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Boosting Engagement in Special Ed and Autism Classrooms—Six High-Impact Resources in Readtopia®

Presented By :

Jeanmarie Jacoby, M.Ed.
Beth Poss M.A., CCC/SLP, M.S Education

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For special ed teachers, back to school comes with a mixed bag of anticipation, excitement, anxiousness, and lonnnnggg to-do lists. But one item is more important than ever—engaging students with autism and complex needs in a way that maximizes learning.

In a special education or autism classroom filled with individuals with vastly different abilities and challenges, how will you engage every student and give them a fighting chance at a comprehensive education? Having the right resources can bring it all together.

Join Jeanmarie Jacoby. M.Ed. and Beth Poss, CCC/SLP, M.S as they help you kick off the new year using Readtopia®—a comprehensive set of teaching resources that are sure to engage everyone in the classroom including emergent communicators.

Seasoned Readtopia veterans will get to take a spin around hot-off-the-press new features that are already included in your subscription.

New to the Readtopia? Come see an overview of engaging content and an instructional model that’s adaptable enough to serve every student. Engaging stories and learning materials (at up to 7 levels) meet each learner precisely where they’re at and help them grow.

All participants will discover Readtopia’s latest additions:

  • Thematic Unit: Life Lessons anchored by Aesop’s Fables (for grades 3-6)
  • Visual Supports to increase communication and understanding
  • Scope and Sequence Charts to map your curriculum for the year
  • Shared Communication tools—Readtopia “postcards” from Lesson Pix
  • Administrator Walk-Through charts—observe/reflect on practice with students
  • Readtopia Math

BONUS: Come away with three weeks’ worth of Readtopia lessons and a sample of Lesson Pix postcards. All attendees receive a certificate of attendance. This webinar is 40 minutes long.

About the Presenter

Jeanmarie Jacoby, M.Ed.

is a former special education classroom teacher, now Implementation Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated holding a master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology Applications. Jeanmarie has experience as a program specialist, AT Trainer, and Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University. She is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities, sharing her experiences, mentoring new teachers, and providing training for parents and educators.

Beth Poss M.A., CCC/SLP, M.S Education

is the Director of Educational Programs at LessonPix. She is an educational and technology consultant and former assistant principal. Areas of special interest include the Use of Technology in Early Childhood, Designing Inclusive Learning Environments, Supporting Social-Emotional Learning to Promote Academic Success and Culturally Responsive Teaching.

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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