ASD Literacy Institute, Tier 1 (2019-2020)
Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff | Topic: Autism, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education
This statewide institute will be conducted by nationally recognized experts on literacy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dr. Christi Carnahan and Dr. Pam Williamson. The institute content will focus on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. Each aspect of literacy will be linked to the unique cognitive, social, and communication issues inherent in ASD. Assessment strategies will include an overall estimation of the students' literacy abilities from interactive to independent, which will help teachers determine what additional literacy assessments may be needed to inform instruction. Measures of student outcomes and teacher outcomes will be incorporated into the project, developed by the presenters in conjunction with the CDE autism consultants.
October 23rd (Wednesday) & 24th (Thursday), 2019 8:30–3:30: Days 1 & 2 AND
March 10th (Tuesday) & 11th (Wednesday), 2020 8:30-3:30: Days 3 & 4
This four day institute is designed exclusively for TEAMS (2-4 full time, Colorado certified school team members who work directly with students on the autism spectrum. Teams should include a general education teacher). We have the capacity to accept 75 participants. Due to the limited number of spaces and the need to enroll professionals who are responsible for increasing literacy instruction, this course is not open to paraeducators. All accepted participants will be asked to share implementation information with parents, paraeducators, and administrators. In order to ensure fair representation across the state, the number of teams accepted to attend from each district/AU may be limited.
Additionally, the CDE Autism team will be available during and following the Institute for support on the content.
Each team member must commit to attend each full day of the training in BOTH October and March. Substitution of team members will not be allowed. If a participant does not honor this attendance requirement, he or she will not receive the CDE 32 hour certificate of attendance. Clock hour certificates will not be prorated to time in the course. There will be an additional option for participants to have virtual coaching from the presenters for additional clock hours for a virtual project identified during the institute.
Costs: The Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.
Each team member must register individually. There will be space on the registration form where you will be required to include the names of your teammates who are also registering individually. There is a limit to the number of participants who can attend so please register accordingly.
The application for registration will close on October 9, 2019 at 5pm.
A wait list will be started if the maximum is reached.
If individual do not fully complete the registration process their entries will be deleted, and will be contacted by CDE staff to complete the registration process.
The Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education provides the funding for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Literacy Institute’s presenters and materials. There are no costs to the participant with the exception of travel, meals and substitutes if needed.
A working lunch will NOT be provided. A break will be given each day for participants to have lunch on their own.
The cost of lodging and travel is at the responsibility of the participant/district.
Event Date and Time
- Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, October 24, 2019 (All day)
LocationDurango Rec Center
2700 Main Ave
A CDE 32 hour certificate of attendance will be provided only to those who attend the entire institute. Clock hour certificates will not be prorated to time in the course.
There will be an additional option for participants to have virtual coaching from the presenters for additional clock hours for a virtual project identified during the institute.
Contact InformationBrooke Carson or Janet Zimmermann
Carson_B@cde.state.co.us or Zimmermann_J@cde.state.co.us
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