Register Now for Our Summer Literacy Institute! 7/23&24/19

Published: June 10th, 2019

Category: Calendar, In-Person, Training

Learn and Practice: Emergent Literacy for Complex Students
Presented by: Susan Norwell, M.A.

Tue, Jul 23, 2019 & Wed, Jul 24, 2019
9:00 AM –​ 3:30 PM EDT
Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

DoubleTree by Hilton – Gainesville
3726 SW 40th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

Hotel Information

Training Description:
This high energy and hands-on workshop is built on the principles of teach, show, model, practice, and review.

On Day 1: Attendees will learn the Six Building Blocks of Emergent Literacy as conceptualized by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall

On Day 2: Attendees will learn the Four Blocks of the Balanced Literacy Model as conceptualized by Patricia and Jim Cunningham.

Extensive videos will demonstrate how to utilize this model with a variety of complex learners. Techniques will be embedded into activities that will be modeled for participants by the instructor to support communication, specific emergent literacy learning, and specific conventional literacy learning. Participants will then implement those strategies with each other while participating in hands-on literacy, communication, and instructional tasks. Real-time learning opportunities are provided to all attendees to not only build awareness and knowledge of literacy and communication teaching strategies, but also provide the needed practice in how to teach them. Of importance are the strategies for incorporating communication supports for all activities. Our complex students are typically nonverbal or not typically verbal and learning literacy skills without building communication skills is impossible. Participants will be coached by instructors as they work through the various activities and will be given feedback about their successes and questions. Possible goals and targets for staff training will be shared for each block. As we move through the blocks (i.e. 6 blocks on Day 1; 4 blocks on Day 2), this same learning model will be utilized. Day 2 of the workshop builds beautifully on Day 1 for emergent literacy learners. Come in comfortable clothes with a wilingness to learn and have fun!

Training Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify and utilize:
​​-Two communication systems to model a book read aloud.
​​-Two communication partner strategies that support a small group language activity (everyday activity, play-based activity, book read aloud).
​​-Two low-tech literacy solutions to support writing skill development for the complex learner.
​​-The six blocks of the Emergent Literacy Model and give a learning activity/strategy for each.
-​The four blocks of the Balanced Literacy Model and give a learning activity/strategy for each.
-​ABC Flipbooks to support writing with a complex student.

Register Now! Limited space available.