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Helping Struggling Readers With Content-Area Learning†
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades 6–12
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6915
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
In today’s classroom, many students struggle to meet subject standards due to reading difficulties. This graduate-level course focuses on what you need to know about helping struggling readers, including how to identify and meet their needs. Discover what support resources are available to you as a content area teacher, such as parents and reading professionals. Learn research-based strategies for teaching struggling readers that will maximize your ability to help all of your students, particularly those who struggle, to read better and to master the content in your class.
- Learn how to evaluate a struggling learner.
- Analyze the relationship between students’ reading and content learning.
- Discover how to assess the needs of struggling readers and learners.
- Design a plan to use vocabulary and comprehension reading strategies in your classroom.
- Explore the benefits and challenges of working with parents, families, and community members to improve student reading and learning.
- Explore interventions that will help to improve reading, writing, and learning.
†Credits for up to four of these courses may be applied toward a Walden University M.S. in Education program. Please call 1-866-492-5336 and speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
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
Richard L. Allington, Ph.D.
Dr. Allington is the Irving and Rose Fien Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Special Education at the University of Florida at Gainesville. A research scientist with the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA), he has authored numerous articles and books and is the co-author of Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write.
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.
Linda Lambert, Ed.D.
Dr. Lambert is professor emeritus at California State University, Hayward, and president of Lambert Leadership Development. She has served as a teacher, principal, district director, and coordinator of leadership academies. Dr. Lambert is the author of The Constructivist Leader, Who Will Save Our Schools?, and Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Her major research areas involve constructivist leadership, leadership capacity, teacher leadership, school and system improvement, and women in leadership.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you.:
- Textbook: Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas, by Carolyn Chapman and Rita King
- Textbook: Improving Adolescent Reading: Findings from Research, by Deborah Davis with Jean Spraker and
- DVD: Helping Struggling Readers
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backp to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive
- Study guide: Helping Struggling Readers with Content Area Learning
- Course information packet
*For online fomat, 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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