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!
Dysgraphia: 5 minute Screening for Writing Accommodations

NEW session added.

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

About the Presenter:

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, 2019
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm


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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.


About the Presenter:

 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, 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!

How Access to Complex Text Improved Elementary Reading Scores

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:

  1. how we used uPAR to screen kids for reading accommodations.
  2. how using Snap&Read made it possible to give students access to complex text—regardless of independent reading level.
  3. how we used Bookshare to provide qualified students with access to rich reading material.
  4. data showing gains in students’ unaided reading scores after only one semester.

And we’ll offer some tips to help teachers incorporate these strategies in their classrooms.


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Using Author’s Chair as a Platform of Communication in Special Education 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.

 


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How Top Special Educators Teach Writing to Improve Communication

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.


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3 Strategies to Promote Equity in Culturally-Diverse Classrooms

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 UDLAccessible Education Materials (AEM), and technology.

 

Join Beth for an important conversation around teaching culturally-diverse students. Beth will define and give clear examples of:

  1. Accessible Educational Materials—Support accessibility, independence and progress
  2. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—Address learner variability in ALL students
  3. Culturally Responsive Teaching—Effectively describe, respond to, and plan for issues that arise in diverse environments


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NEW Co:Writer Test Mode for Assessments

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Co:Writer automatically adjusts features to comply with testing requirements.

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:

  1. Setup/Management — Select your assessment from the drop-down menu in a centralized location and Co:Writer automatically adjusts over 35 features to comply with testing accommodation requirements for any number of selected users.
  2. Settings — A drop-down menu provides automatic settings adjustment to comply with state assessments (see list below).
  3. Installation — Co:Writer Test Mode is built into the same tool your students use throughout the year. No additional installation is required.
  4. Test Security — Co:Writer, in Test Mode, does not send any text outside of the secure writing environment—eliminating the risk of compromising security.
  5. Proof of Accommodation Use — Co:Writer data shows when the tool was issued to each student and usage data to prove it was used for the required time period leading up to the assessment.

Let’s find out what students CAN do!


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What Really Matters in Your Special Education Reading/ELA Program

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.


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Essential Writing Toolkit — Co:Writer Edition

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.


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Supporting ELL and Diverse Languages with Snap&Read

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.


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Co:Writer for Google — Supporting Diverse Writing Needs

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.


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