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Course Credit 15 Hours/PDPs
With an option to add 1 graduate credit from Fitchburg State University
This professional development course explores diagnostic assessment, process writing, and specific instructional strategies for teaching basic writing skills to struggling writers, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), which fall under the diagnostic umbrella of specific learning disabilities (SLD). This course is intended for educators who wish to help students develop grammar knowledge and build expertise at the word choice and sentence structure levels before stringing sentences together in various forms of written expression. Content would be primarily beneficial for teachers of younger students, but it would also benefit those who teach older writers who need remediation in beginning skills. As a result of the learning experiences in this course, participants will be more competent in their ability to:
The course is divided into six, self-paced modules:
The following text is required for all participants:
Jennings, T.M. & Haynes, C.W. (2018). From talking to writing: Strategies for scaffolding narrative and expository writing. Prides Crossing, MA: Landmark School Outreach Program.
There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 6-week course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and cannot be accepted late. Details about the optional graduate credit will be embedded in the “Course Welcome” module of the online course so you can make your final decision at that time.
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1 Graduate Credit
(optional for an additional fee)
|July 9 - August 20, 2024
"I am amazed at how succinctly this course met the learning objectives. It was packed with useful information and tools that can be immediately applied to teaching. This is one of the most powerful contributions to my professional growth adding a strong foundation for supporting students in written expression."
K-8 SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER