University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Online Professional Development
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
This course is designed for classroom teachers and support staff at all levels including:
During this course you will individually assess two students -- a child at the emergent literacy level (entering or having completed kindergarten) and a struggling reader (having completed second grade, up to the freshman year in high school).
Students may include children from your classroom, neighborhood, home-schooled, church group, summer school or after school programs. No family members, children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews may be assessed for the field experience.
A study of the interrelationship of qualitative assessment and evaluation to literacy development including current research in reading and language arts practices. Selection, administration and interpretation of formative and summative literacy assessments for the purpose of evaluating reading and language processes.
This course is a prerequisite for RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.
You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university or reading certification program.
Readings will be assigned from all of the following textbooks. (Some of the same textbooks will also be used in RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties course.)
Purchase from online bookstores or online from the publishers. Note: Specific editions are indicated by the ISBN number.
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) booklet: Put reading first:The research building blocks for teaching children to read
Download and print 56-page-booklet color PDF (1.25 MB)
One e-textbook will be provided after you login to the course. You will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
McCormick, S. & Zutell, J. (2015). Instructing students who have literacy problems. (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13:9780133830934
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from http://www.pearsonhighered.com or an online bookstore such as amazon.com Be sure to allow for delivery time, and note the ISBN number and 7th edition.
Additional readings will be available online within the text of each module.
The learning outcomes are aligned with the International Literacy Association standards. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Participants in this class will gain experience that will help them meet the following Wisconsin Teaching Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. This class will help participants meet the International Literacy Association's Standards for Reading Professionals and the Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI.
No travel to campus is required.
This class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week. This is not a self-paced class.
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"I learned so much and really feel that what I've learned will assist me in helping students with specific needs for reading and language improvement. I have more ways to support teachers, not only through assessment, but next steps for targeting areas for student assistance and practice."
"The practicing we did before actually administering the assessments to our emerging and struggling readers was helpful, and I was able to do the test administration much more smoothly. Everything we've been learning came together in this course."
~ Wendy Smith, Academic Literacy Coach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751