Presentations and Handouts

Includes powerpoint slides and handouts for the 2008 ISAAC Conference, Closing the Gap, and Route 66 Literacy.

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ATIA 2015 Handouts

Teaching Core Vocabulary Words and Symbols to Students with Complex Communication Needs by Dr. Penelope Hatch, Dr. Lori Geist, and Dr. Karen Erickson.

Videos from this presentation can be viewed in the DLM Core Vocabulary and Communications Module on DLM's Professional Development website.  (In the self-directed version, the videos can be seen near the end of the module.  In the facilitated version, the videos can be found in the PowerPoint presentation available for download.)

ASHA 2014 Handouts

Teaching Core Vocabulary Words and Symbols to Students with Complex Communication Needs by Marlene Cummings, Dr. Penelope Hatch, Dr. Lori Geist, and Dr. Karen Erickson.

ISAAC 2014 Handouts

Getting to the Core: Creating a Core Vocabulary for the Common Core by Dr. Penelope Hatch and Allison Dennis. 

ATIA 2014 Handouts

Strengthening Your Core: A Core Vocabulary for the Common Core by Allison Dennis, Dr. Karen Erickson, and Dr. Penelope Hatch

ASHA 2013 Handouts

Journey to the Core: Developing a Core Vocabulary for the Common Core by Dr. Penelope Hatch, Allison Dennis, and Marlene Cummings

NC ACA 2013 Handouts

Engagement Through Words: Using the Common Core to Create a Core Vocabulary by Allison Dennis

ATIA 2013 Conference Handouts

A Core Issue: A Core Vocabulary for the Common Core by Allison Dennis, Penelope Hatch, and Karen Erickson

AAC Core Word List (see comments below)

  • Column B shows the rank of each listed word based on several factors. These factors include the number of core vocabulary lists a specific word appears in, whether the word is listed in Sally Clendon's research indicating the 150 most frequently used words in writing samples of students in grades K-4, and the U score.
  • Column C shows the U score for each word. This number is based on how frequently the word is found in written English and how widely dispersed the word is among grade levels (K-12) and across subjects. The higher the U score, the more frequently the word occurs in written English and the more widely dispersed the word is.
  • *Note-This vocabulary list is based on ongoing research. Therefore, there will likely be some changes in the current draft.

ASHA 2012 Conference Handouts

A Core Issue: A Core Vocabulary for the Common Core by Penelope Hatch, Karen Erickson, Allison Dennis, and Marlene Cummings

ISAAC 2012 Conference Handouts

Creating a Core Vocabulary for Common Core Curriculum by Karen Erickson, Penelope Hatch, Allison Dennis, and Marlene Cummings

ASHA 2011 Conference Handouts

Assessing Language-Based Contributions Underlying Poor Reading Achievement in Young Adolescents by Kristin Nellenbach and Karen Erickson

ISAAC 2008 Conference Handouts

New Voices Assessment: An Online Tool to Support Interdisciplinary Assessments by Karen Erickson and Patricia Porter

PC-24  Moving Forward: Curriculum Adaptations for Inclusion of Students with Severe Disabilities

Pati King DeBaun, Patrick Brune, Karen Biggerstaff, and Karen Erickson, Ph.D.

STFLS Surprises: Supporting a Range of Learners Through the Beginning Literacy Framework

Karen Erickson and Caroline Musselwhite

  • Famous(CompLesson1) for use with the Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters book, Famous, in the Yearbook: Friends and Feelings set
  • Famous(CompLesson2) for use with the Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters book, Famous, in the Yearbook: Friends and Feelings set
  • Famous(ask vocab) for use with the Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters book, Famous, in the Yearbook: Friends and Feelings set
  • STFLS Surprises handout the powerpoint slides from the presentation

Supporting Writing Strategy Development in the General Education Classroom

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