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Funding for Instruction Aligned with the Science of Reading

Live Webinar
Funding for Instruction Aligned with the Science of Reading

Presented by: Ruth Ziolkowski

 Live session held on March 20, 2024 

If you are searching or advocating for a literacy instruction curriculum aligned with the science of reading, hear about opportunities to access federal funds to fund these purchases and related staff training.

This on-demand recording of a previously held live webinar is designed to equip educators, administrators, and advocates with the knowledge and tools needed to secure funding for science of reading curriculum for ALL students,  including students with complex learning profiles taking the alternative assessment. 

In this session, Ruth Ziolkowski delves into why all students deserve and benefit from a high quality literacy instruction curriculum aligned with the science of reading, as well as effective strategies for advocating for curriculum enhancements that prioritize student success and engagement.

Specifically strategies for budgeting, obligating and using ESSER III funds will be addressed.

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This webinar covers:

  • Why Science of Reading is important for all students, including those taking the alternate assessment
  • Efficient ways to provide professional development to educators related to the science of reading
  • How to fund the shift to science of reading for all educators

This webinar is designed for Special Education Administrators and Directors and members of the IEP Team who advocate for research-based curriculum solutions. Live sessions will be recorded and will be available on this page and for those who register within a week of the scheduled live session. 

Registrants who attend the live session will receive a certificate of attendance and will be able to participate in a question and answer period as time permits.


About the Presenter

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Ruth Ziolkowski

Ruth is an Occupational Therapist and an industry leader. She has been involved in assistive technology and literacy for students with disabilities education for more than 35 years. Working side-by-side with Don Johnston, they created a company that not only leads the industry in education reformation, but also initiates research, governmental policy change and the practice of principles that create the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Ruth currently serves as an advisor for Cast’s Accessible Educational Materials Center and has been a board member for ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association). 

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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