Tar Heel Shared Reader provides free access to quality professional development, materials, and technology that support the implementation of shared reading for school-aged students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) who do not read connected text with comprehension above a 2nd grade level.

Tar Heel Shared Reader strives to improve literacy, communication, language, and academic skills of this group of students. The goal is to empower teachers to use an evidence-based approach to shared reading to provide their students with interactive access to grade level content while improving their students’ communication and literacy skills.

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Professional Development

A comprehensive set of free professional development modules provide training and examples of Tar Heel Shared Reader teaching practices. Various formats allow for flexibility in order to best meet scheduling needs.

Teacher Portal

Everything you need to start using the Tar Heel Shared Reader approach with your students. Here you will find implementation supports, and self-reflection and observation forms to support learning, discussion, and feedback.

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