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Supporting the Struggling Reader®
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades K–6
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6913
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
With today’s higher literacy standards, struggling readers are becoming increasingly more common. Current research indicates that pulling struggling readers out of the classroom for additional support has not been successful in accelerating literacy development, and, in fact, the classroom teacher remains a key factor for student success. With this graduate-level course, you will learn several concepts and strategies for developing your literary instruction expertise so that you are better prepared to work with struggling readers in your classroom.
- Identify risk factors and methods for diagnosing common reading difficulties.
- Explore and implement research-based intervention strategies to advance literacy development.
- Learn ways to motivate reluctant readers and foster a value for reading.
- Collect and analyze assessment data on struggling readers, and make appropriate instructional decisions based upon this information.
- Help prepare struggling readers for high-stakes assessments.
- Discover how to maximize support from parents and specialists.
Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Linda Gambrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Gambrell is professor and director of the School of Education at Clemson University. She was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center, where she directed the Literacy Motivation Project. Dr. Gambrell received the International Reading Association’s (IRA) Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award. She has written extensively on reading instruction and literacy motivation and is the author of Lively Discussions: Fostering Reading Engagement.
Donald Leu, Ph.D.
Dr. Leu is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of technology and literacy, and he writes a column for The Reading Teacher about the application of technology in literacy instruction. He holds the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Leu is the co-author of Effective Literacy Instruction: K–8 and Teaching with the Internet: Lessons from the Classroom, as well as the author of numerous journal articles and books.
Dorothy S. Strickland, Ph.D.
Dr. Strickland is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to her appointment at Rutgers, Dr. Strickland was a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received numerous awards and honors in her distinguished career in literacy education, including Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts from the National Council of Teachers of English.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you:
- Textbook: Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers, by Dorothy S. Strickland, Kathy Ganske, and
Joanne K. Monroe
- DVD: Supporting the Struggling Reader
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive
- Study guide: Supporting the Struggling Reader
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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