Reading Instruction: A Vital Balancing Act, K-6

Reading Instruction: A Vital Balancing Act, K-6
Saint Michael’s College
Credits: 3
Dates: January 24 – May 18, 2022
Contact Hours: 60+ online hours
Intended audience: teachers of grades K-8
Instructor:  Ellen A. Thompson, Ed. D., 

Are you a teacher of literacy in grades K-8?  Have you been worried about how to fit it all in?  Do you wonder what is most important for your students to become successful in literacy?  Then this course:  Reading Instruction:  A Vital Balancing Act is the course for you.

This fully online course will enable a deeper understanding of  the necessary components of a comprehensive balanced literacy approach for the teaching of reading. The use of an  intentional design, purposeful learning materials, evidenced based reading instruction, along with the strategic groupings of students based on data combine to create powerful learning experiences for all students. Using the text, This is Balanced Literacy, K-6, written by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavian, we will begin to develop the high impact learning experiences needed to push our readers into that deep thinking mode.  The text will provide much knowledge on how to increase student understanding and use of voice without eliminating the joy that real reading can bring. 



Ellen A. Thompson, Ed.D., Literacy Consultant

Ellen A. Thompson has been an educator for over 43 years.  She taught as a classroom teacher in Vermont for over twenty years with many of those years in a multiage setting teaching children aged 6-9 years of age. Ellen was named the Vermont State Teacher of the Year in 1993 and she achieved her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 1999. Ellen began consulting nationally in 1993 and has continued this work throughout her years as an educator.  Upon leaving the classroom, Ellen joined the Elementary Education literacy faculty at the University of Vermont in 2000.  At the University, she taught undergraduate literacy courses, supervised student teachers and also worked as a literacy consultant in two large scale literacy research projects which spanned the grades K-6. For twelve years Ellen worked with the Essex Town School District as the Director of Instruction and Information Services.  During this time, Ellen completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2007.  After the merging of the Essex Town School District and the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, Ellen continued working with educators in the newly created Essex Westford School District as the Director of Learning Design.  Ellen is currently a literacy consultant for Partnerships in Literacy and Learning.