Professional Development Modules

Module 1. Project Core Overview.

Module 1: Project Core Overview

An overview of the multi-year, iterative development project to create the Project Core implementation model for teachers and classroom staff.

Module 2. Universal Core Vocabulary. Communication supports.

Module 2: Universal Core Vocabulary

Introduction to the Universal Core vocabulary, available formats for free download, and examples of the flexibility offered for teaching and learning across natural contexts.

Module 3. Beginning communicators. Communication supports.

Module 3: Beginning Communicators

Introduction to the many ways beginning communicators express themselves, and important strategies for identifying and honoring all early forms, while making meaningful connections to symbols.

Module 4. Aided language input. Communication supports.

Module 4: Aided Language Input

Overview of how to use aided language input strategies to show students what is possible and encourage their use use of graphic symbols.

Module 5. Supporting individual access to the universal core. communication supports.

Module 5: Supporting Individual Access to the Universal Core 

Review of important access considerations for students with a range of physical, sensory and cognitive needs, and available tools for identifying suitable Universal Core formats for each student.

Module 6. Teaching communication during daily routines and activities.

Module 6: Teaching Communication During Daily Routines and Activities

Overview and case examples of how to incorporate the Universal Core vocabulary throughout the school day during common daily routines (e.g., arrival/departure, meals, and transitions)

Module 7. Teaching Communication during academic instruction.

Module 7: Teaching Communication During Academic Instruction

Overview and case examples of how to support interaction and teach communication during common academic routines across the school day.

Module 8. Shared Reading. Teaching communication during academics.

Module 8: Shared Reading

Overview and case examples of strategies for embedding communication instruction into shared reading lessons.

Module 9. Predictable chart writing. Teaching communication during academics.

Module 9: Predictable Chart Writing

Overview and case examples of strategies for embedding communication instruction into predictable chart writing lessons.

Module 10. Alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness. Communication supports.

Module 10: Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness

Overview and case examples of strategies for embedding communication instruction into alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness lessons.

Module 11. Independent reading. Teaching communication during academics.

Module 11: Independent Reading

Overview and case examples of strategies for embedding communication instruction into independent reading lessons.

Module 12. Independent Writing. Teaching communication during academics.

Module 12: Independent Writing

Overview and case examples of strategies for embedding communication instruction into independent writing lessons.