Content-literacy professional development focuses on the literacy and learning skills that form the foundation for present and future academic success. All children require many opportunities to read, write and think if they are to become strategic readers, proficient writers, and critical and creative thinkers. Through this professional development course, teachers will closely examine the nature and significance of literacy learning and the critical aspects of literacy development. It is designed to empower educators to make complex instructional decisions that connect theory, practices, and student achievement. Teachers will have an opportunity to develop shared beliefs and align those beliefs with research-based practices. Based on relevant and recent research, this professional development course offers a context for teachers to study, develop, share and learn effective methods of instruction to meet their student’s diverse interests and needs.
This is an intermediate level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Comprehending Informational Texts
Week 3: Building Background Knowledge
Week 4: The Importance of Vocabulary
Week 5: Creating Text Sets
Week 6: Questioning Strategies
Week 7: Writing and Content Connections
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.