In middle and high school, students encounter increasingly more difficult and complex texts in their content classes. They require many opportunities to read, write and think if they are to reach high levels of learning. Secondary (6-12) educators in the content areas must be knowledgeable teachers who can provide instruction that will help students become proficient readers and writers in the disciplines. Through this professional development, 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 offers a context for teachers to study, develop, share and learn effective methods of instruction to meet their student’s diverse interests and needs.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Background Knowledge of Literacy
Week 3: Curriculum and Instruction
Week 4: Assessment and Evaluation
Week 5: Diversity
Week 6: Literate Environment
Week 7: Professional Learning and Leadership
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.
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.