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Differentiating Your Instruction for Every Learner: Reading Course

Appropriate of grades K-6 educators

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Course Description:
This course will be devoted to studying, planning for, and practicing various methods of reading instruction. Balanced literacy methods covered in this course will include interactive read aloud, reading workshop, shared reading, and phonics/word study. These will be learned through a combination of related readings, demonstrations by the instructor, lesson planning, role-play, studying video clips, and analyzing samples of student work

Participants will explore specific methods of assessment including a progression of literacy learning that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. We will demonstrate using authentic, engaging, beautiful literature to support students’ reading  and differentiating literacy instruction for all students. This work will take into account special needs, as well as the needs of English Language Learners. Teachers who complete this course will:

•  Understand connections across reading workshop and writing workshop to plan independent reading and writing in your own classroom
•  Practice authentic assessments, including running records and performance assessments for reading comprehension
•  Plan and practice methods for teaching shared reading and close reading across the grades to support many areas of literacy learning
•  Learn how to plan and teach interactive read-alouds, with whole class conversations
•  Learn how to get student reading notebooks up and running, to use during read-aloud and reading workshop
•  Practice leveling books for text complexity using text characteristics and reading behaviors
•  Learn word study and phonics methods that allow for differentiated instruction to meet each learner’s needs
•  Become familiar with CCSS-aligned assessment tools for reading, writing, and phonics that allow for targeted, assessment-based instruction


Beth Moore: Beth Moore coauthored two of the books within the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading, and the Units of Study for Teaching Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing with Lucy Calkins and Colleagues. She worked for over a decade as lead staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. Prior to working as a staff developer and literacy coach, Beth taught first-grade and fifth-grade. She currently works as a district literacy consultant, graduate course instructor, writer, and editor. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. You can find online her each week, writing for the award-winning site Two Writing Teachers, and can follow her on Twitter @BethMooreSchool.