The Literacy Toolbox Series is designed for all K-12 educators who want practical instructional tools and new creative teaching ideas to improve student literacy. This series introduces new teachers to literacy tools and ways to develop student literacy skills. K-12 educators explore a number of ways that literacy tools can be used. It also gives veteran teachers an opportunity to re-examine and/or diversify the literacy tools they currently use.
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Learn how the Science of Reading can impact your students’ success
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This course is a professional growth course for teachers that instruct reading, which focuses on blending two reading approaches–Phonics-based Reading and the Whole Language approach for a best reading strategy for the classroom.
Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.
Online course for K-12 educators who want to enhance student reading skills by adding real-world connections and technology to classroom activities.
Teaching for Concrete Comprehension K-12 is a three-unit independent study course designed for educators
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This course provides teachers with the creative use of scavenger hunts to build literacy skills with their students
This independent study 3-unit course will focus on these five parts of speech: nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and prepositions by using specific children’s books to creatively enhance teaching skills for Grades 1-5 teachers.
This 3-unit independent study professional growth course for K-6 teachers focuses on creative ways to teach English Language Arts skills by using children’s literature.
Online Three-Unit Course focused on Teaching Informational Text and Nonfiction for Grades 1-6 Classroom
This 3-unit professional growth course for Grades 1-6 teachers focuses on building vocabulary strategies creatively with students.
This course provides professional growth for K-6 teachers that focuses on creative strategies to teach writing, including incorporating mindfulness into the curriculum to improve student writing skills.
learning with literature course designed to help educators create meaningful lessons using children’s books
literacy toolbox course designed to help K-12 educators utilize literacy tools to promote student learning
Dynamic Vocabulary Instruction course designed to help K-12 educators examine literacy tools to promote learning and improve academic success
Engaging Students with Socratic Seminar is designed to help K-12 educators use Socratic seminar as a literacy tool to promote student learning
Inspiring Active Reading with Literature Circles is designed to help K-12 educators use literature circles as a literacy tool to promote student learning
Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:
Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.
How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:
Enroll in an individual course, or choose multiple courses in this series that fit your professional growth needs.
You can expect the following from the Independent Study Self-Paced course in this series:
You can expect the following from the Online Self-Paced courses in this series:
These courses are designed for Grade K-12 teachers that want to develop strategies to significantly improve the literacy skills of their students.
I have taken four courses through USD’s PCE program. My favorite was a 6-unit Curriculum Design class where I built a curriculum unit from the ground-up. I had feedback from the professor along the way and she helped me understand the design process.
I have also taken 3 courses in the Literacy Toolbox series, and enjoyed the all-online, self-paced aspect of the classes. The professor was quick to answer any questions and give feedback. These courses are ideal for educators who are already teaching full time!
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This series is to enhance anti-racism, diversity, inclusion and social justice in the classroom providing K-12 educators with the skills and knowledge on how to incorporate strategies into their teaching.
Character Education remains an essential but often overlooked discipline in today’s schools. This online Certificate program is designed to enhance your understanding and facilitation of teaching character to your students.