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2 Day Seminars

Meet the Experts: Strategies, Tools, and Resources for Language-Based Instruction

Over the course of two days, participants will have the opportunity to engage in multiple workshops with four veteran Landmark elementary and middle school educators. This course includes best practices for language-based instruction that enable students to learn and perform more successfully in today’s classrooms. After an introductory session on language-based instruction the first morning, participants will explore the following three content areas.


Reading Fluency: Reading fluency skills that help build automaticity at the word level, improve accuracy, and develop prosody (phrasing and expression) of connected text will be discussed. Selected fluency strategies will be summarized and practiced. Finally, activities to enhance students’ reading fluency at the word, phrase, and passage level will be presented.


Written Expression: Teaching sentence development using patterns and a hierarchy that moves from simple to compound and complex sentences will be covered. Participants will learn a variety of elaboration strategies that are designed to help students extend and enhance their written discourse, as well as investigate tools and strategies that support composition writing across multiple genres (e.g., narrative, expository, process).


Study Skills: An overview of Landmark’s study skills model, as well as practical hands-on applications of study skills strategies and teaching techniques will be provided. Course topics will address strategies for organizing and managing time, materials and information.


Participants will also have the opportunity to synthesize their learning. During the final afternoon session, practical strategies, activities, and techniques for incorporating skills-based content into lesson plans and curriculum will be shared, discussed, and practiced as a group.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:


  • identify various strategies that address accuracy, phrasing, and/or expression difficulties depending on the student’s particular needs
  • summarize strategies for handling student errors
  • implement a structured, linguistic approach to teaching sentences
  • implement techniques for helping students to elaborate more completely in written discourse
  • implement teaching techniques that support single- and multi-paragraph level assignments
  • define study skills and explain different study skills strategies
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to incorporate these study skills techniques into their curriculum
  • summarize effective teaching principles, strategies, and recommendations that define language-based instruction



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels.



Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs, 1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
Dates/Time Price
July 10-11, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

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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.

About the Instructor

Peter Harris

Peter has been at Landmark since 1998 and has taught in both the elementary and middle school programs. He is currently the co-chair of the language arts department, and he is the director of the Landmark Summer Program. Peter has presented written expression seminars for educators and parents throughout the country.  

About the Instructor

Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre has been at Landmark School since 1994. Currently, she is the science and social studies assistant department head, faculty training coordinator, and classroom teacher at the Landmark Elementary•Middle School. As assistant department head, she oversees the curriculum and classes in the elementary program. Deirdre teaches middle school math, language arts, and science classes. In addition, she has been involved been involved in the Landmark Outreach Summer Institute since 2004 and her roles have included Director of Summer Institute and Outreach Faculty. Deirdre holds a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.

About the Instructor

Meghan Sebens

Meghan is the reading supervisor, testing coordinator, and an academic advisor at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College. Meghan has taught a variety of subjects at the middle and high school levels during her time at Landmark.

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