Professional Development Institute
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Do you ever wonder what you can do to help young students gain a better foundation in reading? This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundation skills into their everyday practice. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of such concepts as phonics, decoding, sight words, vocabulary, and fluency, just to name a few. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their students with learning how to read and will have gained valuable classroom ideas to incorporate these skills into their everyday teaching. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.
"I thought the content and resources from this course were amazing. I will be incorporating many new strategies into my instruction." - Tamara Moskowitz
Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.
“The Fluent Reader” by Timothy Rasinski
If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List
Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus
PDI Course Number: 82T02
UCSD Course Number: EDUC41676