Friday, August 17, 2018

SOE offers online course in Disciplinary Literacy

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Why and how do historians read and write, and what exactly do they read and write?  What about biologists, or mathematicians, or architects?  How do scholars and experts in specific disciplines develop and communicate knowledge, and how do we best prepare young people to learn and participate in these academic disciplines? These are just some of the questions taken up and addressed by a new online course on disciplinary literacy instruction developed at the School of Education.

Disciplinary literacy instruction—teaching students to become proficient thinkers, readers, and writers in different academic disciplines—has been shown to support students’ literacy achievement and increase their access to deeper content knowledge. SOE is now debuting a course, developed in partnership with Teach Away, a provider of online professional development courses for teachers, to train educators in disciplinary literacy instructional practices.

Leveraging the expertise of Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje and Dr. Darin Stockdill, Instructional and Program Design Coordinator, Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER), teachers around the world will have access to the tools, knowledge, and strategies needed to successfully develop students' reading and writing capabilities in different disciplines.

While the course is geared toward secondary school teachers, any educator will find value in the course’s methods for improving student learning. Course participants receive a professional certificate upon course completion, and may earn continuing education credits.

In recognition of the course’s launch, all participants are invited to enroll with a 20% discount through August 23.

Elizabeth Birr Moje is George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education

Darin Stockdill is Instructional and Program Design Coordinator

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