DeCoste Writing Protocol
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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.
Kati McIlroy, OT/L, ATS worked in school districts for over 15 years in Southern California and now works at Don Johnston Incorporated as an Educational Support Specialist. She collaborates with district professionals, educators, and therapists to integrate technologies that help students access the curriculum.
August 20, 201912:00 pm to 12:30 pm
“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.
Dr. Denise DeCoste is the co-author of PAR and uPAR, the transformative assessment that shows which students can benefit from a reading accommodation. Denise is an occupational therapist and a special educator with 30+ years of experience in the field of assistive technology with her doctorate focusing on using assistive technology to improve the spelling and writing development of students with severe speech and physical disabilities.
August 28, 201912:00 pm to 12:30 pm
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We have 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), which we formerly considered appropriate for only a small subset of students, as useful for a broader range of students with reading challenges. Tools such as the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) and uPAR can help us identify which students will benefit from TTS. In this session, we’ll share:
And we’ll offer some tips to help teachers incorporate these strategies in their classrooms.
The human need for communication is essential and universal. Everyone from emergent communicators to world-famous authors share the same desire to be heard. In special education and autism classrooms, communication through First Author Writing Curriculum culminates through the Author’s Chair—the place of honor where every student gets to share, listen and respond to peer writing. They present what they wrote through any means available to them whether an AAC device, verbally, or through a partner.
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’re only beginning to understand.
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 (assistant principal and SLP) will share strategies to help you better accommodate your culturally-diverse students and help them access classroom materials through UDL, Accessible Education Materials (AEM), and technology.
Join Beth for an important conversation around teaching culturally-diverse students. Beth will define and give clear examples of:
With testing just around the corner, you won’t want to miss this live conversation about testing accommodations. See the recent updates to Co:Writer that helps you better comply with your state’s requirements around testing accommodations, including:
Let’s find out what students CAN do!
How should you use your time to elevate learning in the classroom while creating alternate assessment outcomes?
Get answers at this free webinar with Dr. Karen Erickson (researcher, special educator and alternate assessment leader), Don Johnston, and educators. They’ll share what really makes a difference in your special education Reading/ELA Program—and how Readtopia delivers the key components of a comprehensive reading curriculum that works for students with complex needs
You’ll also hear from districts using Readtopia with their students. They’ll share how Readtopia: – brought lessons to life through age-respectful ELA, social studies, and science content for middle and high school students. – elevated their Reading/ELA block. – created opportunities for communication and interaction with peers.
Now’s the time to choose your reading curriculum for next year. This webinar will help you make the right decisions that will bring benefits to your students and educators for years to come.
For years, word prediction has been an essential tool in the practitioner’s toolkit. It helps students write better by covering needs that range from spelling to word recall. In this webinar, we’ll show you how you can use Co:Writer to help students write with core features like Neuron Prediction and FlexSpell, as well as new features including Speech Recognition and language supports.
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.
Learn about technologies that are building classrooms of the future.