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Reading and writing are
within reach for ALL students.

Special Education and Inclusive Classroom
Literacy Instruction Solutions.

Do you struggle with:

• Meeting ALL students’ learning needs?
• Engaging ALL students in reading and writing?
• Helping ALL students make IEP progress?

With Building Wings, you can feel confident your students are learning from the best possible reading and writing instruction —and will be prepared to demonstrate their skills.

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Our Inclusive Instruction Solutions

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Newstopia™ combines the power of learning about news and world issues for students receiving special education services in grades 3-12+. Weekly content includes multimedia materials and more!


Engage ALL students in learning phonics and early reading with Readtopia. Developed based on research by Dr. Karen Erickson, Readtopia teaches experiential lessons across multiple themes and subjects.


ReadtopiaGO™ by Building Wings is a comprehensive early literacy curriculum for emergent learners, Pre-K to Grade 2, designed to help get our youngest students on the road to literacy.

How We Build Wings

Led by Don Johnston, Building Wings develops engaging instructional materials that meet the widest range of student needs.
We partner with an interdisciplinary team of specialists in literature, literacy, history, education, photography, film, alternate assessment, and exploration.
Our contributors include:
Don Johnston
Karen Erickson
Allison Dennis,
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Watch your students become success stories

Imagine seeing ALL of your students with varying abilities making gains in literacy learning. When you implement our special education resources in your inclusive classroom and district, the “impossible” becomes possible.

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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