Three new modules on WRITING!!!

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Three new self-directed modules went live today.  The three focus on writing instruction aligned to the DLM Essential Elements for students with significant cognitive disabilities.  The modules are:

Writing: Text Types and Purposes

Publication and Distribution of Writing

Writing: Research and Range of Writing

Find these and other modules on the DLM web site at:

Self-Directed Module on Speaking & Listening Now Available

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We’ve just posted the 12th self-directed module.  This one is on speaking and listening.  Given the characteristics of the population of students with significant cognitive disabilities, it is really a module on Expressive and Receptive Communication.  We look forward to your feedback.  Enjoy!

You can find the link to this module and others are:


DLM Core Vocabulary

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The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies has been working on identifying a core vocabulary to support students who use augmentative and alternative communication as they learn and interact in classrooms teaching the DLM Essential Elements. You can access the core vocabulary and learn more about it at

There will be DLM Professional Development Modules focused on Core Vocabulary, symbols, and supporting beginning communicators coming soon.

Webinar on Transitioning to the Common Core

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On April 16, 2013 the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled “Transition to the CCSS for Teachers of Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities” Aligning Instruction to Standards”. Presenter Karen Erickson, special education expert at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, focused on important transitions in instructional approaches for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The webinar includes discussion led by Andrew Hinkle, special education specialist at the Ohio State Department of Education and Rolf Blank, CCSSO project principal investigator. The recording and presentation are provided for broad use by educators and leaders interested in learning about the key transitions to instruction and curriculum under the Common Core Standards. – See more at:

Welcome Educators!

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Welcome to the Dynamic Learning Maps™ Virtual Community of Practice site.  This site is for you, educators who are teaching students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  It is moderated by faculty and staff at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, and the content will change throughout the next few years as we all work to implement the DLM Essential Elements and participate in the DLM Alternate Assessment System.