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M. Gayl Bowser

M. Gayl Bowser (OR '93)


At the time of the Award, M. Gayl Bowser was:

Douglas Education Service District
Roseburg, OR

Subject(s) taught: Special Education

Biographical Information

Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. In the public school setting she has been a general education teacher, a special education teacher and a school administrator. Currently, Ms Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training coaching and mentoring throughout the United States and internationally. She has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services and is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium. She teaches online classes and webinars. You can learn more about Gayl at . Gayl Bowser has been the recipient of Oregon CEC's Teacher of the Year Award and the Service Award of the National Technology and Medial Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC TAM). In 1993, Ms Bowser was named one of Oregon's Distinguished Educators by the Milken Family Foundation. Ms Bowser has co-authored numerous publications. The most recent is entitled The Assistive Technology Trainer’s Handbook with Penny Reed and Marsye Kaplan. The AT Trainers Handbook is a publication of the National Assistive Technology in Education (NATE) Network. Other publications include the Education Tech Point series which was co-authored by Penny Reed and How do you know it? How can you show it, with Penny Reed and Jane Korsten, and The School Administrator’s Desktop Guide to Assistive Technology with Penny Reed.  Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents 2nd edition (2014)  Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology 3rd edition (2012)  The Assistive Technology Trainer’s Handbook (2009 also with Marsye Kaplan)  A School Administrator’s Desktop Guide to Assistive Technology (2004)  How Do You Know It? How Can You Show It?: Making Assistive Technology Decisions (2002 Also with Jane Korsten)  Hey! Can I try that?: A Student Handbook for Choosing and Using Assistive Technology (2001)

Personal Message

I am always interested in making contact with other Milken Educators who are interested in educational strategies for children with disabilities. My particular passion is technology and the ways technology can help students overcome barriers to learning. I am always on the lookout for practical strategies to help teachers integrate technology tools into their daily instructional programs. I am also a former program and state-level administrator and welcome contact with other school administrators who are interested in the topics of leadership and systems change. My particular passion these days is educational coaching and strategies for conflict resolution

Additional Information


1971 University of Missouri, B.A.

Education TechPoints: A Framework for Assistive Technolog

Assessment, Assistive Technology, Computers, Distance Learning, Early Child Development, Inclusion, Internet, Mentoring, Professional Development, Remediation, Special Education