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Unlocking Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

On-Demand Webinar

Unlocking Comprehensive
Literacy Instruction:
An overview on how to engage all learners

Presented by: 
Christy McDonald, B.A., B. Ed., OCT 
Jan Pilling, M.Sc.,RSLP, CCC-SLP

 Live session was held on April 25, 2024

When students are provided with all of the components of a comprehensive literacy program, all students can learn to read and write! Some students will require additional support to ensure they, too, have access to reading and writing opportunities. In this webinar, we will explore strategies and tools that help teachers to build engagement in their students, and help students to gain access and independence while learning to read and write. Join us to hear about the impact these strategies and tools have had on students and teachers, in both elementary and secondary settings. 

Photos of Jan Pilling and Christy McDonald and the title of their Building Wings webinar: Unlocking Comprehensive Literacy Instruction: An overview on how to engage all learners.

This 30-minute webinar will provide

  • An overview of the components of a comprehensive literacy program 
  • An understanding of additional support necessary for some students to ensure equal access to reading and writing opportunities
  • Strategies and tools for teachers to enhance student engagement and promote access and independence in literacy learning
  • A discussion of the impact of these strategies and tools on students and teachers 
  • Examples of how this is relevant for both elementary and secondary settings

This webinar is designed for Special Education Administrators and Directors and members of the IEP Team who are researching ways to engage students with complex learning profiles with literacy instruction.  It is appropriate for those evaluating literacy instruction curriculum solutions for students in grades 3-12+ with complex learning profiles. 

Interested in other free webinars for special educators? The Building Wings Webinar webpage includes information on  other upcoming live webinars and access to on-demand recordings of previously held live webinars.


About the Presenter

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Jan Pilling, M.Sc., RSLP, CCC-SLP:

Jan Pilling is a Speech Language Pathologist who has worked in the field for over 25 years.  She is passionate about working with students who have complex communication needs and who utilize augmentative/alternative communication systems. She works in the Brandon School Division and in addition to her SLP role and provides training, and support for student’s to access communication systems and assistive technology across the school division. She coordinates professional development for educators to increase accessibility for ALL learners.

Christy McDonald, B.A., B. Ed., OCT

Christy McDonald , the Professional Learning Lead at Bridges Canada, is an educator and curricular and assistive technology consultant, supporting people with diverse learning needs and those supporting them. She leads the professional learning and curriculum support teams at Bridges Canada and delivers professional development for educators who are implementing educational curricula for students with complex needs. She has developed a series of on-line courses to support teachers and parents in supporting the use of AT features in reading and writing. It is Christy’s desire to increase meaningful participation, achievement and the well-being of all learners.

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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