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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.

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

More (new!) webinars are coming your way in 2019!
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.


About the Presenter:

Dave Butler

Educational Support Specialist


June 26, 2019
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm


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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

About the Presenter:

Karla Rachfal

Curriculum Support Specialist


June 19, 2019
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm


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NEW Co:Writer Test Mode for Assessments

Lock icon over list of state assessment names
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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Writing as a Communication for Students Who Aren’t Ready to Write

Carol and Jenay will cover effective writing instruction and how to track writing progress in self-contained and autism classrooms using First Author Writing Curriculum. Carol will connect signs of progress to learning standards to demonstrate that these areas of growth are IMPORTANT. Jenay will share how writing transformed her own classroom, her students, and her outlook on teaching students with the most complex needs.


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Note-taking with Ease

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.


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uPAR – Getting Data So You Don’t Have to Guess

(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.


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Incorporating Life Skills Into Your Readtopia Lessons

(Webinar length – 23:57)

Readtopia offers a rich, engaging learning experience and is designed to help you develop core reading skills in your special education 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.


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