Foundations of Writing (Spring)

AEC and Students with Complex Needs

Please join the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Training and Consultation Team (TaC) for this Writing Series

This blended professional learning series addresses research and the foundations of writing with students who have complex needs (SWCN). Topics include why writing with SWCN is needed, research and foundations of writing, purposes, strategies, & tools for the emergent and conventional writer, and a final wrap up. SWCN are students who: take the PASA; receive services/supports for life skills, autism, and/or multiple disabilities; may have communication, cognitive, and physical needs; and may receive full-time or nearly full-time special/general education services.


Synchronous opportunities will be live on Zoom. Topics will be delivered in a 90-minute session followed by a Write Bite. The Write Bite is designed as a shorter 60-minute session to provide participants with the opportunity to collaborate and expand their learning of the previously discussed topic. This is an open forum format enabling participants to bring questions, wonderings, and provide them with an opportunity to explore the topic of their choice in more depth.


Intended Audience: K-12 Special Education Teachers, Para-Educators, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists


  • Act 48 hours will be awarded upon the closure of the training series
  • Up to 13.5 Act 48 hours will be awarded for live and asynchronous sessions attended
  • Registration for each session is highly encouraged but not mandatory


Educators who work for LEAs in the AIU3 region will have priority registration.


Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net

Registration (Spring Virtual Training Series)

Registration deadline is January 4, 2022


Day 1: Foundations for supporting students who have complex needs

SPRING: 1/11/2022 (1:00PM-2:30PM)


https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItd-mvpj8uHNaCYXSez8MPKk7xKlHZJAU2


Day 2: Research on writing

SPRING: 1/25/2022 (1:00PM-2:30PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckc-yupjIjGN2T-x5Mgrd0oLPBc8bdJP7Y


Day 3: Write Bite

SPRING: 2/8//2022 (1:00PM-2:00PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdOmsrzkpH9YYZYlpiWv4j3WIvZRHcfBw


Day 4: Emergent Writing

SPRING: 2/22/2022 (1:00PM-2:30PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuce-srT8oHdDhIKD_RJ9IvG-mcoWkHjye


Day 5: Write Bite

SPRING: 3/8/2022 (1:00PM-2:00PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvdOiorzIoHNVtlDjBQQYxIzuWNkjbDJzT


Day 6: Conventional Writing

SPRING: 3/22/2022 (1:00PM-2:30PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoc-qurTwpGtL69uH2kl5teZDVJuVJYa17


Day 7: Write Bite

SPRING: 4/5/2022 (1:00PM-2:00PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsd-qhqTgjHtQDFLDMNRENN5aDhfY_l7wU


Day 8: Bringing it all together

SPRING: 4/12/2022 (1:00PM-2:30PM)

https://aiu3.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdOiurz8vHddfF11s8f0pDg-XandfTpYR

Contact Information:

Training Content Questions:

Kendra Bittner

Training and Consultation Coordinator, Assistive Technology

kendra.bittner@aiu3.net

412-477-5178