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More (new!) webinars are coming your way in 2015!
Upcoming topics include:
Data and Privacy: Do We Know How to Protect Our Students?
Inclusion 2.0: It’s Not Just the Classroom that Counts
First Author Writing Curriculum—Writing Skills for the New Alt Assessment
… and more!
Please stay tuned!
Our on-demand webinars are always free to view—you just need to sign up!
Chrome as AT: What You Need to Know
Chrome Accessbility 101
From Chromebooks to Google docs, Google for Education has exploded over the past few years. The devices and apps change just about everything you know about accessibility.
In this webinar, accessibility leader Mike Marotta shares what you need to know to support accessibility on Chromebooks and Google apps on the Chrome Browser. Mike also shares literacy-based accessibility tools Co:Writer Universal (word prediction) and Snap&Read Universal (text reader and leveler) with you.
Watch this webinar to learn how you can give all students the accessibility they will need on your new platforms.
About the Presenter: Mike Marotta is well-recognized for presenting on Google Apps for Education and Google Chromebook Accessibility issues. He has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years. Starting as a provider of direct services in his first professional jobs, Mike has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision but systems change and pre-service training for new professionals. He also worked with Kirk Behnke in the development and delivery of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
Introducing Snap&Read Universal—Make Any Text Understandable
Simply hearing text read aloud is enough support for some students to comprehend grade level text. Other students need simpler text. We believe that a reading accommodation should help both types of students and everyone in between. We designed Snap&Read Universal to do just that—it reads text aloud and gives controls to adjust the level of the text!
In this 30-minute webinar, we will dive into the inner workings of the new Snap&Read Universal—how it reads both accessible and inaccessible text and lets students control the complexity of any text they face. We’ll show you how it works on Chrome as well as desktop.
This is truly personalized learning.
Read aloud and leveled!
Introducing Co:Writer Universal—iPad, Chromebook, Desktop, and More
Technology is changing fast! Just when you got comfortable with your iPads, Chromebooks arrived. Then Google Drive began to replace Microsoft Office. AND you still have desktops to support. It’s just getting harder to support the students on your caseload with accessible tools.
But it doesn’t have to be…
In this webinar, you get to experience Co:Writer Universal—a truly universal accommodation that gives your students anytime, anywhere access to their favorite writing tool. Whether on iPad, Chromebook, desktop computer, at home, or at school, your students are covered.
Watch this webinar to see the future of accessibility!
Building an Effective Writing Program for Your Emergent and Non-Writers with First Author
There’s a strong focus on writing in the new education standards, and most special education leaders are concerned that writing instruction in their life skills and autism classrooms aren’t preparing students for the new writing requirements. Current writing instruction looks more like handwriting instruction and filling out worksheets.
Granted, it’s difficult to know how to teach writing to students with developmental disabilities. Some students have been stuck at the scribbling stage for years. Other students have complex physical and communication challenges and it’s difficult to see their potential without finding the right supports.
Researcher Dr. Janet Sturm designed a comprehensive curriculum that gives educators the right tools to teach students with complex instructional needs how to write and then measure their writing progress.
It’s called First Author Writing Curriculum, and it’s the ONLY writing curriculum of its kind. It will help you meet your new curriculum writing requirements and prepare students for the alternate assessment. Perhaps most importantly, with First Author, your teachers will become joyful and fearless as they view each student as an author who has the potential to share and communicate with others!
Dr. Sturm will share stories of how these elements have worked together to help real students—just like yours—write in several schools that she has worked with to implement First Author Curriculum and Writing Software.
About the Presenter: Janet Sturm, Ph. D, CCC-SLP from Central Michigan University has spent over 15 years improving writing instruction for students with developmental disabilities.
Using Start-to-Finish in Self-Contained Classrooms to Meet New Reading Expectations (30-min Webinar)
Traditionally, literacy expectations for students in self-contained and autism classrooms meant sight word instruction and reading short passages paired with pictures.
Things are changing with the new standards. New expectations require ALL students to make literacy gains and construct meaning from text.
Start-to-Finish CORE Curriculum and Start-to-Finish Online Library give you the instructional guidance and accessible books to meet these new expectations. Together, they help your not-yet-readers in late elementary through high school make literacy gains through real literature—the same required general ed books, only simplified. The curriculum shows you how to use chapter books to teach your students reading and listening comprehension skills.
Join us for this 30-minute webinar to learn more about CORE Curriculum and the accompanying online accessible books that will help you accomplish the expectations of your new standards.
A Smarter PAR: The Right Accommodations Start with the Right Data
“Research shows us that educators only make the right decision on reading accommodations 50% of the time when relying on subjective judgement. We developed a diagnostic process to replace subjective judgement. It’s called the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR)–over 7,500 people have already downloaded it for free! With PAR, educators are able to determine which accommodations, if any, are most appropriate for a given student.
