Conventional Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs - February 2020

February 17 - 18, 2020

This 2-day workshop, developed by Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. David Koppenhaver, 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.

If you are seeking support to get started with students who do not have a means of communication and/or cannot recognize letters or demonstrate understanding that print carries meaning, look for the workshop on Emergent Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities.

Registration Deadline

Friday, February 7, 2020

Event Fee

Michigan Residents: $30.00

Out-of-State Residents: $150.00

Contact Information

Additional Info


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lansing at Eastwood
3320 Preyde Blvd
Lansing, MI 48912

Reserve your room today by calling 517-374-6500.

$85.00 Queen/Queen Standard Room
Code: AltShift Education
Block Deadline: January 26, 2020

Event Location

Clinton County RESA
1013 Old U.S. 27 Suite A
St Johns, MI 48879