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School of Medicine Columbia

Writing Matters! How to Teach And Measure Writing in the Special Education Classroom

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


Participants must register to receive the webinar link.


About the Program

Target Audience: Special Education educators

The alternate assessment has brought writing into focus as a core means of communication. The challenge is knowing HOW to teach writing for students with complex barriers and WHY this is important. In this session, we explore the foundational elements to create the writing instruction framework and a process to successfully measure writing using the First Author Writing Curriculum.

Participants will learn:

  1. The elements of a comprehensive, high-quality writing curriculum for students with significant disabilities that will help educators meet federal academic standards
  2. How to measure writing on a 14-level writing quality scale that is sensitive to the smallest growth in beginning writers and describe additional writing measures that show text type diversity, topic diversity, total intelligible words, and total unique words
  3. How First Author can support beginning writers and provide formative data on writing progress.

About the Presenters

Portrait of Kimberly Jackson Betke

Kimberly Jackson-Betke

Kimberly Jackson-Betke is a Curriculum Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated. Her expertise in education trends, funding and statewide initiatives provides curriculum resources to key administrators, principals, district directors and teachers for students with complex needs, with an emphasis on organizational culture. Kimberly helps educators integrate and deliver classroom and virtual solutions to improve reading and writing performance for struggling students and students with disabilities.


CART captioning is provided for all SCATP webinars. If you need an additional accommodation to participate, please contact us at least one week prior to the webinar via e-mail or by phone at 803-935-5263. 

All program webinars are recorded and archived on our training page.

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