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Grade Level(s): Preschool – Post high school students with significant cognitive disabilities

Description: This week long course focuses on emergent literacy development for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  It will expose participants to how students, including those with significant disabilities, become emergent readers and writers.  The scope of the week will include early symbolic communication, core vocabulary, as well as emergent reading and writing strategies.  Teachers will learn to draw on student experiences to expand vocabulary.  One and a half days will be devoted to conventional literacy content.  Teachers will learn about resources and strategies that they can begin to implement immediately in their classrooms.   A one-day follow up for all those that have attended any summer literacy academy will be offered in October, 2016.  Participants must register separately for the follow up day. Appropriate for teachers of students with IEPs taking the MI Alternate Assessment.

SCECHs: pending

Intended Audience:  Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists and Teacher Consultants

Dates: August 1-5, 2016

Time: 8:30 – 4:00

Presenter(s): Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. David Koppenhaver

Location:  Oakland Schools

Contact Person: Deb Campbell, 248.209.2327,