New Readtopia Upper Elementary Units! Comprehensive Literacy Instruction for Students with Complex Needs

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Presented By: Karen Erickson, Ph.D. / Don Johnston, M.S. / Jeanmarie Jacoby, M.Ed.

When you teach students with autism and complex instructional needs, you have to meet a wide range of ability levels and social-emotional needs. Readtopia offers an entire set of instructional materials available online to do just that.

Now upper elementary teachers will get the chance to join thousands of middle and high school special education teachers using Readtopia. New thematic units match the maturity level of students in upper elementary.

View this webinar recording and hear from Dr. Karen Erickson, Jeanmarie Jacoby (former special education teacher who used Readtopia with her 4th grade students), and Don Johnston (Readtopia visionary). They will walk through special features of Readtopia Elementary including:

Leveled Readers that are age-appropriate for upper elementary students

  1. Interactive Read Aloud – designed to engage and elicit participation from ALL of the students in your classroom
  2. The CAR Shared Reading strategy—appropriate for readers in the earliest stages of symbolic communication and print awareness
  3. Predictable Chart Writing—uses student interests and experiences to engage the learner in a shared writing experience

BONUS CONTENT: Attendees will see how to use Readtopia Upper Elementary lessons for eLearning.

About the Presenter

Karen Erickson, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.

Don Johnston, M.S.

Founder/CEO of Don Johnston Incorporated. Don founded his company in 1980 for the purpose of developing educational tools and materials that transform the lives of people across all learning styles and abilities. He is the visionary behind Co:Writer, Snap&Read, Readtopia and more.

Jeanmarie Jacoby, M.Ed.

Implementation Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated. Jeanmarie holds a master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology Applications. She’s been a program specialist, AT Trainer and Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University. She is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities, sharing her experiences, mentoring new teachers and providing training for parents and educators.


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