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A Principal’s Guide to Choosing and Implementing a Special Education Curriculum

Presented By :

Barbara Tremblay
Mary Krenz

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What really matters when choosing and implementing a special education curriculum? Special Education Principal, Barbara Tremblay will share how her school chose and implemented the Readtopia® integrated literacy curriculum. She will discuss the turn around she witnessed in teachers and students when her school implemented age-respectful, truly leveled materials that helped guide teachers to do their best work with their students and make real growth.

From a principal’s perspective, Barbara will discuss:

  • How to assess a reading curriculum for students with complex learning needs
  • The hallmarks of literacy instruction that works for special education
  • Aligning your reading curriculum to state standards
  • How to successfully implement a new reading curriculum
  • How to measure literacy growth

About the Presenter

Barbara Tremblay

is the Principal at P 721K Occupational Training Center which is part of New York City District 75. As principal, Barbara’s is responsible for over 500 learners with developmental disabilities or autism in grades 1 through 12. The training center has four locations across Brooklyn.

Mary Krenz

is the Director of Professional Services at Don Johnston Incorporated. Mary specializes in early childhood development and adult learning strategies. She has worked in the educational publishing field for 25 years developing training programs. Mary is also the editor and project manager for Readtopia.

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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