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Thematic Unit Planning: A How-To Guide – Webinar, Spring 2023


  • Type: Spotlight Sessions: Webinars for Educators
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: This session is offered in both live and on-demand formats. To access either format, please register before the live presentation is held. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You may then use the same Zoom link to both watch live and view the recording.
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed before the course begins



This webinar will introduce thematic unit instruction as a platform for scaffolding language skills alongside age-appropriate content. Thematic units support students with specific learning disabilities who frequently lack the depth of vocabulary and background knowledge of their peers. When teachers deliver instruction through structured thematic content with carefully chosen vocabulary, students can collaboratively engage in class activities to address necessary language skills. Consistent thematic instruction reduces the cognitive load on students’ working memory, aids in recall, and builds vocabulary and background knowledge. Participants can expect to learn about the process of selecting an engaging theme with relevant subtopics, brainstorming relevant vocabulary and content, and developing short- and long-term thematic skill activities at the word, sentence, and discourse level (such as compositions) appropriate for middle and high school settings.



This webinar is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.



All materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

Certificates of completion will not be issued for this session.
Dates/Time Price
April 4, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

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About the Instructor

Kate Payson

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 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 1:1 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

Katie is an Outreach lead faculty member, 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 1:1 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 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 College.

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