Understanding Students with Dyslexia

This professional development graduate level course provides educators with an overview of dyslexia, which falls under the diagnostic umbrella of a specific learning disability (SLD). The first half of the course will define the learning disability, debunk associated myths, and explore the benefits of early identification and intervention. The neurological origins and common manifestations of dyslexia, as well as the comorbidity of dyslexia and other learning challenges (such as dyscalculia and dysgraphia), will also be explored. The second half of the course will introduce best instructional practices for supporting students with dyslexia, cover special education laws related to the SLD, and offer alternative perspectives for consideration. The content and strategies presented in this course are rooted in the science of reading (SOR).

This course will help you:

  • Define the term dyslexia and debunk myths associated with the learning disability

  • Understand the neurological origins of learning challenges for individuals with dyslexia

  • Gain awareness of common co-occurring, or comorbid, learning challenges among students with dyslexia

  • Learn general best-practice instructional strategies to support students

  • Build an understanding of the state and federal statutes that are in place to support students with dyslexia

  • Consider alternative perspectives of learning disabilities

Alignment to District Goals

Coming Soon!

Meeting Dates and Times

This is an online asynchronous graduate course. There will be no set meeting times. Participants must complete the course within the allotted time frame.


This course is being facilitated by Landmark School Outreach.

Target Audience

This graduate level course is open to all educators and administrators.


The Office of Teaching and Learning is covering the cost of tuition. Participants may opt to pay $125 for 1 Graduate Credit (reimbursable in accordance with union contracts).


The number of PDPs for participation is TBD. Completing this course will satisfy DESE PDP Requirements for "Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners".

Registration Information

Registration information about this session will be coming soon.

For questions about this professional learning opportunity, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Zachary Waddicor.