Teaching AAC and Language

News from the Oakland Schools AAC Team

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UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR AAC

AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Opportunity

This is a one-day foundational learning opportunity for educators supporting the communication skills of students with complex communication needs who require Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). The focus is building shared knowledge in AAC and language, topics include: Communication Mindset, Core Vocabulary, Aided Language Input, Vocabulary Instruction and Communication Opportunities. We hope you are as excited as we are to have the opportunity to gain the information and support you need to confidently and effectively teach your students with complex communication needs become competent communicators!

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Date(s): August 22, 2016

Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30 PM

Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328
Cost: $15.00
Class Limit: 150
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Pending. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us

Ignite your passion for AAC and Language

This opportunity is designed to re-energize your passion for AAC and Language

Join Dr. Carole Zangari and your Oakland Schools AAC team as we:

• Remember that communication empowers

• Connect with our colleagues

• Join together to give a voice to our students

• Activate our knowledge and implementation skills

• Build an AAC Community

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Date(s):
October 10, 2016

Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30 PM

Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328
Cost: $15.00

Presenters: Carole Zangari
Class Limit: 150
Prerequisite Knowledge: none
Grade Level: K-Post Secondary
Audience: Oakland County Public School, special education teachers, speech/language pathologist, OT's, PT's, SSW

SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us

Teaching AAC and Language (TAACL) Foundational Series

This school year we are bringing our five day TAACL Foundational training out to you!
Five of our Oakland County districts have agreed to host this training series so that you can come to the training that works best for you. The hosting districts are Walled Lake, Lake Orion, South Lyon, Royal Oak and Farmington. The dates and times are different for each hosting district so stay tuned! Each of the 5 sessions is 90 minutes and take place approximately one month apart from October-May. Registration for these training's should be available soon on the Oakland Schools website!!

Title: AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Series - Walled Lake (5 Day Event)

Date(s): October 14, November 15, 2016 and January 11, February 9, March 31, 2017

Time(s): 1:00-3:00 PM

Location: Walled Lake Consolidated School District building to be determined
Cost: FREE

Class Limit: 25
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Will not be offered. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us
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Title: AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Series - Farmington (5 Day Event)

Date(s): October 26, November 17, 2016 and January 24, February 22, March 22, 2017

Time(s): 4:00-6:00 PM

Location: Farmington Public Schools, 32789 W. Ten Mile Rd., Farmington 48336
Cost: FREE

Class Limit: 25
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Will not be offered. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us

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Title: AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Series - Royal Oak (5 Day Event)

Date(s): October 18, November 15, December 20, 2016 and January 17, February 14, 2017

Time(s): 9:00-10:30 AM

Location: Royal Oak School District building to be determined
Cost: FREE

Class Limit: 25
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Will not be offered. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us

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AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Series - Lake Orion (5 Day Event)
Date(s):
November 8, 2016 and January 16 & 27, March 27, May 19, 2017
Time(s): 1:00-3:00 PM (Time to be determined)

Location: Lake Orion School District (building to be determined)
Cost: FREE

Class Limit: 25
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Will not be offered. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us
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AAC & Language: Foundational Learning Series - South Lyon (5 Day Event)

Date(s): October 20, November 17, 2016 and January 19, February 23 and March 23, 2017

Time(s): 8:00-9:30 AM

Location: South Lyon School District, 22727 Griswold Rd., South Lyon 48178 (Training Room)
Cost: FREE

Class Limit: 25
Prerequisite Knowledge: None
Grade Level: All
Audience: Oakland County Public School SLP's, teachers and support staff who are looking for foundational implementation support for AAC.

SCECHs: Will not be offered. Check the status of this course at: https://www.mi.gov/moecs

SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered.

Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us

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Teaching Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Language TAACL: A Framework for Success™ (Year 2 - Job Embedded Implementation)

This professional learning opportunity benefits teams who are providing services to students with complex communication needs (CCN)

The focus will be on implementation strategies emphasizing a “core vocabulary” approach within A Framework for Success

Onsite training with mentoring and coaching in the classroom to understand and use proven implementation strategies

Comments from previous participants: (this is our fourth year to offer this powerful collaborative opportunity)

“This opportunity increased my confidence when working with students with AAC”

“Increased competence and learned to work with more intentionality”

“I learned new information and evidenced based data to share with parents and staff”

“We learned that AAC is not just a device but a way to implement language”

“This was a powerful shift in thinking about AAC and communication”

“Provided a structure to constructively think about students and AAC “

Target Audience:

· Educational teams working with students using AAC who want to further their use of

proven implementation strategies for AAC

· Minimum- team must consist of SLP and teacher

Prerequsite:

· Completion of TAACL: Foundational Training (5 part series or 1 day offered August 22nd)

by teacher AND Speech and Language Pathologist

Time commitment:

· 4-6 contacts per year for a minimum of 90 minute blocks

Expectations of participants:

· Dedicate focused time

· Prepare for meetings

· Develop and use an action plan to support implementation

· Participate in planned activities and discussion

· Implement AAC strategies

· Document student progress

Please complete applications for TAACL by September 15th, 2016.

Job Embedded PL application

Contact your district AAC Consultant with questions.

Summer Literacy Academy for Significant Disabilities/Emergent (5 Day Event)

This week long course focuses on emergent literacy development for students with significant cognitive disabilities. It will expose participants to how students, including those with significant disabilities, become emergent readers and writers. The scope of the week will include early symbolic communication, core vocabulary, as well as emergent reading and writing strategies. Teachers will learn to draw on student experiences to expand vocabulary. One and a half days will be devoted to conventional literacy content. Teachers will learn about resources and strategies that they can begin to implement immediately in their classrooms. SCECH credits as well as 2 college credits will be offered for Literacy Academy. A one-day follow up for all those that have attended any summer literacy academy will be offered in October, 2016. Participants must register separately for the follow up day.
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Date(s): August 1-5, 2016
Time(s): 8:30AM-4:00PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328
Cost: $75.00 Oakland County/$600.00 Out of County
Presenter(s): David Koppenhaver and Karen Erickson
Class Limit: 55
Prerequisite Knowledge: none
Grade Level: PreK-post high
Audience: Special education teachers, SLPs, paraeducators, teacher consultants, OTs, PTs
SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
https://mdoe.state.mi.us/SCR/Aspx/Admin/Reports/Catalog.aspx
SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.
Meal(s): Coffee and lunch
Questions? Please contact debra.campbell@oakland.k12.mi.us

College credits will be offered through Madonna University (2)

Communication Enhancement Project - Year 2 (3 Day Event)

Year 2 of the Communication Enhancement Project is a continuation and enhancement of skills gained in the year one training. Teams will once again choose a target student and develop both individual and group activities. In year 2 we hope to see deeper implementation of the learned skills and strategies with the target student as well as other students in the classroom at the pre-symbolic level. Use of the Communication Matrix, scripts, prompt hierarchy and video recording for data collection will continue. Only those teams that successfully complete CEP year 1 are eligible for this training.

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Date(s): October 13, 2016 and February 2, April 20, 2017

Time: 4:00- 6:30 PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328
Cost: Free
Presenter(s): Diane Fekete, Dawn Jones and Sandy McIntyre

Class Limit: 12

Grade Level: pre-k to post secondary

Audience: Invitation only.

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed CEP year 1.

SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
http://www.solutionwhere.com/mi%5Fsbceu/coursebylocation.asp
Meal(s): Coffee and snack
Questions? Please contact angela.emig@oakland.k12.mi.us


Communication Matrix Assessment and Decision Making

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The Communication Matrix is a free assessment tool created to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing. This session will provide a detailed review of the Communication Matrix Profile including: understanding each level, pragmatic functions addressed, implications for receptive communication approaches and considerations for IEP goal consideration for each level. There will be information on a variety of communicative approaches suitable for each level on the Matrix and implications related to Literacy as well! All participants will be introduced to the online version and be invited to join the virtual Community of Practice.

Presenter: Karen Natoci

Date: November 11, 2016 8:30 – 3:30

Oakland Schools