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This course is offered on-demand only at this time.  It was originally recorded in November, 2022.
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Creating Resources to Support Emergent Literacy

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This 4 part course will show participants how to create resources in a variety of learning tools to support the development of literacy skills for individuals with significant disabilities, including complex communication needs. Resources and tools will be grounded in best practices in emergent literacy instruction. We will specifically discuss the difference between decodable texts and predictable text and when each is of value. While we will discuss these and other best practices as a part of the learning, for more in depth instruction on emergent literacy this course pairs well with the Aaccessible.org course AAC, Literacy and the SLP. All tools shown will be free or low cost and all participants will get a free 2 month trial of LessonPix. 
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  • 4 Modules
  • Participate Live or On-Demand (via recordings)
  • CMH, Certificate Provided 
  • Multimedia learning experience
  • Online classroom community 
  • Loads of resources!

Build your literacy toolbox

You're busy, we get it!  These easy to use, in your pocket tools,  will help you build your emergent literacy toolbox- without breaking the clock, or the bank! 

Help your students achieve 

Literacy is the key to communicative independence and your students who use AAC are counting on you to help them reach this critical milestone.  Get started now!

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of each part of this series, learners will attain the following objectives and use a combination of assessment methods to determine growth across objectives.

Session 1: Using PowerPoint and Google Slides to Support Emergent Literacy

  1. List 3 features of PowerPoint and Google Slides that can be used to support emergent literacy instruction.
  2. Create at 1 resource that supports alphabet knowledge.
  3. Identify 2 differences between decodable text and predictable text.

Session 2: Using LessonPix to Support Emergent Literacy

  1.  List 3 features of LessonPix that can be used to support emergent literacy instruction.
  2. Create 1 decodable or predictable text resource.
  3.  Identify 2 ways that games can be used to support emergent literacy instruction.

Session 3: Using Kami, OrbitNote and Other PDF Annotation Tools to Support Emergent Literacy

  1. List 3 tools that can be used to annotate a PDF.
  2. Identify 3 ways that annotation tools can make literacy resources more accessible for learners with disabilities.
  3. Create or adapt 1 resource for literacy instruction using a PDF annotation tool.

Session 4: Using Tarheel Reader to Support Emergent Literacy

  1. List 3 features of TarHeel Reader that support access for learners with complex disabilities.
  2. Describe 2 ways that TarHeel Reader can support both emergent reading and emergent writing.
  3. Create 1 decodable or predictable text resource.

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Continuing Education Credit

This series offers eligible students a total of
 4 certification maintenance hours (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page. All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet the instructor

Beth Poss

Beth Poss is a speech/language pathologist, educational and technology consultant, accessibility advocate, and former assistant principal.  She is currently the Director of Educational Programs for LessonPix.  Beth is passionate about designing educational environments that support all students in accessing a rigorous curriculum and meeting educational outcomes. In her work with school districts, universities and national and state level organizations she focuses on how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an essential component in designing equitable and inclusive learning environments. Areas of special interest include Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC), Coaching to Build Educational Success, the Use of Technology in Early Childhood, Designing Inclusive Learning Environments, Supporting Social-Emotional Learning to Promote Academic Success, and Culturally Responsive Teaching. She is one of the authors of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year, due out in June 2021.  Beth is also the professional development director at AACcessible.  

Learn more about Beth here.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Need to build your foundation first?

If you didn't take the foundational course, AAC & Literacy for the SLP, consider taking it before or in tandem with this awesome follow-up series entirely devoted to creation, not principles.   You'll build your understanding of emergent reading sills and how to support your learners in developing those skills, making those awesome resources you create, all the more powerful! 

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