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2 Day Seminars

Written Expression Strategies: Teaching Students with Expressive Language Difficulties

This seminar 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 expressive language writing skills. It is designed for those who are new to working with this profile of student. Participants should expect to leave with practical and easy-to-replicate lesson plans, strategies that encourage expressive language development in their classroom, and a better understanding of how to work with students with expressive language deficits in the area of written expression.

Topics include: overview of language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) and expressive language disorders; practical case studies; strategies for guiding students through the initial brainstorming process; scaffolding for written expression; 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
  • complete several case studies of students with written communication deficits
  • create units and activities that set students up for success in written expression
  • become familiar with and practice using cueing strategies
  • develop strategies to help expressive language students reach their full academic potential



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels who are new to working with this population.



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 9-10, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Kate Payson

Kate Payson is the Assistant Head of the Expressive Language Program at Landmark High School.  She has worked in multiple capacities at the high school since 2008, teaching writing and social communication in the EL Program, language-arts tutorial in the Founder’s Program, and coordinating professional development through Landmark’s Inreach Program.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at Colby College in Waterville, ME and her master’s in education from Simmons College in Boston.

About the Instructor

Kate Anastasia

Kate Anastasia is currently an expressive language arts teacher at Landmark High School.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at The College of New Jersey and taught for over 25 years as a public school special education middle school teacher in Virginia as well as in Massachusetts. Additionally, she has worked at both the Landmark Elementary Middle School and at the high school.

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