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Using Data to Guide Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

Live event was held on Oct. 26, 2022

When it comes to Comprehensive Literacy Instruction, accurate measurement can guide instruction, support progress monitoring, help teachers document their efficacy, and fuel learner motivation.

Please view a recording of Kelly’s 45-minute presentation on how to collect the right data, how to use the data to guide instruction, and how to document small increments of learner progress. Examples from Readtopia and First Author were shown including:

  • Data Collection Strategies & Tools
  • Modeling Strategies (Adult Tips Sheets, Scribing for a Student)
  • Examples from the Classroom

About the Presenter

Kelly Fonner, M.S.

Kelly Fonner, M.S. is Educational/Assistive Technology Consultant. Kelly presents on a wide range of topics including technology integration, augmentative communication, computer access, literacy, electronic writing, organizers, assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies.

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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