, panel discussions, vendor floor, and a raffle.


Young male teacher speaking through a headset

Join leading and inspiring educators from the NYC DOE as they discuss key topics affecting education right now

Young female teacher speaking through a headset

The event will include a thought-provoking virtual event agenda including our keynote

Virtual Exhibit hall
Sponsor booth example from our previous Beyond Access Forum
Speakers from the previous Beyond Access Forum
Lisa Nielson speaking
Agenda snapshot