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ELA/Literacy Shifts in Elementary Grades

The Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy will look familiar to elementary teachers, but the increased emphasis on reading informational text, using text-based questions, and teaching academic vocabulary signify a shift in instruction. What does this mean for your classroom?

About This Course

For elementary teachers many of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy will look familiar, but the increased emphasis on reading informational text, using text-based questions, and teaching academic vocabulary may represent a shift instruction in reading, writing and speaking.

In this course, teachers will learn about the design and structure of the ELA/Literacy Standards, and how these standards represent shifts in three instructional areas: helping students build strong content knowledge through an increase in informational text; reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text; and regular practice with complex text and academic language.

Course activities include learning about the three major shifts reflected in the standards, viewing videos and reading articles related to the shifts, and applying this learning to practice. A course portfolio provides an opportunity to revisit key ideas, strategies, and reflections during and after the course.


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Course Staff

Kim Austin

Kim Austin develops research-based content bridging research and instructional practice for the Doing What Works project. For the past three years she has developed and facilitated online courses for charter school teachers focused on secondary reading. Prior to joining WestEd, Kim developed video cases and courses on learning theory and instruction, supported teachers in creating communities of learning in their classrooms, and facilitated Reciprocal Teaching reading groups in elementary school.

Pamela Fong

Pamela Fong focuses on issues of literacy, school reform, college readiness, and Common Core State Standards in her qualitative research and content development at WestEd. As a professional developer for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, Pamela developed modules and led professional development on Reading Apprenticeship, a framework and research-based pedagogical approach for teaching literacy in middle and high school content-area classrooms. Prior to WestEd, she taught curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco, academic reading and writing at the University of California at Berkeley, and high school English.

Kim Austin, Pamela Fong
Course Code: ELA101E
Course Release: Jun 27, 2014
Estimated Effort: 15 Hours

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