rdng515 | Graduate

Diagnosis, Remediation, And Differentiated Instruction

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This course focuses on the assessment and correction of reading and writing difficulties in the K-12 classroom setting. Participants identify factors that affect reading performance, explore formal and informal literacy assessments, and examine strategies for the diagnosis and remediation of struggling readers and diverse learners with literacy difficulties. An additional focus is on differentiated instruction with an emphasis on phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Interest inventories, English language learner screening, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing screening, and spelling and writing assessment tools are also addressed.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Overview of Reading and Writing Difficulties

    • Identify the nature and incidence of reading and writing difficulties.
    • Describe the major cognitive, language, emotional, and physical factors involved in reading and writing difficulties.
    • Describe the role that social, cultural, family, economic, and educational factors play in a child’s literacy development.
    • Explain the unique challenges in diagnosing and supporting English language learners who struggle with literacy.

    Assessment, Placement, and Progress Monitoring

    • Identify principles of effective assessment, including those intended to identify reading difficulties.
    • Compare the purposes, distinguishing features, advantages and limitations of formal and informal literacy assessments.
    • Evaluate screening, progress monitoring, and benchmark assessments used to identify, place, and monitor struggling readers.
    • Identify principles and techniques for assessing English language learners.
    • Analyze tools and screening methods for use with students who see, hear, express, or process language in diverse ways.

    Phonemics, Phonics, and Fluency

    • Describe the purpose and uses for reading interest inventories as part of a balanced assessment program.
    • Identify assessments that can be used to evaluate a student’s phonemics, phonics, and fluency skills.
    • Analyze the impact of decoding difficulties on a struggling reader.
    • Select appropriate research-based strategies that could be used to support a student struggling with phonemics, phonics, and/or fluency.

    Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

    • Identify assessments that can be used to evaluate a student’s vocabulary and comprehension skills.
    • Explain the nature of vocabulary learning and principles of vocabulary instruction, giving consideration to the unique vocabulary needs of English language learners.
    • Plan a program for teaching vocabulary to struggling readers.
    • Design lessons that embrace major theories of comprehension and incorporate teaching techniques that foster comprehension.
    • Select appropriate research-based strategies that could be used to support students in developing vocabulary and building comprehension skills, including comprehension of content-area texts.

    Spelling and Writing

    • Identify assessments that can be used to evaluate a student’s spelling development and writing skills.
    • Compare effective programs for struggling writers.
    • Evaluate techniques and devices intended to support the development of spelling and writing.
    • Develop lessons that highlight the reading–writing relationship to reinforce the development of literacy skills.

    Intervention Programs and Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

    • Identify key components of effective classroom instruction that support struggling readers.
    • Evaluate instructional strategies and teaching models that support struggling readers, including English language learners.
    • Explain basic approaches to intervention, including response to intervention (RTI).
    • Critique major intervention programs and the principles upon which they are founded.
    • Incorporate models and methods of differentiated instruction into reading lesson plans and units.
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