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Professional Learning (Speech or Language Impairment)

School Based Conferences

SKILL Narrative Training

Presented by Dr. Sandra Gillam, professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. This intervention teaches children basic story grammar elements such as character, setting, plan, action, etc., and then uses story modeling, story retelling and story generation to help children practice foundational literacy skills. High quality children’s literature is also incorporated into the lessons and used to teach vocabulary and comprehension.

Join us for this mini course adventure into the assessment intervention, and progress monitoring of story grammar elements that cover both Macro and Microstructures.

Requirements for the mini course:
1. May 1st-16th -complete the 5-hour pre-recorded sessions and participate in the activities (two 2.5-hour presentations). Can be completed in shorter increments.
2. May 21st, 1-3pm - attend the 2-hour live follow up session for more content and Q&A with the author.

All participants who complete the requirements are eligible to receive a FREE book - SKILL Narrative. 

7 CDE Contact Hours available. This training satisfies the Special Education and Behavioral Health licensure renewal requirements.

Registration: Open through May 6, 2021, or until the course is full.  

Register for the Mini Course

SKILL Narrative Training Flyer [PDF]

Strategies to Write Informational Text (Online Course)

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students is an 8-week self-paced course with 11 modules that provide resources to support the writing process. It follows the book by Jill Jackson, How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text. You will not need the book to complete the course, but will receive a copy if you do.

Learn more about this opportunity on the Strategies to Write Informational Text CDE Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course.

Course Start/End Dates:  January 25 - March 19, 2021 (Registration closes January 22nd)

Strategies to Write Informational Text Flyer [PDF]

Language and Literacy Journal Club

The Journal Club is an online course that uses articles about language and literacy to create the opportunity to read professional articles related to school-based issues, participate in online discussions to support the implementation of strategies, and complete a knowledge check assessment.

Learn more about this opportunity on the Language and Literacy Journal Club CDE Professional Development Page.

Course Start/End Dates:  May 24 - July 26, 2021 (Registration closes 8am on May 24th)

Language and Literacy Journal Club Flyer [PDF]

This course will also be offered in Fall 2021.

SLPA Supervision in Colorado Schools

This is an online, self-paced course for any school-based speech-language pathologist who is new to supervising speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) in Colorado schools or who needs a review. This is not intended for administrators who are evaluating SLPAs for performance review, although administrators are welcome to take the course if you want to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathology assistants and the speech-language pathologist supervising them. 10 CDE Contact Hours available.

Learn more about this opportunity on the SLPA Supervision in Schools CDE Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course. (Registration opens April 5, 2021 and will be open on a permanent, rolling basis, with registrations processed the third week of each month).

Course Start/End Dates: Opens April 19, 2021. Participants will have 6 months from their enrollment date to finish the course and download their certificate. 

SLPA Supervision Online Flyer [PDF]

Social Communication and Engagement Triad (Online Course)

The SCET Triad is a 6-week, self-paced online course with 6 modules to learn about the interconnectedness between communication and engagement. This course is intended for educators who support students with an autism spectrum disorder or other complex communication disorders. 

Learn more about this opportunity on the SCET Triad CDE Professional Development Page.

Course Start/End Dates:  Spring 2021 Dates TBD

Social Communication and Engagement Triad Flyer [PDF]

This course will also be offered in Summer 2021,

Regional Workshops

Regional workshops are provided based on specific topics to address the needs of educators in Colorado. Prior registration is required. These trainings are open to teams of educators including, speech-language pathologists, SLPAs, special education teachers and related service providers who are interested in the topic. 

2020-21 Topics and Dates TBD

Other Information:


For more information about services for students who have speech or language impairments in Colorado, please contact:

Tami Cassel, Speech-Language
Phone: 303-866-6114
Email Tami Cassel

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