Alt Shift

Emergent Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities

October 1-2, 2019


Registration 8:00-8:30

Event 8:30-4:00

(Lunch Included)


This course has reached maximum capacity. Click on the registration button to be added to the wait list.


Registration closes on September 20.

Registration for Michigan registrants is now open

Registration for Out-of-State registrants will open on July 1



Registration Fees:

Michigan Residents $30.00

Out-of-State Residents $150.00 (A limited number of out-of-state registrations will be available beginning July 1)


Registration fee is due by September 27.

The only form of payment accepted is check. Please make checks payable to Clinton County RESA.

Once registered a statement will be sent via email.

Course Information

Students with significant disabilities can and do learn to read conventionally with supportive print- and language-based experiences and interactions. Not unlike students without significant disabilities, this learning for students with significant disabilities begins with emergent literacy. Students who are emergent literacy learners should be provided many frequent learning opportunities that provide instruction and practice with functions of print and print conventions, phonological and alphabet awareness, and expressive and receptive language skills.

Participants will learn how and why to address five critical areas of emergent literacy instruction:

  • Independent reading
  • Shared reading
  • Alphabet/phonological awareness
  • Independent writing
  • Shared writing

Activity design and selection are driven by theories of literacy acquisition, and specific goals and methods will be examined and demonstrated.

This training is based on the work of Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. David Koppenhaver.

Presenter Information

Marlene Cummings, M.A., CCC-SLP

Marlene is a Speech-Language Pathologist at MRC Communications and Alt+Shift Consultant. Marlene has provided AAC and literacy consultation services for students with complex communication needs for over thirty-five years.

Megan Zell, M.S., OTR/L

Megan is an Occupational Therapist at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), AT Consultant at TBAISD, and Alt+Shift Consultant. Megan has provided assistive technology consultation services in the educational environment for over fifteen years.



Continuing Education Units

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

Verification of Attendance Forms will be available upon completion of the 2-day course.


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHS)

13 SCECHs are available for the 2-day course


Clinton County RESA

Administration Building
1013 Old U.S. 27
St. Johns, MI 48879

Click here for directions


Fairfield Inn & Suites at Eastwood
3320 Preyde Boulevard
Lansing, Michigan 48912

$85.00 Queen Standard Room

Reserve your room by calling 517-374-6500

Code: AltShift Education
Block Deadline: September 16, 2019