Reflecting on resources
The overall goal of the Literacy for All communities of practice is to enhance teacher capacity to meet the literacy and communication needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Since the project started in 2011, different literacy resources and strategies have been identified and used in the classroom with students, analyzed for their effectiveness and appropriateness, and adapted to better meet the literacy needs of students with significant disabilities.
Teachers participating in the Literacy for All communities of practice have explored a number of professional resources, including: Don Johnston’s First Author Writing Curriculum, the Developmental Writing Scale (part of the First Author kit), Clicker 6 software and/or Clicker apps, Dr. Karen Erickson’s Making Words phonics lessons to introduce and build decoding skills, and Scholastic’s Talk About series of 24 non-fiction books designed to provide models of everyday English language for students who are learning English or who have limited English language skills.
Participating teachers provided reflections on these resources as well as information on how they used them to support literacy development for their students. Please click on individual slides to enlarge them.