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1 Day Workshops

BLENDED Written Expression: Scaffolded Strategies for Beginning Writers – Summer Institute 2020

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:


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the hidden demands of writing and understand how they impact the skills of students with specific learning disabilities, such as LBLD.
  • Assess student strengths and weaknesses with written expression as a means of informing instruction.
  • Scaffold the process of written expression through targeted instruction at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels.
  • Employ effective instructional strategies to help students with diagnosed learning disabilities build and develop their writing skills.



Our blended online courses combine the flexibility of online learning along with the benefits of an in-person seminar. These courses require one full day on our campus (July 7, 2020) for orientation, collaboration, and an introduction to some of the course content. The course is then completed online in the 6 weeks that follow the in-person seminar.



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.

Also, please bring a laptop so you can log into the course and access the course materials.



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels, as well as those working with older students who require remediation in basic writing skills.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.



Course Information

15 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 7, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm in-person
Plus 6 weeks of online instruction (ending on August 18, 2020)
$350 $325

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About the Instructor

Keryn Kwedor

Keryn has taught at Landmark High School in the language arts and literature departments since 2003. As associate director, she manages content development and production, and she assists in overseeing all aspects of the program. For Outreach, Keryn has been a school consultant, produced materials for the DESE, and organized the Professional Development Seminars for Cape Cod Educators, in addition to coordinating and teaching courses for the Summer Institute, Landmark Outreach Online, and the Landmark SNHU partnership. Keryn holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.

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