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Students must develop literacy skills in order to access, learn, and comprehend. And with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers in all subject areas—science, humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and technology—are finding themselves actively involved in their students' literacy development, including skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. In this course, you'll discover literacy development strategies that will make content come alive for each and every student. 

We'll review the new literacy standards to see how they relate to the content areas, and uncover the many ways adolescent development is connected to effective teaching. We'll explore differentiated education and see how easy it can be to deliver content to students at varying levels of literacy development. You'll also see how student learning centers can provide a valuable, real-world model of how content learning and literacy skill development can happen simultaneously in every classroom. 

In addition, you'll analyze your current teaching practices to identify the effective literacy development that you're already doing. We'll work together to adapt some of your favorite lessons to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language development. By the end of the course, you'll be confident in your ability to utilize the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st-century teacher!

Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator. 

 


About The Instructor

Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. She received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, she serves as a professor at National Louis University and an onsite professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Dr. McKnight regularly publishes in professional journals and is the author of many books including The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, and The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 5-12 (recipient of the 2013 Teachers' Choice Award).

 
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