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.
Every teacher of reading, science, social studies, history, mathematics, the arts and English language learners can benefit from research-based instructional strategies that enable students to read and understand complex informational texts and content-rich nonfiction.
This course is designed for reading teachers, reading specialists, Title I teachers, literacy coaches, reading interventionists, science, math, social studies, health, ELL, classroom teachers, speech pathologists, special education and resource teachers at all levels.
NOTE: 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.
Course Description: Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the abilities to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum.
This course addresses key issues and challenges concerning the teaching of language and content to English language learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The activities include implementation and evaluation of reading interventions for struggling readers. You will learn how to enhance the overall level of reading achievement through building vocabulary, literal understanding, inferential reading, and creative content application to increase comprehension and retention.
The Common Core's vision of disciplinary literacy includes literary nonfiction, as well as historical documents, scientific journals and technical manuals, biographies and autobiographies, essays, speeches, and information displayed in charts, graphs, or maps, digitally or in print. Helping students tackle complex examples of such genres across the disciplines—from English to engineering—bolsters their reading skills for work and higher education by building foundational knowledge, vocabulary, and literacy strategies.
During the course, you will field test specific reading strategies with live subjects in your classroom. If you are not currently teaching, you may refer to the list below and work with an alternate source of students.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
This class will help participants meet the International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals (IRA 2010)
Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI (p. 180)
National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers
(NETS) I, II, V, VI
Wisconsin Teaching Standards
(WI DPI) 3, 4, 7
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"The communication within this class was phenomenal. Dr. Crum really seemed to 'get it' when it came to dealing with issues and questions from all of us busy teachers.
I felt that this class was set up in an easy to follow and straight to the point way. I never felt like I was doing "busy" work. It was very hands-on which allowed me to learn much more about content reading strategies."
~ Kitzi Klinger, first grade teacher
"The field testing we completed during the course helped me practice and better understand the strategies. Since the start of the new school year, I have implemented the graphic organizers, vocabulary activities, and fiction/non-fiction text story maps, and my students are gaining a better understanding in their content texts."
~ Jenny Dachel, preK-12 teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing
"This is a beneficial course for any teacher. From shared discussions among fellow classmates, professor guidance, appropriate practice and assignments, readings and research, I gained a wealth of knowledge. I can't wait to implement the strategies with my students, as well as share the new ideas with my colleagues so that, together, we create a community of independent, successful readers."
~Sue Pickett, teaching assistant with struggling readers in kindergarten and first grade
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751