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.

Keynote Speaker: Meg Medina
2023-2024 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Meg Medina is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist, and which was followed by two more acclaimed books about the Suárez family: MERCI SUÁREZ CAN’T DANCE and MERCI SUÁREZ PLAYS IT COOL. Her young adult novels include YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award, and which will be published in 2023 as a graphic novel illustrated by Mel Valentine Vargas; BURN BABY BURN, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND. She is also the author of picture books EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, Jumpstart’s 2020 Read for the Record selection; MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book; and TÍA ISA WANTS A CAR, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award; and the biography for young readers SHE PERSISTED: SONIA SOTOMAYOR. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Keynote speaker, Meg Medina


  • 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 November 7!
  • 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