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FALL 2020

Teaching Literacy Now

Dates: September 28 – December 14, 2020
Saint Michael’s College Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 60+ online hours
K-8 Teachers
Instructor:  Ellen A. Thompson, Ed. D.
Cost: $1450

This online course will allow participants to consider the vital components of effective teaching and what we know all learners need to be successful, no matter their learning environment.  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 for all students.   All participants will use a cloud-hosted Learning Management System (CANVAS) to gain new content information, contribute to large group and strand discussions, hand in and share assignments, and discuss readings, etc.

This course will help bring sensibility to all that is needed in our literacy instruction to encourage and produce readers who really are engaged in their reading.  As teachers we balance what is needed to make each learner successful.  Using the text, Distance Learning Playbook, written by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie, we will begin to develop the high impact learning experiences needed to push our readers into that engaged deep thinking mode whether they are face-to-face with us or not.  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. Participants will work with their current units of study (or new ones) to increase the learning potential for students.\

As a result of active participation in this course, students will:

  1. Consider and discuss the facets of a comprehensive balanced literacy approach.
  2. Explore and learn more about effective teaching practices.
  3. Reflect and discuss the role of face-to-face teaching versus digital learning versus a hybrid approach.
  4. Map out a strategic plan for hybrid instructional applications.
  5. Develop a deep understanding of how the literacy strands within the ELA CCSS interact and support reading instruction.
  6. Use the understanding of a balanced literacy approach to create a meaningful unit of study, investigation, and/or research best practice that promotes deeper student understandings and engagement for continued reading instruction.
  7. Collaborate and reflect  with colleagues to develop a community of learners to support  current reading/writing policies and practices within a hybrid teaching format.


Professional Development