2020-2021 Enhancing LiterAACy Instruction for Students with Complex Communication Needs

Research has shown that the majority of individuals who have complex communication needs (CCN), many who may require AAC, do not have functional literacy skills. Furthermore, most of these individuals have not had the opportunity to participate in appropriate evidence-based literacy instruction as part of their educational programming (The Pennsylvania State University, 2006). Therefore, it is vital for professionals who work with those who have CCN to ensure that they are engaging in robust literacy instruction. This training will provide participants with an overview of the key components of balanced literacy instruction as well as review best practices in literacy instruction for individuals with CCN. Participants will be introduced to resources and strategies to assist with planning for literacy instruction for their students. There will be time for exploration of resources, including creating materials for students, as well as time to practice suggested intervention strategies. Learning Objectives/Outcomes: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: Define literacy and understand why literacy instruction is crucial for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN). Identify the main components of balanced literacy instruction. Identify at least three best practices of literacy instruction for individuals with CCN. Identify a resource, tool, or strategy that can be used to engage students. This course is intended for individuals who plan for and work with students with Complex Communication Needs, ranging from early childhood through transition age. This includes assistive technology professionals, speech-language pathologists, teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, teaching assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists and parents.

Satisfactory Completion: Credit for attending a course is based on your signature on the sign in sheet as well as sign out sheet. Participants are expected to attend the entire session to earn credit. Partial attendance may result in partial or no PD credit. All participants must complete an evaluation of the class within two weeks of the session or final session to be sent a certificate.
Cost Information: Workshop fees are waived for NSSED employees, Member District* employees, and parents of students in our member districts. For individual participants who do not meet the above criteria, this course participation fee is $150.00. All Registration or material fees will be billed directly to the school district that employs the participant after the session is complete or the first session in a series is complete. Individuals are asked to not bring payment to the session.
Cancellations: There is no cancellation fee, though we ask for advanced notice to open the spot for another person. NSSED reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to low enrollment.
Refunds: NSSED does not charge prior to the start of the course. If an individual attends the first day of a learning series but is unable to attend the remaining sessions, the school district that employs the participant is able to designate an alternate person. It is up the individual no longer attending the program to give their replacement the information learned in the first session. *Member Districts include:
    Northbrook 27, Northbrook 28, Sunset Ridge 29, Glenview/Northbrook 30, West Northfield 31, Glenview 34, Glencoe 35, Winnetka 36, Kenilworth 38, Lake Bluff 65, Lake Forest 67, Bannockburn 106, Deerfield 109, North Shore 112, Township HS 113, Lake Forest 115, New Trier 203, Glenbrook 225.

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6.00 ISBE (PEL) ELIS
6.00 Physical Therapy CEU IDFPR
6.00 Occupational Therapy CEU IDFPR
6.00 Registered Social Worker CEU IDFPR
6.00 SLP/ Audiology CEU IDFPR

Fee: $0.00
Note: See course description for fee information
Max. 20 seats