Project Core Overview

An overview of the multi-year project aimed at creating an implementation program for teachers is provided. The focus, goals and intended outcomes of the implementation program will be discussed.

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Universal Core Vocabulary

Participants will learn about core vocabulary, the Universal Core words, formats, instructional expectations, and the value of instruction within natural environments.  Participants will also be able to distinguish between words of wide-ranging and restricted purposes and plan for communication interactions.

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Beginning Communicators

This module describes beginning communicators and the variety of ways in which they communicate.  An introduction to Project Core and its design to specifically address communication needs through the multi-tiered system for augmenting language will also be discussed.

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Aided Language Input

The goal of this module is to describe how adults in the classroom can demonstrate the use of graphic symbols to help beginning communicators learn to communicate more effectively.

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Supporting Individual Access to the Universal Core

Available Universal Core vocabulary formats are discussed.  The access needs of students, how to identify suitable formats, and the use of partner-assisted scanning and eye gaze will also be discussed.

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Teaching Communication During Daily Routines and Activities

This module will explain the importance of using the Universal Core vocabulary throughout the school day and to describe the use of predictable daily routines as a way to get started.

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Teaching Communication During Academic Instruction

This module will discuss how to support interaction and teach communication as students engage in academic instruction across the school day.

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Teaching Communication During Academics: Shared Reading

Participants will learn about shared reading and the instructional practices needed to facilitate meaningful interactions. This module also discusses how to plan core-based comments to invite and support student participation.

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Teaching Communication During Academics: Predictable Chart Writing

Participants will learn what predictable chart writing is and how to emphasize teaching and use of core vocabulary during this instructional routine.

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Teaching Communication During Academics: Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness

Alphabet and phonological awareness instruction to support the development of symbolic communication will be discussed.  Participants will also learn about instructional activities associated with alphabet and phonological awareness.

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Teaching Communication During Academics: Independent Reading

Participants will review the benefits of independent reading and how to structure independent reading opportunities while incorporating the use of the Universal Core vocabulary.  Accessible books for students with motor or sensory challenges will also be discussed.

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Teaching Communication During Academics: Independent Writing

The importance of providing independent writing opportunities for pre-symbolic and and early symbolic communicators will be reviewed.  Participants will also learn about alternate writing tools and incorporating the use of the Universal Core vocabulary into independent writing opportunities.

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