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Scaffolding for Success: Teaching Students with LBLD & Expressive Language Deficits – Summer Institute 2024

This 5-day course will focus on recognizing students with expressive language deficits, developing practical teaching strategies and classroom techniques, and promoting individual student success through direct instruction of writing and oral expression skills. An overview of the expressive language profile will be discussed, exploring both academic and social implications. Additionally, there will be a focus on supporting executive function for these students. Participants should expect to leave with practical, easy-to-replicate lesson plans and activities, strategies that support expressive language in their classroom (both verbal and written), and a better understanding of how to work with students who have expressive language deficits. 

Topics include: overview of language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) and specific weaknesses in expressive language; practical case studies; strategies for guiding students through the initial brainstorming process; scaffolding for oral and written expression; thematic units as a platform for expressive language development, samples of student work and lesson plans for implementation in the classroom.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the profile of a student with an expressive language deficit
  • Discuss the importance of thematic units as a platform for skill development
  • Create lessons and activities that set students of this profile up for success
  • Become familiar with and practice using cueing strategies
  • Develop strategies to help students with an expressive language profile reach their full academic and social potential



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels (elementary, middle, secondary).



Required: Please purchase your own copy of From Talking to Writing: Strategies for Supporting Narrative and Expository Writing before the course begins.

Additional materials will be provided on-site.



Graduate credit is offered through Fitchburg State University and is included in the course fee. Once you register for graduate credit through Fitchburg, the grad credit portion of the course fee ($295) is non-refundable. Details about the graduate credit including timelines to register and refund policies will be embedded in the “Course Welcome” module of the course.



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

Course Information

3 Graduate Credits
Dates/Time Price
July 8-12, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

The content was fantastic. It was research-based. I am walking away with a multitude of practical strategies that I will be able to use with my students.

About the Instructor

Kate Payson, M.S.Ed.

Kate has taken on a variety of roles since starting her career with Landmark in 2008. She currently works as an Outreach lead faculty member, guiding educators in developing best practices to support students with LBLD. Prior to this she served as assistant head of the Expressive Language Program at Landmark High School, designing, teaching and supervising writing, oral expression and social communication classes. Kate partnered with faculty from both campuses to coordinate professional development opportunities through Landmark’s Inreach Program from 2012-2020, and she gained experience in her early years at the high school as the EL Program’s Lead Teacher, a full time teacher of Language Arts and Pragmatics/Social Communication, and a one-on-one tutor. Kate earned her master’s degree in special education at Simmons University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College with a major in English and a minor in art.

About the Instructor

Katie Worden, M.S.Ed.

Katie is an Outreach lead faculty member, a role she earned after many rewarding years spent teaching students at Landmark High School. From 2015-2022, Katie was the director of the Expressive Language Program, prioritizing supportive teacher training. She has taught one-on-one tutorials, as well as classes in language arts, oral expression, and social communication. During her time at Landmark, she also worked closely with a caseload of students and their families as an academic advisor. Beyond the high school level, Katie has taught courses for the Outreach Summer Institute, Landmark Outreach Online, and Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education. Prior to joining Landmark in 2009, she graduated from Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in English. She then earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.

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