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Enhance Your Literacy Instruction for Students with Complex Learning Barriers

Are you meeting the widest range of needs for complex learners in your school or district? Learn fresh strategies for comprehensive literacy instruction LIVE from literacy thought leaders!

Topics include:

  • Trends in comprehensive literacy instruction
  • Cortical vision impairment
  • Integrating AAC
  • Empowering knowledgeable others
  • Writing IEP goals
  • Getting started with reading
  • Facilitating school-wide effective literacy practices

Leading with
Literacy 2022 Virtual Summer Summit

Presented by Building Wings
Thursday, July 28, 2022
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT

Early Bird Rate:  $19 – Available until July 1, 2022

Regular Rate: $29 – Starting July 2, 2022

Tickets include access to:

  • Live sessions
  • Recordings of all sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Giveaways
  • A few surprises!

Ready to learn LIVE from
literacy thought leaders?

Meet the Speakers

Are you meeting the widest range of needs for complex learners in your school or district? Learn fresh strategies for comprehensive literacy instruction LIVE from literacy thought leaders!



Ph.D., Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill


Caroline Musselwhite

Ed.D., CCC/SLP, AAC Intervention



M.S., CCC-SLP, AACreATively



M.S., CEO/Founder Building Wings

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M.A., Assistive Technology Coordinator, Barrington
220 School District



M.A. Alternative/Augmentative Communication Consultant, Oakland Schools

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M.S., Penn-Delco School District

Maureen Donnelly LI


M.Ed., Curriculum Development Manager

Why Attend?

Are you meeting the widest range of needs for complex learners in your school or district? Learn fresh strategies for comprehensive literacy instruction LIVE from literacy thought leaders!


In just three hours, you will gain fresh strategies, tip sheets, and templates from literacy leaders to enhance your instruction for students with complex learning needs.



Customize your learning path by selecting from several live sessions. Plus, hear inspiring opening and closing remarks from Karen Erickson and Don Johnston.

CPDU Credits

Do you need summer professional development? You’ll receive a completion certificate when you register for the virtual summit, attend the sessions, and fill out the post-session form.


The virtual summit is designed for school-based teachers, administrators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, paraprofessionals, and literacy advocates.

The LIVE virtual summit is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2022, from:

  • 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT
  • 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
  • 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT
  • 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT

You will receive an email before the virtual summit with information on how to access the event on your computer or smartphone. You’re welcome to join in from your desk, home office, couch, deck, or even the beach!

You can pay by credit or debit card and will receive an electronic receipt, in case you need it for reimbursement or record-keeping. We are unable to process refunds.

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.


Author Profile:,Ph.D.

Caroline Musselwhite Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Caroline Musselwhite Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistive technology specialist with more than 45 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities. She has taught courses at several universities, authored a number of books on educational topics, and presented thousands of workshops throughout the world. She is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).





Amanda Soper, M.S., CCC-SLP

Amanda Soper, M.S., CCC-SLP, Amanda currently works at a special education charter school in Washington, DC. as the Assistive Technology Specialist. Amanda is an adjunct professor at Gallaudet University and owns a private practice, AACreATively Communicating, seeing private clients who use AAC in Maryland and DC. Amanda specializes in working with individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC.





Don Johnston, M.S.

Don  Johnston, M.S. is the Founder/CEO of Building Wings LLC, Don Johnston Incorporated, and a Board Member of Texthelp. Don founded his company in 1980 for the purpose of developing educational tools and materials that transform the lives of people across all learning styles and abilities. He is the visionary behind Readtopia, Co:Writer, Snap&Read, and more.

Kelly Key, M.S.

Kelly Key, M.S., is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Barrington School District (EC-Transition) in Barrington, Illinois. She has worked in the field of special education for over 25 years. Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught special education students with multiple needs for 9 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership as well as an ATACP.

Twitter: @KKey_AT

Marlene R. Cummings M.A., CCC-SLP
AAC Consultant, MRC Communications

Marlene is a speech-language pathologist, former early childhood educator, and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultant. Her 40-year career is highlighted by her passion to create environments and change culture for students with complex communication needs in AAC, language and literacy. Marlene designed and implemented an AAC classroom program for students with severe apraxia and an accompanying Assistive Technology Center in a large suburban school district.  She specializes in designing innovative implementation systems utilizing cutting edge professional learning frameworks and dynamic service delivery models to build capacity and sustainability among teams and organizations. In addition, Marlene’s past classroom experience drives her exploration and use of universal AAC supports and strategically chosen implementation strategies. She currently influences others in the field through state, national and international conference presentations focused on AAC implementation frameworks, capacity building, shifting mindsets and job embedded learning models. Marlene teaches graduate students in AAC, contributes posts on PrAACtical AAC and other blogs and newsletters and most recently collaborated with The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies on a train the trainer literacy initiative.




Michael McCormick, M.S., LBS

Michael McCormick, M.S., LBS is Supervisor of Special Education at Penn-Delco School District in Pennsylvania.

Michael McCormick is a Secondary Supervisor of Special Education for the Penn-Delco School District. Previously, Michael worked as a Low-Incidence Special Education Teacher, Secondary Transition Coordinator, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University, and Supervisor of Early Intervention. He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education and continued to earn his Master of Science in Special Education with a focus in Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Michael furthered his education at Bloomsburg University to obtain his Principal and Supervisory Certificate. In addition, Michael is a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS), a Safety Cares Trainer, Check & Connect Trainer, and Executive Committee Member of the Greater Philadelphia Light the Night Event. Michael strives to help create a world that is a more inclusive environment for all by advocating for individuals with exceptionalities and providing training to parents/guardians, educators, and students.


Maureen Donnelly, M.Ed.

Maureen Donnelly, M.Ed. is a Curriculum Development Manager at Building Wings. Maureen is an early childhood educator by training who has worked with students of diverse ages and abilities, from preschool through college. Throughout her 25-year career, Maureen has developed numerous products and written hundreds of books that support the literacy learning needs of beginners. She lives and works in Kittery, Maine, in an office stuffed with children’s books.


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