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2 Day Seminars

Teaching Spelling – Summer Institute 2019

Individuals with specific learning disabilities generally display significant weaknesses in spelling performance in their written expression. This two-day seminar begins with a brief overview of spelling development followed by researchers’ recommendations for interventions to improve student performance. The link between spelling and reading will be explored, with particular attention to phonology and morphology. Instructional strategies and techniques will be shared, discussed, and practiced as a group. Case studies will be used to illustrate how error analysis can inform instruction, and informal spelling assessments will be reviewed.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • summarize the stages of spelling development
  • define phonology and morphology
  • list an array of best practices recommended by research for teaching spelling to students with LBLD
  • define certain orthographic conventions (types of syllables, ending expectancies)
  • apply knowledge to analysis of student errors; identify weaknesses in phonological processing represented by specific spelling errors



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



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 15-16, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars provided them with useful information that they could apply to their everyday classroom responsibilities.

About the Instructor

Deborah Blanchard

Deborah Blanchard is the academic dean at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School campus in Manchester, MA. Her main responsibilities include staff development, scheduling, and curriculum oversight. She has been involved with Landmark School since 1977 and her roles have included tutor, classroom teacher, department head, and academic advisor. Debby directed the Elementary•Middle School Summer Program for seven years, and she coordinated the Landmark Outreach Summer Institute for ten years. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Lesley University and a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, MA

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