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Webinar: Dr. Bonnie Singer

Writing: what to do when students struggle
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Webinar Overview: 

Many people experience chronic challenges with writing that hinder their ability to manage the writing demands of school. In this presentation, we will explore two diagnoses used to identify severe writing difficulties commonly referred to as Dysgraphia, bringing to light the different underlying factors that influence student performance with writing. Appreciating the contribution of 5 systems known to affect the amount and quality of student writing, we then explore elements of instruction that have been proven to be essential for students who struggle with writing.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

• Define the criteria of two diagnoses used to identify severe challenges with writing

• Identify five systems that support and constrain writing quantity and quality

• Advocate for effective elements of writing instruction

About the Speaker:

Dr. Bonnie Singer is the Founder and CEO of Architects For Learning, where she directs an interdisciplinary staff that provides academic intervention, assessment, and consultation services.


For over three decades, Dr. Singer has been interested in the ways in which language and cognition interrelate to support and constrain spoken and written language and academic performance. She is particularly passionate about working with students who struggle with executive functions and written expression.


In partnership with her long-time research partner, Dr. Anthony Bashir, Dr. Singer developed EmPOWER™, a method for teaching expository writing, Brain Frames® , visual tools that organize language, Unlocking Sentences™, an approach to teaching sentence-level reading comprehension, as well as the Qualitative Writing Inventory and Me & My Writing/My Students’ Writing assessment scales.


Dr. Singer’s primary research and numerous publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing, and self-regulated learning. In addition to her lead role at Architects For Learning, Dr. Singer is the CEO of Vivido, whose mission is to train education professionals in methods that make language, literacy, and learning visible.

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