Updated March 2015
“New curriculum standards are changing literacy expectations for ALL students, including students with complex instructional needs. Unfortunately, few of our students with complex needs experience real literature through chapter books.
Our goal while designing Start-to-Finish CORE Curriculum was to help teachers give students instructional access to real literature and many of the same book titles their peers are reading in general ed. The curriculum structures instruction so students with complex needs learn the skills needed to construct understanding while reading and/or listening.
Students are now able to hold and read chapter books for the first time, including classics like Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, and Anne Frank—just like their peers.
Join me in this webinar. I will share the research behind the curriculum and how to use it effectively to meet the new standards, and more importantly to unlock the potential hidden in our students.”
Dr. Karen Erickson
Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
About the Presenter
Dr. Karen Erickson is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. Her research addresses literacy assessment and instruction for struggling readers of all ages including those with significant disabilities. In addition, Dr. Erickson is a special education advisory group member for the Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment consortium.