DeCoste Writing Protocol
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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Communication is crucial to student development, and individuals with complex needs are no exception. Yet, many students with complex needs have difficulty communicating in conventional ways and that impacts everything from behavior to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
For the past several decades, I’ve been working with educators to use writing as a tool for real communication gains. I have many stories and strategies from great teachers across the country . These classrooms show us that implementing comprehensive writing instruction has wide-ranging effects that have been shown to even decrease negative behaviors.
Writing isn’t just one of the core focal points in the new education standards, it’s one of the things that make it possible for us to make our voices heard, to get outside our own heads, and to be a part of the world. Join us to see how you can make this transformation in your own classroom(s).
See how Snap&Read supports students who have a primary language other than English with features like Dynamic Text Leveling, Translation (over 100 languages), text-to-speech, and the new Picture-Supported Dictionary.
Google for Education gives you a solid foundation of writing tools. But for students who need more support, Co:Writer expands the capabilities of Google to cover needs ranging from spelling to word recall. In this webinar, we’ll show you some features of Co:Writer (like Neuron Prediction, FlexSpell, and Speech Recognition) that can help.
Snap&Read helps give the framework students need to take in information, make sense of it, and then transition to writing.
In this webinar, Dustin shows how Snap&Read’s study tools help give interaction between the outline and the text by allowing you to bring in information, highlight content, and take notes with ease.
(Webinar length – 31:17)
Relying on subjective judgement, teachers are no better than chance at determining whether a student needs a read aloud accommodation (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2001; Helwig & Tindal, 2003).
In this webinar, Dave shows how uPAR helps educators make data-driven decisions on reading accommodations, so that students can learn in the way that fits them best.
(Webinar length – 23:57)
Readtopia offers a rich, engaging learning experience and is designed to help you develop core reading skills in your SPED students. Now, it also offers a framework that outlines opportunities to practice and reinforce Functional Life Skills within your anchor lessons.
In this webinar, Torrie goes over the three major Life Skill Domains, the included Framework, and how to incorporate them into your Readtopia lessons.
(Webinar length – 37:45)
With the standards for college and career readiness, students are expected to write high-quality essays using research. Yet, most students with disabilities face significant challenges with this task.
In this webinar, you will learn how to use Snap&Read and Co:Writer to improve essay writing and research skills.
(Webinar length – 29:36)
Word Bank brings out the essence of any text automatically—presenting students with the most salient words, themes, and even a timeline and a map of the key locations. Join Brenda Bender as she shares the essentials of Word Bank.
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