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Spotlight on Dyslexia and SEL—Three Ways to Help

Students with dyslexia not only face academic challenge—they face a wide range of emergent social and emotional challenges, as well. 


Ptahra Jeppe knows first hand. 


Her dyslexia is so extreme, she was told that she would never go to college. As a law student, she continues to face and overcome academic and social-emotional challenges. In this webinar, Pthara will share her first-hand experiences in school and how educators can best help students with dyslexia achieve social-emotional well-being. 


Walk away with three rock solid strategies to implement immediately and get a handy infographic on what proactivity and self-advocacy looks like in students.


Join Ptahra Jeppe, JD candidate at Syracuse University, and Ruth Ziolkowski, president of Don Johnston, Inc. for a discussion on dyslexia and social-emotional learning.

About the Presenter:

Ptahra Jeppe is a JD Candidate at Syracuse University College of Law graduating in December with a dual Masters in Cultural Foundations of Education and C.A.S. Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Before she enrolled at the College of Law, Ptahra Jeppe, at just 24 years old, was hired by New York State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (NY-52) as her chief of staff. Ptahra also served as program director at Everyone Reading in New York City.

Before that, she was told she may never graduate from high school due to her extreme dyslexia.

Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR, MBA is the President of Don Johnston Incorporate and member of several education boards such as Accessible Educational Materials, ATIA, and Bookshare. In addition, Ruth has acted as liaison between the assessment consortia and AT field. Most importantly, Ruth cares about kids who learn differently.

September 25, 2019
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

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We Teach Readtopia! 3 Things to Plan for the Best School Year Ever (I mean that—of all time ever, yes ever, really)

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 (constantly adapting, modifying, differentiating, and creating)—often over the weekend!

What’s the best way to plan? How can we get ahead of the game?

In this webinar, we’ll share an inside look at how Readtopia (special education curriculum for middle and high school students with autism and other complex needs) has given us the resources we need to reach every one of our most diverse learners. We’ll share how we plan out the school year through thematic units so we can stay ahead and feel prepared.

We’ve seen that the right instructional program can help guide and inspire every teacher to do their best work, and we’re excited to share how!

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Dyslexia—New Opportunities Using Data to Close the Reading Gap

“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.

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5 Steps to Building a Student-Led Tech Implementation Program

“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.


  1. Create Your TechXpert Team
  2. Find a Place to Launch
  3. The Big Day
  4. Celebrate Success
  5. Replicate

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.

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Dysgraphia: 5 minute Screening for Writing Accommodations

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

Poor spelling

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.

  1. Get an understanding of dysgraphia
  2. Learn why using the word dysgraphia is important
  3. See how Co:Writer Word Prediction, Translation, and Speech-to-Text remove barriers to writing
  4. Receive an easy, 5-minute writing accommodation screening tool

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Dyslexia: Which Students Will Pass the State Assessments?

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?

Request an on-demand webinar (30 minutes) to see:

  1. How uPAR can show the ways students can read best
  2. Improved implementation of read aloud accommodations
  3. How to get a free trial

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Dyslexia: How to Better Support Writing

The word, “dyslexia” is becoming commonly known. But, how to best support students with dyslexia in the classroom can be a mystery.


Students with print disabilities may be shutting down at writing time due to: 

  • -Lack of writing mechanics
  • -Fear of making mistakes
  • -Errors that make work unreadable

Still, you know your students better than anyone—and you know they have potential.  How will you bridge the gap between independent writing levels and true capabilities?

Join us for a short webinar (30 minutes) to see how Co:Writer supports students with print disabilities including dyslexia.

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Reading Instruction: What Works for Older Emergent and Non-Readers?

Often, special education and autism classrooms have a range of students from non-readers to emergent readers and even some conventional readers.  With such skill diversity, instruction can be challenging, but with the right resources and strategies, we can make real progress.

Come see what effective reading instruction looks like. Hint: It’s vibrant, relevant, age-respectful, and includes leveled materials so readers and non-readers share and learn together. It’s what works.
You’ll see how:

  • • Thematic Units form the foundation of reading instruction across ELA, social studies, and science
    • Video and Leveled Graphic Novels connect students to topics and stories they love
    • Informational Texts stretch understanding to build confidence in reading
    • Math connects thematic units to quantitative skills

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Note-taking Texas Style with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google

Taking notes while reading is a required skill according to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). How does technology help students in the Lone Star State gain confidence and mastery in note-taking—so they are more active in their own learning? Find out at our new webinar.


Join Bob Keller for a live webinar on June 12th to hear how students in Texas “Go Big” with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for

  1. Highlighting and emphasizing
  2. Making written notes
  3. Reviewing and revising notes
  4. Organizing notes

He will also share examples from Burleson ISD, Texas where English Learners had success using Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google.

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Kickstarting the Writer Inside with Co:Writer for Google

Technology-based writing supports for Google are helping students lead their own learning. Word Prediction helps them write at higher levels with improved spelling, grammar, and word recall. Translation is a game changer for ELLs. Self-edit tools help students save time and gain confidence in their writing.


Join Michele Christensen for a live webinar on June 5th. See real-life applications for supporting students in high school, middle school, and elementary school with Co:Writer’s core features including Neuron Word Prediction™, Translation, Speech Recognition and more.

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