Alt Shift

Conventional Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs

February 17-18, 2020


Registration 8:00-8:30

Course 8:30-4:00


Lunch will be provided



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



Registration Fees:

Michigan Residents $30.00

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


Registration fee is due by February 9.

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

This 2-day workshop, developed by Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. David Koppenhaver, will focus on students with significant disabilities who can communicate meaningfully with others, identify most of the letters of the alphabet, and understand that print carries meaning.

Participants will learn a framework for organizing comprehensive conventional instruction that can be used to systematically teach students to decode and spell words, read with comprehension and fluency, and write using letters and words to communicate with others. The session will introduce participants to a range of training and implementation supports as well as videos and work samples of real teachers and students applying the suggested strategies in both self-contained and inclusive learning environments.


Please Note: There are two different trainings Alt+Shift offers for comprehensive literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities:


1. Conventional Literacy

2. Emergent Literacy


This workshop covers conventional literacy strategies.


If you are seeking support to get started with students who do not have a means of communication and/or cannot recognize letters or demonstrate understanding that print carries meaning, look for the workshop on Emergent Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities.


Presenter Information

Megan Hojnacki

Megan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Caledonia Community Schools in Caledonia, MI. She serves on her district's Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Support Team and empowers students, staff, and families with effective strategies for communication and literacy instruction.

Bethany Vandenbrand

Bethany has worked for Caledonia Community Schools for the last eight years. In her current position, Bethany is a teacher for students with Autism K-5. She strongly believes in the comprehensive literacy model as she has seen the benefits in her student's improved independence, social skills, and use of language. Bethany believes in presuming competence in her students , the power of core vocabulary, and the belief that we can always improve tomorrow.

Continuing Education

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

Verification of Attendance forms available upon completion of the 2-day course


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs):

There are 12 SCECHs available for the 2-day workshop.


Clinton County RESA Administration Building

1013 Old US 27

St. Johns, MI 48879

Click here for directions


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lansing at Eastwood

3320 Preyde Blvd

Lansing, MI 48912

Reserve your room today by calling 517-374-6500.

$85.00 Queen/Queen Standard Room


Code: AltShift Education
Block Deadline: January 26, 2020