Now see what you’re capable of when you deliver the new online version—uPAR (Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading). It allows educators to assess up to 25 students in one class period and get documented results instantly. In fact, it’s the first AT consideration tool that can be group-delivered but gives individual results!
Join me as I walk you through research basis for Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR), as well as introduce you to uPAR—just in time for the new state assessments this school year!”
~ Dr. Denise DeCoste
Co-Author, Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR)
Building First-Time Readers, 30 Minutes a Day with Start-to-Finish CORE Curriculum
“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 the Associate Director for the Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment consortium.
Introducing the New DeCoste Writing Protocol
New college and career readiness standards emphasize writing in the classroom for all students. Students are required to write routinely for long and short periods across a range of tasks. And with students using computers at an earlier age, we need to consider if technology can help them meet classroom demands.
Your district needs a process to evaluate writing issues for students with disabilities. Unfortunately, many districts don’t have a systematic way to do this.
Join author Dr. Denise DeCoste as she shares her research on the subject and walks us through her new DeCoste Writing Protocol (an important update to her original book, Assistive Technology Assessment: Developing a Written Productivity Profile, first published in 2004). The formative assessment tool helps educators identify factors affecting an individual student’s ability to produce writing. The Writing Protocol compares a child’s individual performance across handwriting and keyboarding tasks. It examines spelling performance and writing skills so educators make more informed decisions about instructional strategies and the appropriate use of technology to meet classroom demands.
Bring your team and learn how you can use the new DeCoste Writing Protocol to make sure your students have access to the tools they need to support their writing! If you own the 2004 edition, it’s time to retire it—updated research, updated protocol!
Can Your Low-Incidence Students Become First-Time Authors?
Building an Effective Writing Program with First Author Writing Software
No Child Left Behind didn’t even mention writing, but with new rigorous state standards, writing is back in focus—even for your students with complex instructional needs who will take the alternate assessment.
But how do you move these students move from a focus on letter forming to really writing?
Join Dr. Janet Sturm as she outlines the critical elements of a highly effective writing program designed for students with complex needs—including writing structure, accommodation, and measurement. She will share how each of these elements are embedded in First Author software.
Writing Structure: Emergent (and non) writers need guidance to independently plan, compose, revise and then “publish” their writings.
Accommodation: The writing of typically-developing students start with scribbling and drawing. It’s crucial that students with physical and cognitive disabilities have the accommodations they need to progress through each developmental stage.
Measurement: Students with complex needs often make small gains, and it’s crucial to measure and celebrate the smallest movements. First Author Writing Measures help educators identify and track the smallest progressions from scribbling to conventional paragraph writing.
Dr. Sturm will share stories of how these elements have worked together to help real students—just like yours—write in several schools that she has worked with to implement First Author Writing Software.
About the Presenter:
Janet Sturm, Ph. D, CCC-SLP from Central Michigan University has spent over 15 years improving writing instruction for students with developmental disabilities.
Assessment Prep: Using Word Prediction as an Approved PARCC, STAAR, and SOL Accommodation
Finally, word prediction is not considered cheating and is allowed on year-end assessments in PARCC states, Texas, and Virginia.
For years, students have relied on word prediction as an essential writing accommodation. Yet, until now, only a few states allowed it to be used as a testing accommodation. The PARCC testing consortium (plus Texas and Virginia) is opening up word prediction as an individualized accommodation. This opens up an opportunity for you to give your students equitable access to show what they know on the test.
Ruth Ziolkowski shares the latest guidance so you don’t miss out on this opportunity. She also demonstrates Co:Writer word prediction, shows student before and after assessment examples, and explains how the settings can be adjusted to comply with your state’s guidelines.
Share this webinar with your team and get a head-start on your preparations for this year’s assessments!
About the Presenter:
Ruth Ziolkowski is President of Don Johnston Incorporated and the ATIA Board Member liaison between the assessment consortia and assistive technology field.
Assessment Prep: Using Read-Aloud as an Approved Testing Accommodation
Modified assessments are going away and more students will have to take the general assessment than ever before. The good news is that the new assessments will be online and include built-in accommodations for your students who need text support.
BUT! No matter what state you are in, there will be certain rules and conditions that must be covered before the accommodation can be used in testing. Ruth Ziolkowski shares the latest guidance so you don’t miss out on this opportunity. She also demonstrates uPAR and Snap&Read, explaining how they can be used in compliance with your state’s guidelines.
Share this webinar with your team for a headstart on your preparations for this year’s assessments!
High-Stakes Testing + Special Ed = “?”
How to Get a Positive Result
High-stakes testing is here and districts across the country in nearly every state have made changes to prepare for the new educational standards. This webinar will explore key assessments and what they mean for assistive technology infrastructure and service delivery.
This webinar will cover:
- A quick overview of current summative tests and how to be prepared for them
- How modified assessments for Special Ed are changing
- Tools that can help Special Ed students be included and successful
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