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Literacy Instruction Resource Center

Expand your knowledge of literacy instruction for learners with complex needs through reading and writing instruction resources and short videos.

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Literacy Instruction Resource Center for Special Educators

Welcome to the Building Wings Literacy Instruction Resource Center. You are joining thousands of educators who embrace a comprehensive approach to providing literacy instruction for learners with complex needs. We provide support to users of Readtopia and First Author curriculums before, during and after implementation and have created and gathered resources for educators looking for additional strategies and best practices. Below you'll find a growing library of short videos and resource links to guide you in providing evidenced-based and effective literacy instruction.

Reading Instruction Modules for Special Educators

Welcome to the
Literacy Instruction Resource Center
Where to Start: Choosing Your First Readtopia Thematic Unit
Where to Start: The Placement Tool
Printing the Readtopia Placement Tool
Making Words with Readtopia
Word Study with Readtopia
Readtopia Scope and Sequence
Readtopia Video Lessons

Writing Instruction Modules for Special Educators

Creating Author Tool Kits
Author's Chair Purpose and Examples

Literacy Instruction Resource Links

Stay tuned for additional videos and resources which will be added to this page

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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