Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

Language-Based Classroom: Middle School, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


Individuals with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), in the context of average and above reasoning, generally have compromised academic and language skills that make learning in general education classrooms challenging. As students with language-based learning disabilities move into middle school, the reading, writing, and executive function demands necessary for success in the content areas intensify. This course is designed to provide a concise overview of current research in the field, including an overview of the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities and the best practices for language-based instruction. Practical strategies, activities, and techniques for presenting skill-based / strategy-based instruction and content will be shared, discussed, and practiced. As a result, general and special educators can position their curriculum and integrate effective strategies that enable students with language-based learning disabilities to learn and perform more successfully in today’s middle school classrooms.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key research findings in the area of language-based learning disabilities
  • Summarize the dynamics of learning, including cognition, language, attention, memory, executive function, metacognition
  • Be more cognizant of the neuropsychological profile of students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities
  • Identify children with language-based learning disabilities
  • Define the terms “language-based instruction” and “language-based programming” and assess the efficacy of each in meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Define and assess the efficacy of a language-based elementary model that offers intensive, systematic, skill-based / strategy-based instruction in language and literacy as the core curriculum
  • Define and assess the efficacy of a language-based middle school model that offers integration and continuity of skill-based / strategy-based instruction across the general ed curriculum
  • List effective teaching principles, strategies, and recommendations for language-based instruction and academic planning
  • Understand the implications of language-based learning disabilities for the student, parents, and educators
  • Advocate with peers for the implementation of best practices recommended by research for educating students with language-based learning disabilities


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


Materials will be provided on-site.


Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 14-15, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Ann Larsen

Ann has been working professionally in the field of language-based learning disabilities since 1977. Her responsibilities over the years at Landmark School have included: assistant director of admission, academic dean at Landmark High School, academic case manager at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, dean of women students, and language arts teacher and tutor. Ann currently consults with public, private, and charter schools across the country regarding evaluation, academic planning, and program design, development, and implementation for children with language-based learning disabilities. Ann is a graduate of Smith College, with former Massachusetts certification in elementary education and special needs administration.

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