EDPA 301: Best Practices for Teaching Literacy

April 8, 2024 - June 16, 2024

Instructor: Alyson Spearin 


Course Description:

Teachers, literacy specialists, interventionists and educational technicians will consider best practices in delivering and reinforcing literacy instruction. This course considers foundational literacy knowledge with practical application for Pre-K through elementary school classrooms.

Materials Required: 

Barone, D. M., & Mallette, M. H. (2013). Best practices in early literacy instruction. The Guilford Press.  This is available as a Kindle book or paperback.  The most inexpensive way to purchase it is on the publisher’s website: https://www.guilford.com/books/Best-Practices-in-Early-Literacy-Instruction/Barone-Mallette/9781462511563).

Other resources will be published in Google Classroom.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for best practices in literacy.  Participants will:

Understand and apply the concepts and strategies for improving literacy instruction with their students

  1. Develop a plan of action to apply what they have learned for effective literacy instruction

Topics Included in Course:

  • Influences on Literacy Development
  • Parent Involvement Supporting Early Literacy Achievement: Best Practices        for Bridging the Home and School Environments
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Building Oral Language in Preschool: Prerequisites for Literacy
  • Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Lessons Learned from Reading Recovery
  • Supporting Language and Literacy Development in Quality Preschools
  • Materials and Texts
  • Early Literacy Development in the Digital Age
  • What, When, and How Electronic Media Can Be Used in an Early Literacy Classroom
  • New Perspectives on Literature for Young Children
  • Read All About I.T.! Informational Text in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Reconceptualizing Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Phonological Awareness and Alphabet Knowledge: The Foundations of Early Reading
  • Reading to Learn from the Beginning: Comprehension Instruction in the Primary Grades
  • Best Practices in Oral Vocabulary Instruction
  • Real Books, Real Reading: Effective Fluency Instruction for Striving Readers
  • Best Practices in Early Writing Instruction
  • Strengthening Play in Early Literacy Teaching Practice
  • Intervention and Assessment
  • “How Am I Doing?”: Students’ Perceptions of Literacy and Themselves
  • The Interactive Strategies Approach to Early Literacy Intervention
  • An Evidence-Based Approach to Response to Intervention

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