These courses are on-demand and self-paced. Participants will receive a certificate of completion once all assignments are successfully completed, and a quiz is passed with at least 80%.

This course is appropriate for instructional coaches, department chairs, team leaders, curriculum specialists, and teacher mentors. Instructional coaching is an innovative and effective method for supporting teachers, especially successful when focused on student achievement. Using the Sweeney (2011) student-centered approach, participants will be taken through the steps and processes for effective coaching in both teaching and leadership. Through job-embedded projects, practice with and use of feedback protocols along with other strategies, participants will learn how to intentionally apply a host of coaching strategies as they work within their respective roles. All approaches taught and practiced with have a record of success in building self-esteem, moving up teacher effectiveness, and most important: improving student achievement.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and support teacher effectiveness.
  • Interpret specific teacher strengths and gaps in order to help develop and support an intervention plan.
  • Through job-embedded application, cultivate and sustain teacher professional growth using effective coaching models.

This course is 20 hours

Participants will be introduced to sound and scientific research as it promotes literacy across all content areas to help students build foundational skills across reading, writing, speaking and listening. Teachers will learn how to scaffold student learning through the application of research-based reading instruction to include and integrate the six components of reading: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Participants will learn the scaffolds behind each approach that aid students in the important transition process across all content areas. Intentional, consistent, and rigorous teaching of reading and writing strategy that improves student achievement will engage the 90/90/90 principled approach to consistently streamline curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment. Participants completing this course will embed field-tested implementation tools to into planning, preparation, and implementation.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Plan and practice with strategy and implementation across specific content areas.
  • Acquire and use the skills needed to effectively teach reading comprehension in primary grades with an understanding of the oral and written language that facilitates it through phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics as they relate to comprehending print.
  • Restate and articulate the importance and function of research-based receptive and expressive vocabulary instruction to include semantics, domain specific vocabulary (academic vocabulary), and morphology as it relates to vocabulary development.
  • Embed the research behind vocabulary instruction, and its role in students’ overall understanding of word meanings, repeated practice, and comprehension of print in planning documents.
  • Scaffold research-based strategy as it builds student reading muscle through writing practice, teacher modeling, and guided practice using applied principles of research-based reading strategy, particularly for text readability, complexity, coherence, structure, and overall comprehension for native speakers of English as well as English language learners.
  • Plan and prepare to teach using research-based strategy to move their students along a continuum of reading success as it builds reading muscle.
  • Plan and practice with numerous formal and informal assessment approaches for comprehension, using data to make informed decisions with which to meet the individual needs of students.
  • Use research-based literacy strategy in lessons for rigorous application and implementation.
  • Use new strategies for rigor in reading and writing across all subject areas.
  • Plan and practice with the scaffolding of research-based methods, strategies, and field-tested tools for classroom implementation to aid all learners across all content areas.

This course is 60 hours