Special Agents of Change Webinar Introduces Collaborative Intervention Approaches for Students at Risk of Reading Failure

Communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson unpacks parent-educator intervention technique to improve oral/written language skills

SAN FRANCISCO, February 11, 2015 – With the growing focus on more rigorous instruction in the United States, creating literate learners is more important than ever. However, instead of relying exclusively on school-based intervention services for struggling readers, parents and educators can work together for improved results. To guide special education administrators and teachers in the implementation of this intervention approach, PresenceLearning presents “How to Become a Change Agent for Better Readers With Early Collaborative Partnerships” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This 90-minute webinar, hosted by communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson, will explore a new and results-driven approach to early literacy intervention.

This is the second of the four-part Special Agents of Change webinar series.

To sign up for the webinar, visit:  https://pages.presencelearning.com/special-agents-of-change-shari-robertson-register.html.

The specific genres and types of reading materials teachers and parents read to young learners can impact them and their literacy skills in different ways. Parent-teacher collaboration can help facilitate critical foundational skills for reading success both in and out of the classroom.

During the webinar, attendees will:

  • Study current research related to collaborative partnerships and literacy development for early intervention
  • Receive expert guidance on implementing programs for collaboration training and interactive reading strategies educators can bring to parents
  • Learn to identify characteristics of children’s literature that facilitate oral and written language skills.

About Special Agents of Change
PresenceLearning’s Spring 2015 webinar series “Special Agents of Change” features four thought leaders and their expert experience in the special education field. Gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) expert Janice Toben kicked off the series by presenting about the importance of SEL for students with special needs. After Dr. Shari Robertson’s webinar, neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns will cover new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students. The series wraps up with special education expert Dr. Frances Stetson, who will address five major pitfalls to avoid in reimagining special education programs. Participate in all four to become a special agent of change.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. PresenceLearning also offers online occupational therapy (OT), online behavioral and mental health services, and online assessments. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse clinicians.

PresenceLearning has delivered nearly half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

About Dr. Shari Robertson
Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robertson is also the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language-Pathology for ASHA. She has presented hundreds of workshops and seminars nationally and internationally and authored numerous publications on topics related to effective intervention for communication and literacy as well as innovation, leadership, and personal development. Dr. Robertson is also the CEO of Dynamic Resources, which specializes in evidence-based clinical materials for developing language and literacy, including children’s literature targeting specific oral and written language skills.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading telehealth network of providers of clinical services and assessments to educational organizations. The PresenceLearning care network has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, diagnostic services and assessments, and early childhood services for children with special needs.