DeCoste Writing Protocol
Google for Education
Learning is For Life
Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Our webinars address timely and relevant topics like new education standards, high-stakes testing, closing the achievement gap, and how to choose the right accommodations for your students.
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The alternate assessment has brought writing into focus. The challenge is knowing how to teach writing for students with complex needs. As a former Special Education Administrator, my experience has taught me that there are four foundational elements which are non-negotiable when teaching writing in special education. Join me for a webinar to see how to infuse the four elements of Confidence, Measurement, Instruction, and Engagement into your instructional program.
Randy LaRusso is an Educational Consultant after 40 years of serving the public education system in Florida. She was the director of the ACCESS Project, a Florida Department of Education grant designed to enhance the teaching and learning for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
November 21, 201912:00 pm to 1:00 pm
During the American Revolution, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton wanted to have a lasting impact on the world around him—a legacy to leave his children and grandchildren. His ability to read and write helped lift him from poverty to making a mark on history. Now in the current technological revolution, we can open this story for many more through accessible technologies. Let your legacy be that of connecting students to their full potential with the right supports. Amy D’Aquila will demonstrate visual, auditory, and learning supports that help bridge the gap for struggling readers and writers—using examples from the smash hit musical, Hamilton.
Amy D’Aquila, Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated. B.A Business/ International Relations. Amy has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory.
November 20, 201912:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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There are many benefits to using Google Forms for worksheets and quizzes including accessibility, instant grading, and integration with Google Classroom.
With all of these benefits, why aren’t more educators using it? The reality is that it can be tough to get started. Quizbot expedites the process to create accessible quizzes in Google Forms. One click from any webpage or PDF is all it takes to generate a quiz with answers. From there, educators only need to edit questions and add additional questions for higher-order thinking. See Quizbot in action in this on-demand webinar.
What really matters when choosing and implementing a special education curriculum? Special Education Principal, Barbara Tremblay will share how her school chose and implemented the Readtopia® integrated literacy curriculum. She will discuss the turn around she witnessed in teachers and students when her school implemented age-respectful, truly leveled materials that helped guide teachers to do their best work with their students and make real growth.
Much of learning originates from text. So, what if text actually worked better for students? Now we have the tools to make text work for EVERY student—so they can comprehend it and learn from it. You’ve experienced this with Snap&Read on Chrome, now we brought these great supports to the new version of Snap&Read for iOS (iPad and iPhone). In this on-demand webinar, we’ll show you all the new supports including how to take a picture of text and hear it read aloud. You’ll see the super accurate OCR text, and text translation. Read and Annotate PDFs, read and annotate images! And, Integrate with iCloud, Drive, and OneDrive.
Writing is an essential part of a comprehensive literacy program. So, why are most students on the alternate assessment stuck copying and tracing (even through high school)? Largely, the alternate assessments (including DLM) require students with complex needs to write using the letters of the alphabet, but this often begins with scribbling and letter-like shapes. Using First Author (an evidence-based writing curriculum by Dr. Janet Sturm) as a foundation, this webinar answers three key questions:
What does writing look like for students with complex needs?
What does instruction look like?
How is progress measured?
While special education classrooms are all very different, successful teachers have several things in common—they inspire, they adapt, and they truly reach every single student.
But it often feels like we’re flying by the seat of our pants. The general education classrooms seem to have a predetermined course (the curriculum and books are set at the beginning of the year). In our special education classrooms, it’s common to feel like we’re stringing things together—often over the weekend! What’s the best way to plan? How can we get ahead of the game? In this webinar, you’ll see an inside look at how Readtopia has given special educators the resources they need to reach every one of their most diverse learners.
“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Dyslexia is not related to an intelligence deficit, yet reading barriers can prevent these students from realizing their true potential. Simply having the right data showing how students read best (whether through a read aloud accommodation or independent reading) can make the difference between accessing modified materials and accessing grade-level text.
In this webinar, Dr. Denise DeCoste will show you how to use data to identify which accommodations will help students with dyslexia launch their success.
“What is the best way to implement learning tools?”
There’s the traditional top-down “train the trainer” approach, but like the game of telephone, it had mixed results. The latest approach is a more agile student-led and sustainable approach where training is done directly with students—helping empower them directly. We call these newly empowered students TechXperts.
In this webinar, we’ll show you how to go directly to your students and create TechXperts.
Watch this recording where Ruth and Josh talk in-depth about the 5 Steps to Building a Student-Led Tech Implementation Program and how the new (and free) Don Johnston Learning Academy can help.
There are many things to consider when helping our struggling writers to improve outcomes and build confidence. Students who struggle with writing may have:
Poor fine motor skills
Messy or slow handwriting
Lack of attention to tasks
Difficulty getting ideas down on paper
Is it Dysgraphia?
Join us for a short webinar (30 minutes) to learn how to use accessible technology to better support students with IEPs who have Dysgraphia or other writing challenges.
Students with disabilities have to pass the state assessment test. What if you could know which students could comprehend at grade level or above with read aloud accommodations?
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