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Red Arrow Comprehension: The Key to Successful Reading (K-3)

Do you have students who read all the words correctly and then have no idea what they just read? This online course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. The course begins by offering three different options for assessing comprehension. Then, teachers are introduced to a wealth of strategies that improve and support a reader’s comprehension. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, questioning techniques, text structure, guided reading, and reciprocal teaching.

Red Arrow Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades (4-12)

Do your good readers struggle to comprehend content area material? This online course focuses on strategies that help comprehension in the middle and upper grades. Content area reading becomes more difficult as students enter the middle grades. Typically students are not prepared to approach more sophisticated types of text and need specific skills and strategies to aid their comprehension. This course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, SQ3R, SEARCH, cloze procedure, maze technique, questioning techniques, text structure, guided comprehension, and self-assessment.

Red Arrow Content Area Literacy: Nonfiction Books in the K-3 Classroom (K-3)

Why do excellent readers often struggle when they are exposed to nonfiction books and text? This online course focuses specifically on content area nonfiction in the primary grades. Students tend to approach content text the same way they approach literature. Students need to learn how to read content material. This course provides practical strategies teachers can use for integrating nonfiction, informational books into the K-3 classroom as a valuable supplement to classroom textbooks. With a focus on how to teach expository reading skills, the course also covers comprehension, text structure, and strategic reading instruction.

Red Arrow Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers (PreK-2)

Do you want strategies for teaching the foundational skills of reading? This online course focuses on developing a child’s phonemic awareness to prepare him or her to be a successful reader. The course begins with phonemic awareness assessment options. Based on the assessment results, you can determine which strategies are most appropriate for each student. Instructional strategies presented in the course include rhyming, alliteration, onset and rime, syllable segmentation, and many more.

Red Arrow Focus on Phonics (K-3)

Do your students lack basic phonics skills? This online course focuses on effective ways to teach students to decode unknown words. Phonics basics will be emphasized along with specific ways to help students who are struggling in this area. Using context clues and structural analysis as a means of decoding will also be introduced. Teachers also learn how to use the making words strategy and reader’s workshop approach.

Red Arrow The Fundamentals of Teaching English Language Development (K-5)

Do you know how to effectively teacher your second language learners? This online course is designed for teachers who have little or no background teaching English language learners (ELLs). It provides teachers with an overview of the fundamentals of teaching English Language Development (ELD), including the types of programs for English language learners, theories of language acquisition, approaches to teaching a second language, the stages of language acquisition, and the dynamics of English language development in the classroom.

Red Arrow Implementing the Kindergarten Common Core Literature Standards (K)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the kindergarten Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the kindergarten level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the kindergarten level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Implementing the First Grade Common Core Literature Standards (1)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the first grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the first grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the first grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Implementing the Second Grade Common Core Literature Standards (2)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the second grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the second grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the second grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Implementing the Third Grade Common Core Literature Standards (3)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the third grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the third grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the third grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Implementing the Fourth Grade Common Core Literature Standards (4)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the fourth grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the fourth grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the fourth grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Implementing the Fifth Grade Common Core Literature Standards (5)

Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the fifth grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the fifth grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the fifth grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists.

Red Arrow Instructional Approaches for Literacy Development (PreK-3)

Are you looking for fun ways to engage your emergent or early readers and writers? This online course addresses emergent literacy skills for grades PreK-3. The instructional strategies focus on early reading and writing strategies for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum, the connection to oral language, the development of reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Assessment strategies and techniques will be thoroughly discussed. Strategies for working with struggling readers are also included.

Red Arrow Introduction to the Common Core State Standards (K-12)

Do you want to understand and learn how to implement the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? This online course takes teachers on an in-depth tour of the Standards. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core State Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of what each standard means. Teachers also gain valuable guidance and procedures for implementing the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.

