Understanding the Science of Foundational Reading Skills
About the Course
Learn how foundational reading skills are an integral part when learning how to read. Apply this knowledge to your classroom whether you are a general education teacher in a primary classroom, teach intervention for struggling readers or are an intermediate or secondary teacher working with students who are facing difficulties with reading proficiency. Teachers will participate in weekly assignments and have the opportunity to collaborate with others. Learn the 'why' behind teaching reading fundamentals and how you can respond to individual student needs appropriately in any setting.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain the Simple View of Reading
- Analyze between reading science and educational practice
- Apply resources and strategies to specific teaching setting and student needs
- Identify strategies to assist multi-lingual learners
Rachel Graham is the MTSS Coordinator for Estes Park Elementary who works with teachers within her school and across the district to increase student achievement. This includes implementing academic and behavior intervention plans, support for English Language learners and support for gifted learners. In addition, Rachel provides instructional support for teachers, is the Internal Coach for Reading Corps and the leader of several Professional Learning Communities throughout the district. After spending almost twenty years in education, Rachel is very much in tune with what it’s like to be in the classroom day to day and what educators need to be successful.
Rachel started as an elementary classroom teacher and rose to a leadership position in her school district after being recognized for her successes in the classroom, working with fellow colleagues and taking on opportunities to give voice to teachers at the state level. She recently served on the READ Plan Working group that concluded with recommendations to the State Board of Education and legislature. Rachel is also a National Board Certified teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.
Rachel holds a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education and a MA in Reading, both from the University of Northern Colorado.