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You Got This: Supporting the Literacy Needs of Beginners at All Ages

On-Demand Webinar:
You Got This! Supporting the Literacy Needs
of Emergent Readers of All Ages

Blue background with yellow border - photo of Maureen Donnelly and Caroline Musslewhite with the title of their on-demand webinar: Supporting the Literacy Needs of Beginners at all ages

Today’s standards dictate that all students, including those that face the most significant barriers, should receive literacy instruction. Yet, providing meaningful, effective instruction can be difficult to implement of a variety reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Staying abreast of best practices
  • Finding age-respectful learning materials
  • Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students
  • Defining and measuring progress

Does this sound like a decent summary of the challenges you face? Good news: you’ve got this and we can help.

In this on-demand webinar, Maureen Donnelly, M. Ed. and
Caroline Musselwhite, Ed.D., CCC/SLP, use examples from Readtopia® to discuss:

  • Who can learn to read?
  • What do beginning learners need to become readers and writers?
  • Who is Readtopia really for?
  • What might Day 1 look like?

You’ll come away with a new understanding of who your emergent learners are, what they really need, and how you and Readtopia together can put them on the path toward conventional reading and writing.


About the Presenter

Maureen Donnelly smiles at the camera, wearing a white shirt
Maureen Donnelly, M.Ed

is a Curriculum Development Manager at Building Wings. Maureen is an early childhood educator by training who has worked with students of diverse ages and abilities, from preschool through college. Throughout her 25-year career, Maureen has developed numerous products and written hundreds of books that support the literacy learning needs of beginners. She lives and works in Kittery, Maine, in an office stuffed with children’s books.

Headshot of Caroline Musselwhite wearing a purple shirt
Caroline Musselwhite Ed.D., CCC/SLP

is an assistive technology specialist with more than 40 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities. She has taught courses at several universities, authored a number of books on educational topics, and presented thousands of workshops throughout the world. She is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

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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