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Writing For All! Supporting Literacy Learning for Students with Significant Disabilities

Facilitator(s): Sandra Gluth
Date:March 23, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-IE-252

Target Audience

Teachers, Instructional/Learning Coaches, Teacher Assistants, Inclusive Learning Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists

Participants should have attended Getting Started with Writing Part One.

About this learning opportunity

Research has shown that typically developing beginning writers (K-1) who are supported in self-selected writing choose specific text types based on their writing development including labels, personal stories, descriptions, and informational writing. As students with significant cognitive disabilities move towards an early conventional understanding of writing by understanding how to use their pencil and that writing carries meaning, they may be ready for more explicit instruction in text types.

This workshop will explore how these early types of writing might be introduced and taught to students with significant disabilities who are moving past the scribbling stage and beginning to produce letters and words. Participants will leave with a wealth of ideas, strategies, and authentic writing tasks to use with their students.

*Participants should have attended Getting Started with Writing Part One.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Sandra Gluth is a creative and solution-focused educator and facilitator with a passion for making learning relevant and engaging for each and every student - and each and every educator! She spent many years as a teacher and consultant with Edmonton Public Schools where she was able to combine her passion for teaching with the use of technology to support literacy learning for students, including those with diverse learning needs.

Currently, Sandra designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers and school leaders across Alberta and in the province of Quebec, focusing on universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, creating inclusive learning environments, and meaningful literacy and numeracy instruction for students with significant disabilities.