Event Description


Implementing Core Vocab in a Life Skills Classroom webinar

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:30

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April WeitkampInternet 501

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Contact: E-mail Sue Wright at the SETC office to register, wrightsu@cwu.edu


 Core Vocabulary comprises many of those everyday words so many of our complex communication needs students, struggle to include when using AAC tools. In order to help students learn the meanings for these “high frequency” words and when to use them, we have implemented strategies, which can actively teach students to combine the words to form short novel sentences. In this webinar, you will learn some strategies you can use to introduce your students to the core vocabulary, and simple ways to allow students to “play with the Core” and begin to apply these words on a daily basis, with speech and with AAC systems.

Learning Objectives:

Through this webinar, you will learn to:

Identify which words to include in your Core vocabulary

Learn strategies to model and help students begin to build sentences with Core

Ways to consider including core vocabulary use in daily activities already occurring in a classroom.


April Weitkamp is a Life Skills teacher (gr. 1-5) for the Everett School District with almost 20 years of experience in self-contained classrooms. She has extensive experience in implementing communication systems for students with complex communication needs, in a classroom setting. She has spoken at conferences, and worked to share her knowledge with other educators on a variety of topics, including, accessible literacy for all students in the classroom, enhancing literacy for students, implementing PODD in a classroom and implementation of Core Vocabulary for Life Skills students.

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