This course focuses on various leadership roles in literacy education – reading teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. The dimensions of each role will be explored and compared. Major topics studied will include: using district and school assessment data to determine student needs; creating a literacy vision for your school; assisting teachers in instructional organization, management, and strategies; selecting appropriate core and supplemental materials; and developing and implementing a year-long professional development plan (PDP).

This course is designed to prepare teachers of reading to promote and sustain reading competencies of elementary learners. Teachers of reading will investigate the reading process and strategies that are appropriate for classroom implementation. Teachers will also explore literature resources, with an emphasis on children’s literature, that support elementary students’ reading development. Upon completion, teachers will be able to select and incorporate instructional strategies into the curriculum; and model reading strategies for students in their classrooms.