Improving the Writing of Students with Disabilities: An Explicit Instruction Framework


3/29/2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3/29/2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 29
4-5 p.m. ET

Many students with learning disabilities can benefit from systematic and explicit approaches to teaching writing. Writing can be a forgotten but critically important academic area for students with learning disabilities across elementary through high school grades. A framework of explicit instruction, including a variety of components such as modeling, scaffolding of supports, and close monitoring of student performance, can help teachers design and deliver effective, evidence-based instruction on writing. This webinar details each component of explicit instruction and guides participants through the design of their own explicit instruction lessons on a variety of writing skills including spelling, sentence writing, and extended composition.

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe each component of explicit instruction.
  2. Apply the components of explicit instruction to lesson plans.
  3. Discuss ways of using explicit instruction across multiple writing skills.

Who should attend: Special education teachers, general education teachers; teachers-in-training; teacher educators


Shawn Datchuk, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Iowa. He previously served as a special education teacher and director of special education. He currently researches effective instructional practices to improve the writing of students with disabilities and data-based decision making and recently completed several studies on the use of explicit instruction and practice to improve the sentence and paragraph writing of elementary and middle school students.