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Conventional Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs –

February 17 - February 18

$30 – $150

This 2-day workshop, developed by Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. David Koppenhaver, will focus on students with significant disabilities who can communicate meaningfully with others, identify most of the letters of the alphabet, and understand that print carries meaning.

Participants will learn a framework for organizing comprehensive conventional instruction that can be used to systematically teach students to decode and spell words, read with comprehension and fluency, and write using letters and words to communicate with others. The session will introduce participants to a range of training and implementation supports as well as videos and work samples of real teachers and students applying the suggested strategies in both self-contained and inclusive learning environments.

Please Note: There are two different trainings Alt+Shift offers for comprehensive literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities:

  1. Conventional Literacy
  2. Emergent Literacy

This workshop covers conventional literacy strategies.

If you are seeking support to get started with students who do not have a means of communication and/or cannot recognize letters or demonstrate understanding that print carries meaning, look for the workshop on Emergent Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities.


Clinton County RESA
1013 South U.S.
St. Johns, MI 48879 United States
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(989) 224-6831