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Meaningful EngAGEment events are created by Dr. Kristen Anderson (School of Nursing), Dr. Sheen Chiou (Speech, Hearing and Rehab Services) & Dr. Brooke Burk (Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services).


Camp Maverick: Literacy Practices in Action

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This professional development will provide an introduction to reading and writing foundations, development, assessment and intervention for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, School Psychologists, Educators and other related professionals who work with children and adolescents with disabilities and/or children who struggle to learn to read and write. Foundational knowledge of literacy and development of school-age language and literacy will be addressed as well as comprehensive clinical assessment, informal assessment evidence-based intervention for langauge and literacy. 

Held on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus in the state of the art Clinical Sciences Building, participants will also be able to work concurrently with children enrolled in Camp Maverick: Rec N' Read. A four week literacy and recreation camp. Course participants will be able to apply skills learned in class with children who are attending camp (12 hours during the 26 hour professional development). To learn more about Camp Maverick: Rec N' Read visit our facebook page.

Course Objectives and Completion Requirements

1. Descirbe the process of learning to read and write in typical and disordered children.

2. Describe the professional roles in literacy development, assessment and intervention.

3. Identify and define different profiles of literacy disorders.

4. Plan and implement a formal and informal data-drive language-literacy assessment protocol (including administration, analyzing data, interpreting findings and communicating results).

5. Develop an intervention tool-kit for use in one's own practice.

6. Write an intervention plan based on language and literacy assessment findings.

7. Summarize evidence-based practice on literacy intervention or instruction for school-age children and adolescents.

8. Describe reading and writing development and achievement among special populations of particular interest to course participants.

9. Evaluate own intervention techniques and suggest changes to imprvoe implemenbtation of literacy assessment and intervention.

Completion of course will be determined by attendance and reflection and coaching sessions participation.

Course Sessions

Instructional Session #1: Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th

Instructional Session #2: Monday, June 24th through Thursday June 28th

Meet daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm[PDF] (69 KiB)

Total hours of instruction: 26 hours or 2.6 ASHA CEUs, introductory, professional level

Cost and Registration

Click here to register for Camp Maverick: Literacy Practice in Action

Course fee: Early registration (prior to April 1st) is $500 per participant. After April 1st, $550 per participant.

Refund Policy: Full refund will be given if cancellation occurs prior to May 1st, after May 1st participant is eligible for partial refund. Course may be cancelled due to low enrollment, if provider cancels the course, a full refund will be available.

Instructor information

Megan Mahowald, Ph.D. CCC-SLP 

Contact information:


Phone: 507-389-1415

Instructor bio and references can be found on

Housing and Mankato Area

Mankato is a beautiful town located 60 miles south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitian area in the Minnesota River Valley. This vibrant area of Minnesota offers both tourism and energy that come with being a college town. See [PDF] this document (49 KiB) for information about greater Mankato area.

The closest airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul. Shuttle service is available to and from airport with Land to Air Transportation Service.  AmericINN Mankato provides reasonably priced accommodations, mention this program at Minnesota State University to receive a discount on hotel room. AmericINN is within walking distance to campus and shuttle service pick up. Taxi services and Uber are also available. 


Taxi services and Uber are also available.

Disability Accomodations and Adaptations

Accomodations and adaptations to course and course materials will be provided if there is a documented need by course participants. Please email course instructor directly with questions.

Complaint Procedure

Complaints can be directed to the course instructor, if not resolved, please follow ASHA procedures found here: