Counselors, school psychologists and speech language pathologists must be knowledgeable educators who can support teachers as teachers provide instruction that will help students become proficient readers and writers in the content areas. Through this professional development, counselors, school psychologists and speech language pathologists will closely examine the nature and significance of literacy learning and the critical aspects of literacy development. The course is designed to provide the information necessary for these professionals to support teachers as they make complex instructional decisions that connect theory, practices, and student achievement. Participants 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 participants to study, develop, share and learn effective methods of instruction to meet students’ 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.