Learning Disabilities for Educators

Christine Billroth

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


This is the first day in your new 4th grade teaching position. You've introduced yourself and started a reading lesson. Tracy who sits in the front of your class, can't read the lesson. Now you're presented with a problem that will continue for the rest of the year. How will you get the needed help for Tracy? What are the rules? What can you do in your class to help?

How much of your time is required to help Tracy? What and where are you going to get that help? How are you going to change your lessons to accomodate Tracy's needs? These are all big questions that every classroom teacher faces in today's classrooms. It's not always an easy answer either. Some teachers have more in school help than others. Let's attempt to find some answers that might help you as an educator to do just that.


The Task

When you've completed your search for the solutions to Tracy's needs, you should also have a cache of resources to draw from for your own classroom. Your task is to find out your role as the classroom educator in ever growing field of Learning Disablities and how that affects your teaching and the students capacity to learn. Drawing from sources you find on the web,you will design a cirriculum to accomodate Tracy's inability to read, so that Tracy can participate in your classroom.

The Process

1. First you must find some background information. This might be helpful if you've never encountered LD (Learning Disabilities) in the classroom. Even if you have, it might be helpful for you to go to your City or County's educational website and find out what the standards and common practices are for your school system. Since this is taking place in Seattle WA. We will use the Washington and Seattle guidlelines for Tracy's needs.

 Seattle Public Instruction, Office of the Superintendant 

 Access Unlimited, Learning Disabilities 
 Resources for people with Learning Disabilities

2. Find out what your role as a regular education teacher is by law and what it is you can ask for.

 North Kitsap Web page, Information 

3. Finding help with curriculum.

 Superintendents Resource page for Curriculum 

 Curriculum Adaptations for Reading 

 Project Based Learning and Multiple Intelligences 

Through this process you should have some of the beginnings of how to approach the reading cirriculum and where to find more. You will end up with a list of resources and some basic cirriculum materials to work from. You should also have a list of where to go to get more help if you need to.

Evaluation: Roles/Responsibilities Matrix

Determine from the following list how your role will be involved in Tracy's academic needs. Evaluate the best approach for you as the general education teacher.

General Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Educational Services Association
Classified Staff
Volunteers Peers







 Volunteers     ---Yes---

Assess Student





Based on need
i.e. speech, OT,PT etc.

Based on test 


Member Evaluation Group




Yes, based on student need.

May be invited


Write Summary


Yes, if performed an assessment.







Yes, if performed


Yes, if performed assessment

Input should be used



You now have a basic knowledge of your role as a provider for Tracy's needs in the area of Learning Disabilities. You will end up with a list of resources and some basic cirriculum materials to work from. You should also have a list of where to go to get more help if you need to.

Credits & References

List here the sources of any images, music or text that you're using. Provide links back to the original source. Say thanks to anyone who provided resources or help. 

List any books and other analog media that you used as information sources as well.

A List of resources and appreciation:

Eric resources List
Seattle Superintendents Office
Washing State Education Association

Roles and Responsibilities Matrix, Special Education and the Law, Pg. 80, Washington Education Association, Copyrighted, 2000.

Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page