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2/16/2022, Teacher Perspective: Building Opportunities for Meaningful Communication in the Classroom.

Date: 2/16/2022 Time: 3:15-4:15 Location: internet Type: Webinar

Description

Whether you have a classroom full of different communication systems or several students without systems, there are many ways to incorporate communication supports throughout the school day in meaningful ways. Join April Weitkamp to hear one teacher’s ideas on how she incorporates various high tech and low tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems and visual supports throughout the day with her students and the changes she’s made to accommodate various skill and experience levels due to COVID.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn how to incorporate at least one high tech AAC system into a classroom activity 
  2. Learn how to incorporate PODD communication system into at least one classroom activity 
  3. Learn how to incorporate AAC into a classroom literacy activity

Presenters

April Weitkamp

April Weitkamp is a Life Skills teacher (gr. 1-5) for the Everett School District with almost 20 years of experience in self-contained classrooms. She has extensive experience in implementing communication systems for students with complex communication needs, in a classroom setting. She has spoken at conferences and worked to share her knowledge with other educators on a variety of topics, including, accessible literacy for all students in the classroom, enhancing literacy for students, implementing PODD in a classroom, and implementation of Core Vocabulary for Life Skills students.

Contact

Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

The new clock hours link for fall 2022 webinar series will be posted in August.

April Weitkamp

April Weitkamp is a Life Skills teacher (gr. K-5) for the Everett School District with over 20 years of experience in self-contained classrooms. She has extensive experience using and implementing communication systems for students with complex communication needs, in a classroom setting. She has spoken at conferences, helps train teachers in her district and works to share her knowledge with other professionals from across the country. Topics she works with others on include, accessible literacy for all students in the classroom, enhancing literacy in the classroom, writing for students with disabilities, and implementing Core vocabulary and implementing PODD in a Life Skills classroom. She was a nominee for Washington State Teacher of the Year in 2021, she enjoys spending time with her children, Lukas, and Olivia, and reading in her spare time.