Focus on Teaching: Applying Tier 1 Strategies in Secondary Literacy Classrooms

1-2 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

Teachers will engage in an active research study of their own practice in the secondary literacy classroom in an effort to improve student engagement. Teachers will be introduced to multiple "Tier 1" instructional strategies that are intended to improve student discourse and inquiry. From those options, teachers will select one strategy to try with students, videotape themselves in the classroom, and then reflect on their own success with the new strategy, as well as their students' engagement and learning. Teachers will participate in this active research cycle once for 1 semester hour of credit or twice for 2 semester hours of credit.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 - 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours. Please choose the correct section. 

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA Educators.

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What You Will Learn

  • Analyze professional text to make connections between "best practice" and current practice
  • Identify and utilize effective "Tier 1" strategies in the literacy classroom
  • Reflect on both teacher practice and student work product to determine the effectiveness of a teaching strategy


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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