Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

In this one graduate credit course participants will deepen their knowledge and practice of teaching writing in small groups. Through reading “Teaching Writing in Small Groups” by Jennifer Serravallo, implementing writing groups and practice, participants will better understand how to meet the demands of the CCRSL and improving students’ writing in their classroom. Course meetings will provide participants the opportunity to collaborate on literacy instructional strategies, focused on balanced literacy, while improving students’ performance in writing. The course activities will include engaging in a collaborative learning community with colleagues, collaborative co-planning, analyzing student performance, and reflecting on their own learning through a response journal. An artifact from the implemented writing groups and summary of the learning will be presented and submitted as a final journal response during the last week of the course.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

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

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What You Will Learn

  • Collaborate with school colleagues on implications for their instruction
  • Create quarterly professional goals and reflect on practices
  • Collaborate with at least one peer within their school complex on implementing writing groups and synthesize their understanding of teaching writing in small groups
  • Collaborate with colleagues sharing evidence of student learning, reflecting on student progress in writing and refining their instructional plans
  • Learn about and implement classroom structures that can be used to create literacy activities that are both challenging and meaningful


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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.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.