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Webinar: ReadtopiaGO – The Best Yes!

ReadtopiaGO™- The Best Yes!

Overcoming Hesitation to Make Early Literacy Decisions

Presented by: Kelly Key, BA, MA, CAS, ATCAP and Anne McNamara, M.Ed

Live Webinar held on Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Hosted by Kelly Key, BA, MA, CAS, ATCAP, and Anne McNamara, M.Ed, experienced educators and literacy experts, this webinar focused on empowering educators and district leaders to confidently make decisions that support early literacy development in young learners.

We will soon have on-demand access to this webinar on the topic of early literacy decision-making. With a particular focus on the importance of saying “yes” early, the session explored how to avoid the pitfalls of hesitation that can often cause us to delay or avoid making important decisions. Viewers will learn how ReadtopiaGO™ can support their efforts to make confident, informed decisions in their early literacy practices which will build a comprehensive literacy approach from PreK to 12th grade. 

This 45-minute webinar is designed for Special Education Administrators and Teachers, SLPS, AAC Specialists. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. Attendees will be able to ask questions, receive lesson samples of ReadtopiaGo™, a Building Wings Certificate of Attendance, and speaker resources.


About the Presenter

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Kelly Key BA, MA, CAS, ATCAP

Kelly Key is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Barrington School District (EC-Transition) in Barrington, Illinois. She has worked in the field of special education for over 26 years.  Kelly has been in her current role (Assistive Technology Coordinator) for over 18 years.  She has also served as an administrator for 13 years as a Special Services Facilitator and Assistant Principal.  Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught special education students with multiple needs for 9 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership as well as an ATACP (Assistive Technology Applications Certificate). Kelly is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois for their Assistive Technology Department. Kelly presents at local, state, and national conferences and colleges on various assistive technology topics and she loves to share what is working with her students to be able to help more students outside of her district.

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Anne McNamara, M.Ed.

Anne McNamara is a Special Education Teacher in Barrington, Illinois.  She has been teaching students with multiple needs for over twenty years and in the field of special education for more than twenty five years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education, Masters degree in assistive technology and multiple disabilities and is board certified in special education.  Anne loves teaching and sharing her passion with other teachers. 

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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