Unpacking the Core Weaknesses in Math Learning Disabilities (Dyscalculia) and Planning Targeted Instruction

Workshop Description


Mathematics learning can be difficult for many students, particularly those with dyscalculia or math learning disabilities (MLD). This course will familiarize participants with the multiple cognitive mechanisms involved in mathematics learning and performance, and develop an understanding of the core neurobiological deficits which are foundational to dyscalculia and MLD. Based on the science of math and current research on mathematics teaching and learning, participants will learn how instruction can be better aligned to develop our intuitive understanding of numbers. This course will introduce participants to instructional methods that help all students develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics and mathematical language, gradually leading to procedural fluency. Participants will receive instructions, scripts, and resources for teaching with these methods, supporting participants in their ability to implement these strategies effectively.


The course is designed for educators who teach or support students struggling in math and those with dyscalculia or math learning disabilities.

Online coursework is organized into 10 modules with each module requiring approximately 3 hours of work. Each module consists of a narrated video presentation, articles to read, instructional videos, and resources for further learning. At the end of each module, participants will respond to a discussion question and complete a short quiz. 


  • The Neuroscience of Math and Dyscalculia
  • Math Learning Disability (MLD), Cognitive Factors and IEP Qualifications
  • Whole-to-Part Instruction
  • Number Concept and Decomposition
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Word Problems and Research-based Math Instruction
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Place Value
  • Math Interventions, Assessments, and IEPs
  • Planning Targeted Math Instruction 


Currently, we are only providing the 30 hours (PDPs) of self-guided content only. See below for details. 

Groups of 3+ are eligible for a $100 discount per participant. Please email [email protected] for more information.



Participants who select self-guided coursework will have the opportunity to complete the 30 hours of content at a pace and timeline that works for their schedule. 

Enrollment is rolling and content must be completed by June 1, 2022.

Enrollment Fee: $450


Course Instructor

Rebecca Lord, M.Ed is an elementary math coach, special education, and middle school math teacher. She has 10 years of experience in specialized math instruction, primarily teaching substantially separate small-group math classes to students with dyscalculia, dyslexia, language-based, and math learning disabilities. During this time she also served as a middle school math general education teacher, provided tier 2 math support, and designed and delivered tier 3 math interventions. Over the past several years she has provided professional development on dyscalculia, math learning disabilities, and effective math instruction for teachers and districts throughout New England.