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Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Writing Classroom is a Course

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Writing Classroom

Ended Apr 19, 2015

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Full course description

Starts March 23, 2015

At Beacon College, the premiere accredited four-year college exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences, research-based, student-centered writing pedagogy is embedded into the curriculum. However, many writing instructors at other educational institutions have not had significant training in teaching students with learning disabilities.

This short program of study will explore strategies to help students with learning disabilities become more comfortable with the writing process in the classroom environment. While the course is aimed to help instructors of writing better accommodate their students, parents of students with learning disabilities, as well as the students themselves, may find this course useful.

Together, we will explore:

  • Types of learning disabilities that make writing difficult
  • Effective classroom practices
  • Individual student conferencing strategies
  • Assistive technology

Join us for a rich and much-needed discussion on how to help our students with learning disabilities succeed in writing.

Intended Audience: Educators

Time to complete the course: About two hours a week

Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: Certificate of Completion

Format: Instructor-led

Asynchronous (independent) activities: Yes

Synchronous (class) activities: No

Instructor feedback: Via responses in discussion forum

Peer feedback: Via responses in discussion forum

Group work: No

Prerequisites: None


Caroline Le

Dr. Caroline Le

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Caroline Le is an Assistant Professor of English at Beacon College, the premiere accredited four-year college exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences. She received her Ed.D. in higher education with a specialization in content area literacy from Nova Southeastern University. She is the former coordinator of the Writing Center, beginning at Beacon College as the Writing Center consultant in 2010. Her teaching and research areas include developmental reading and writing, first-year composition, and topics in education. Conference presentations include Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, International Adult AD/HD Conference, College English Association, National Council of Teachers of English, International Writing Centers Association, College Reading and Learning Association, National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Midwest Writing Center Association, Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association, and East Central Writing Centers Association.

William Nesbitt

Dr. William Nesbitt

Department Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate Professor of English

Dr. William Nesbitt received his Ph.D. in American Literature at Florida State University. His major area is American Literature after 1875. He started teaching in higher education in 1999 and has been at Beacon College (exclusively for students with learning disabilities) for ten years and has served as the chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department for four years. He teaches and conducts research within a variety of subject areas, including first-year composition, the contemporary essay, creative writing, world literature, British literature, American literature, Beat literature, African-American literature, Native American literature, women’s literature, the graphic novel as literature, industrialism and ecocriticism, and popular culture. He has published in journals such as Route 7 Review, The Southeast Review, and The Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. Conference presentations include the PCA/ACA National Conference, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA Conference, the Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research, the Annual American Literature Association Conference, The Burroughs Century, SAMLA, the International Conference on Critical Thinking, Whitman and the Beats, and the Annual International Film and Literature Conference at Florida State University.