Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

Be the ONE! with Caroline Musselwhite



About Us

Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

NSSEO propels students with special needs to be actively engaged citizens through dynamic family, school and community partnerships.


Registration open through 6/1/2023 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Target Audience

Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Administrators, Related Service Providers


Dr. Caroline Musselwhite

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 45 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities in a variety of settings, including Head Start, clinics, developmental day programs, homes, and the public schools. Dr. Musselwhite has written a number of textbooks and “how-to” books on a range of topics, and has authored many books and software programs for youth with disabilities. She has taught courses at several universities and presented thousands of workshops throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa. She has also supported Communication Circles and Balanced Literacy Clubs in multiple cities in the US and Canada. Honors include: Foundation Fellowship (West Virginia University), Educator of the Year (Association for Retarded Citizens, North Carolina), Honors of the Association, (North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association), DiCarlo Outstanding Clinician Award (North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association), and ISAAC Fellow.



Tuesday, June 6, 2023-Wednesday, June 7, 2023

8:30 AM-3:30 PM


Dr. Karen Erickson talks about how we can 'Be the One' who truly makes a difference for students with complex needs. How can we 'be the one?' The more we know, the better we do, so come learn strategies and tools to help you give high-quality instruction that WORKS for your students who are emergent or transitional learners. You will learn strategies to support your students with:

  • Alphabet and phonological awareness
  • Shared reading
  • Shared writing, including predictable chart writing
  • Independent writing, including using the full alphabet
  • All supported by use of robust AAC (alternative and augmentative communication)

Come prepared to see samples of students who are achieving success, and have time for multiple 'try-its'! Together we can make sure that all really does mean ALL!!


Learning Objectives

  • Application of strategies to increase engagement amongst complex learners
  • Increased knowledge of strategies to support differentiation of instructional outcomes for all students
  • Awareness of tools to increase peer to peer communication for all learners


Impact on Student Learning

This training will provide teachers with strategies to increase student engagement and participation in lessons.



NSSEO is committed to providing a learning space that meets the needs of everyone. If you need any accommodations, please email Katie Krafton at


District 21 Community Service Center & Administration Office

959 W. Dundee Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090



Continuing Education

12 Training Hours