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Readocity is proud to bring certified professional development courses with clock hour credits. You can take our courses on a computer or a mobile device. You will receive a certificate with your clock hour credits upon  successful completion of each course.

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D.

Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Professor, Literacy Instruction

Minnesota State University, Mankato 

aj@readocity.com

Courses Offered

COURSE 1: READING AND THE BRAIN (15 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview of how the brain creates meaning with print and to describe and demonstrate eight pedagogical strategies.

Course goals:
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. describe the salient processes related to creating meaning with print.
2. compare and contrast meaning-first vs. code-first approaches.
3. identify and implement new pedagogical strategies.
4. engage in a reflective analysis and response related to three pedagogical strategies.

COURSE 2: DIAGNOSTIC READING INVENTORY (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview how to use a Diagnostic Reading Inventory to diagnose reading deficit areas related to fluency, comprehension, and word identification.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. use a Diagnostic Reading Inventory (Informal Reading Inventory) to diagnose the cause of reading difficulties.
2. conduct a miscue analysis to identify word identification strengths and deficits.
3. conduct a running record to identify approximate reading levels.
3. assess comprehension using a maze and story retelling chart.
4. assess and document fluency using WPM or SPF assessments.

 

COURSE 3: WORD IDENTIFICATION (15 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview of strategies and instruction related to word recognition and word identification.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. understand how to teach word identification strategies.
2. design activities to develop all three cueing systems used to recognize words (semantic, syntactic, and phonological).
3. implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to recognize letter sounds and letter patterns.
4. teach the four word identification strategies (morphemic analysis, analogies, context, and phonics).
5. design activities and utilize pedagogical strategies to enhance student’s ability to recognize sight words.

COURSE 4: COMPREHENSION (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview of strategies and instruction related to comprehension.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. understand how to teach a cognitive process.
2. understand how schemata are used to create meaning.
3. implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to comprehend narrative text.
4. implement new strategies to enhance students’ ability to comprehend expository text.
5. design pre-reading activities to enhance students’ ability to comprehend narrative and expository text.

COURSE 5: FLUENCY (15 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview of reading fluency.

Course goals:
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. describe the importance of reading fluency.
2. implement strategies for assessment fluency.
3. identify and implement new pedagogical strategies related to fluency.
4. engage in a reflective analysis and response related to three pedagogical strategies.

 

COURSE 6: VOCABULARY AND SPELLING INSTRUCTION (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course is designed to provide an overview of learning related to word knowledge (vocabulary) and spelling.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to –
1. describe how words are learned.
2. identify and implement new pedagogical strategies related to vocabulary.
3. identify and implement new pedagogical strategies related to spelling.
4. engage in a reflective analysis and response related to three pedagogical strategies.

 

COURSE 7: VOLUNTARY READING, INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACHES, AND TEACHING WRITTEN EXPRESSION (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course examines voluntary reading, four instructional approaches to reading, and methods and strategies for teaching written expression.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. understand and critically evaluate the salient elements of four approaches to reading instruction.
2. design a literature-based and language experience reading lessons.
3. describe the importance of reading volume and voluntary reading.
4. design and implement strategies for promoting voluntary reading.
5. understand the basics of teaching writing.
6. design and implement new pedagogical strategies related to written expression.

 

COURSE 8: READING LESSONS, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, GRAMMAR, AND PUNCTUATION (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course demonstrates how to create scaffolded, guided, and shared reading experience lessons. It also describes how to infuse oral communication skills and study skill strategies within reading and other content areas. 

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. use the SRE format to design effective reading lessons.
2. design a shared reading experience lesson.
3. design a guided reading experience lesson to teach a skill.
4. design small group speech and listening skills activities.
5. design teacher-direct pre-reading activities to enable students to read a textbook.
6. use a variety of strategies to teach grammar and punctuation.

 

COURSE 9: ACTION RESEARCH FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (20 CLOCK HOURS) - $99

This course describes and demonstrates how to use action research for teacher professional development.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --

1. Understand the action research process.

2. Connect research-based ideas directly to classroom practice.

3. Design an action research proposal.

4. Implement an action research study to study some aspect of school or classroom practice.

COURSE 10: DYSLEXIA - SEVERE READING DIFFICULTIES (20 clock hours) - $99

This course examines dyslexia or severe reading disabilities from a psycholinguistic perspective,
and it describes the types pedagogical strategies and other elements that are appropriate for
reading instruction and interventions with this population.

Course goals:  
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --
1. understand the condition of dyslexia.
2. implement a variety of pedagogical strategies appropriate for students with dyslexia.
3. describe the type of reading instruction necessary for students with dyslexia.
4. describe the types of strategies used for reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
5.  design an appropriate intervention for students with dyslexia.

 

Why Educators Choose Readocity

I thoroughly enjoyed the Professional Development program and learned a great deal. I now include many of these strategies in my sessions, and not only can I see my students progressing, but they are actually enjoying themselves more. Sentence mix-up is a favorite of quite a few of them! Thank you very much.

Laura T., New York

Private Reading Tutor and Teacher for 13 years

Educators often think of technology as taking power away from teachers. But programs like Readocity can make teachers more powerful.

David R

Harvard Graduate School of Education as quoted in Edweek

You can see the benefits of using a platform like Readocity by the books our students were reading. Many of them were reading two levels about their grade level.

Jan P

The REAL Program as quoted in the Boston Herald

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