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 explores the selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of individual and group reading assessment tools. Principles of assessment provide the foundation for field experiences with assessment. The purposes, strengths, and limitations of each assessment instrument will be examined. In this course, teachers will learn to use assessment information in planning and evaluating reading instruction, with a focus on differentiated classroom instruction; they will also learn to effectively communicate the results of assessments to a range of audiences.

This course prepares teachers to incorporate instruction methods to make content area textbooks and other reading more comprehensible for all students.  Topics include hands-on strategies, scaffolding, and methods to teach students how to read a textbook.  Participants will also design and implement lessons that accommodate all literacy levels.

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.

This course provides a theoretical, historical and evidence-based perspective on reading instruction. Students will explore a wide range of literacy research and investigate how these studies impact reading instruction in their own teaching lives. This course will include the examination, discussion and application of the following foundational topics:

  1. emergent reading skills
  2. word recognition
  3. vocabulary
  4. fluency
  5. comprehension
  6. writing to advance reading development
  7. electronic and professional resources to support literacy