Webinars

Keep up with the latest ed trends with a webinar, and bring your team!

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.

Live Webinars

Our live webinars are always free to attend—you just need to register!

More (new!) webinars are coming your way in 2019!
Specially Designed Instruction for Writing—5 Inclusive Ways to Help the Struggling Writer

As practitioners and administrators, we see students with writing needs that are very easy to spot:

  1. Poor fine motor skills
  2. Messy or slow handwriting
  3. Lack of attention to tasks
  4. Poor spelling
  5. Difficulty getting ideas down on paper

What to do about it is another story, but the good news is that SDI provides a direct path to help students with writing in a very inclusive way.

In this webinar, Kelly Fonner will share a 5-Minute Screening Tool to identify the writing accommodation needs of each student, and then how to accommodate writing to ensure access to the curriculum using:

  1. Word Prediction… to assist in getting ideas down in text
  2. Speech-to-Text…  as another means of writing
  3. Vocabulary… build academic and topic-specific vocabulary
  4. Translation… for your language learners
  5. Data Walks… to build student confidence

About the Presenter:

Kelly Fonner, M.S. is a consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Kelly is an international speaker with more than 30 years working with individuals with disabilities as a teacher, AT consultant, and program developer. You can find her at www.kellyfonner.com


December 18, 2019
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm


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On-Demand Webinars

Our on-demand webinars are always free to view—you just need to sign up!

Dyslexia—New Opportunities Using Data to Close the Reading Gap

Presenter: Dr. Denise DeCoste

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 on-demand 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

Presenters: Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR, MBA and josh Maglasang, SMPS

“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 on-demand webinar, we’ll show you how to go directly to your students and create TechXperts using the free Don Johnston Learning Academy.


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Dysgraphia: 5 minute Screening for Writing Accommodations

Presenter: Kati McIlroy, OT/L, ATS, Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated

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, and difficulty getting ideas down on paper. Is it Dysgraphia? View this on-demand webinar to learn how to use accessible technology to better support students with IEPs who have Dysgraphia or other writing challenges. Get an understanding of dysgraphia. See how Co:Writer Word Prediction, Translation, and Speech-to-Text remove barriers to writing. Request an easy, 5-minute Writing Accommodation Screening Tool.


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Dyslexia: Which Students Will Pass the State Assessments?

Presenter: Dave Butler, Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated

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

Presenter: Dave Butler, Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated

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 a lack of writing mechanics, a fear of making mistakes, and 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? View this on-demand webinar to see how Co:Writer supports students with print disabilities including dyslexia.


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

Presenter: Bob Keller, Senior Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated

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. View this on-demand webinar to hear how students in Texas “Go Big” with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Highlighting and emphasizing, Making written notes, Reviewing and revising notes, and Organizing notes. See examples from Burleson ISD, Texas where English Learners had success using Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google.


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How Access to Complex Text Improved Elementary Reading Scores

Presenters: Carl Bencal, Principal and Linda Bastiani-Wilson ATS

We’ve long known that the most important factor in student learning is excellent instruction, but this goal is made more complex by the varying needs of students. The principles of Universal Design for Learning have pushed us to see accommodations such as text-to-speech (TTS), as useful for a broader range of students with reading challenges. In this session, we’ll share how we screened kids for reading accommodations, how we gave students access to complex text, and more. We also share data showing gains in students’ unaided reading scores after only one semester.


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How Top Special Educators Teach Writing to Improve Communication

Presenter: Janet Sturm, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Professor at Central Michigan University

Communication skills are a crucial element of student development, and students with complex needs are no exception. Yet, many students with complex needs have difficulty communicating. I will share ways educators are using writing as a tool for expression and communication. These classrooms show us that implementing comprehensive writing instruction has wide-ranging effects that we are only beginning to understand.


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3 Strategies to Promote Equity in Culturally-Diverse Classrooms

Presenter: Beth Poss, Assistant Principal and SLP

You teach students from diverse cultures. Each one comes to your classroom with unique background knowledge including native language and traditions. American instructional methods and materials may be foreign to your students. How will you help all your students feel connected to the materials you teach? Beth Poss will share strategies to help you better accommodate your culturally-diverse students and help them access classroom materials through UDLAccessible Education Materials (AEM), and technology.


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