"Break down the developmental stages of literacy learning and
explore research-based instructional strategies which will
improve your teaching practice. This course will help you explore
best practices for phonemic awareness, phonics, and word
recognition instruction to build student skills in vocabulary,
Helping you to better meet the needs of your diverse classroom,
the final session will bring to light the literacy needs of
English language learners (ELL), students with learning
disabilities, and other struggling readers.
Support deeper literacy instruction to ensure that students learn
decoding within the context of broader comprehension.
Increase schools' and teachers' ability to differentiate
instruction in the early grades and target students'
academic and non-academic needs as early as possible.
Improve RTI² implementation for students who need greater
support in specific skill areas. Get better at getting
Goal of course:
Literacy teachers should engage students through listening,
speaking, reading, writing, using digital tools, creating,
sharing, and publishing individual and collective student work.
Classrooms should consist of active learners, creators, and
thinkers who practice regular writing, work to increase their
and use creative and critical thinking to understand each other
and the world they inhabit. The work should produce literate and
productive citizens and should be shared of all ELA teachers,
from kindergarten through graduation. A shared language of
instruction is vital to this work as is the commitment of
students to work diligently toward the betterment of their own
knowledge and skills.