Red Arrow Mastering the Challenge of Text Complexity in Grades 4-8 (4-8)

Are you struggling to help your students master text complexity for your grade level? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through eight who are interested in learning the best practices for helping their students master text complexity. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards in reading literature and informational texts. Course participants learn strategies for assessing text complexity, asking and answering text-dependent questions, using textual evidence, teaching important Common Core-related vocabulary building strategies, and helping students learn how to read closely.

Red Arrow A New Approach to Spelling Instruction (K-6)

Is spelling the most boring subject you teach? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to teach essential spelling skills to their students. Spelling is an essential and complex skill and an important component of the overall language arts curriculum. Instead of looking at spelling as a memorization process, spelling should be thought of as a building block of literacy development. Teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities!

Red Arrow Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments (K-12)

Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments.

Red Arrow Reading Interventions for Middle Grade Students (4-8)

Do you have readers in your class that are one to four years behind grade level?  This online course provides teachers with strategies for helping students with reading difficulties. Topics addressed in the course include assessment and diagnosis of reading difficulties, differentiation strategies, fluency skills, vocabulary development, and cognitive reading strategies. Teachers learn how to help all students become better readers with improved comprehension skills.

Red Arrow Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills (4-12)

Why do excellent early readers often begin to struggle when they hit the middle grades? This online course answers that question and provides solutions as well. Students tend to approach content text the same way they approach literature. Students need to learn how to read content material. Teachers will learn how to develop active instructional strategies that facilitate student acquisition and development of reading skills in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension strategies that work.

Red Arrow Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades (4-8)

Are you interested in learning the whys, whats, and hows of implementing a reader's workshop approach in your classroom? In this online course, teachers learn how to administer a variety of assessments to help establish flexible reading groups. Teachers also learn strategies to successfully implement the reading workshop approach such as differentiation strategies, independent work strategies, independent reading ideas, as well as tips and hints for record-keeping and management.

Red Arrow Response to Intervention in Reading (K-6)

Do you need strategies to help your struggling readers? This online course is designed for teachers who are beginning to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. The course content is based on current best-practices research. Topics addressed in the course include an overview of RTI, using multiple and varied assessments, the big 5 ideas in reading, and interventions for struggling readers.

Red Arrow Teaching Struggling Readers: Identification, Intervention, and Remediation (K-3)

How many of your students struggle when reading grade-level material? This online course focuses on initial and early identification of struggling readers and then specific intervention strategies based on the specific skill deficit. Course content also includes strategies for English language learners and special education students. All five key literacy elements are addressed in the course including: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Red Arrow Using Children's Literature in the Classroom (K-12)

Do you love using children’s books in your classroom? Do you want to find out about excellent new books and fun ways to use them in your classroom? This online course focuses on the best children’s books available to use in all four content areas. Fun and educational ideas for using children’s literature will be shared. If you love children’s books….don’t miss this class!

Red Arrow Vocabulary Instruction for Improved Reading Skills (4-12)

Do your students have a limited vocabulary? This online course focuses on how to improve students' vocabulary in the middle and upper grades. The course begins with options for vocabulary assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction and select appropriate and effective instructional strategies. Strategies presented include word roots, semantic feature analysis, categorization, analogies, concept maps, traditional resources, and cloze procedure to name just a few.

Red Arrow Word Play: Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Grades (K-3)

Are you looking for ways to rapidly grow your students' vocabulary?This online course focuses on how to improve students' vocabulary in the primary grades. The course begins with options for vocabulary assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction and select appropriate and effective instructional strategies. Strategies presented include word awareness, sight words, semantic feature analysis, categorization, figurative language, concept maps, traditional resources, and cloze procedure to name just a few.

Red Arrow Young Adult Literature in the Classroom (4-12)

Are you trying to incorporate more quality literature into your curriculum? This online course focuses on strategies for teaching literary elements using young adult novels. Specific definitions, strategies, and activities will be shared for teaching critical literary elements such as character development, setting, plot, symbolism, point of view, and style. Resources for selecting quality young adult novels will also be shared.

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