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15-Hour Seminars

Instructional Strategies for Assisting Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities – Summer Institute 2024

Designed to enhance direct, explicit instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), this 15-hour, 2-day seminar introduces a selection of specific language-based teaching strategies and materials to help young people succeed in school. This is a strategy-heavy seminar with an array of supplied materials that are readily usable in a classroom. The following three core modules will be addressed: overview of language-based learning disabilities (core knowledge, best practices); organizational skills (time & materials management, planning); and academic skills (reading comprehension, vocabulary development, note-taking, pre-writing, composition).

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define the fundamental concepts and meaning of the term “language-based learning disabilities”
  • Recognize and explain how to implement appropriate interventions for a student with organizational deficits
  • Recognize and explain how to implement appropriate interventions to help students succeed in academic areas requiring study and writing skills


Massachusetts Educators: This seminar meets the professional re-licensure requirement for “at least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles.



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle school level. 



Materials will be provided on-site.



There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 15-hour course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.



  • Delivery mode: In-person.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.

Course Information

15 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 10-11, 2024
8:30am - 4:00pm

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Over 98% of educators felt that their Outreach Summer Institute seminar provided them with strategies and tools that will help their students.

About the Instructor

Anna DiPerna, M.S.Ed.

Anna DiPerna is the assistant math department head at the Landmark Elementary-Middle School and a math and reading/writing teacher. Since starting at Landmark in 2002, she has taught math, language arts, reading tutorials, and oral expression/literature classes. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her M.S.Ed. in special education from Simmons University.

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