Conventional Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs

February 25 - 27, 2019

Conventional Literacy and Students with Significant Disabilities

This three-day workshop will focus on students with significant disabilities who can communicate meaningfully with others, identify most of the letters of the alphabet, and understand that print carries meaning. Participants will learn a framework for organizing comprehensive conventional instruction that can be used to systematically teach students to decode and spell words, read with comprehension and fluency, and write using letters and words to communicate with others. The session will introduce participants to a range of training and implementation supports as well as videos and work samples of real teachers and students applying the suggested strategies in both self-contained and inclusive learning environments. 

Please note: There are two different trainings Alt+Shift offers for comprehensive literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities:

  1. Conventional Literacy
  2. Emergent Literacy

This workshop covers conventional literacy strategies.

To help you decide which training is most appropriate for your situation, below is a description of the emergent literacy training. If you think this is a better fit, keep an eye on this website for future training opportunities.

Emergent Literacy and Students with Significant Disabilities

This two-day workshop will focus on getting meaningful literacy and communication instruction started with students who have significant disabilities. Participants will learn five instructional routines that can be used with all students to teach communication while building engagement and early literacy understandings. This session is appropriate for anyone who works with students who do not have a successful means of communication, cannot identify letters, sounds, and words, and/or do not understand that print carries meaning. 

Contact us at [email protected] with any additional questions about these workshops.

Registration Deadline

Friday, February 1, 2019

Event Fee

Michigan Attendees $75.00

Out-of-State Attendees $300.00



Contact Information

Event Location

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Dr.
Romulus, MI 48174