It’s that time again! We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 LID Literacy Leaders Professional Learning Community (PLC)! This is a great opportunity for special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, and relevant related service providers to learn more about teaching literacy to students with significant and/or multiple disabilities.
This past year, we had 14 amazing teams from six districts across Region 13 come together for six face-to-face workshops, where they received literacy instruction based on the Four Blocks Literacy Model. Participants learned how to implement Shared Predictable Chart Writing, Shared and Guided Reading, Word Work, Self-Selected Reading, and Writing using the First Author Writing Curriculum, which all teams received at no cost. Teachers also learned about the importance of giving students access to appropriate Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) supports and the role AAC plays in success in literacy for students with significant cognitive and/or multiple disabilities. After implementing strategies learned in the PLC, teams reported greater student engagement and confidence during literacy activities. Teachers stated that students who once resisted writing became self-identified authors who were eager to share their work in the “Author’s chair!”
Example of an “Author’s Chair”; Allesandra Ciarlo from Round Rock ISD proudly displays one of her class-created books based on their Shared Predictable Chart Writing lessons.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday May 16th, 2018. To access and complete the application and for more information, including PLC description, requirements and cost, please follow the link below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
“No child is too anything to be able to read and write.” David Yoder (2000)
For more information, please contact Region 13 Education Specialist, Jennifer Russell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.