About the Course
This course is designed to further educate K-5 teachers with a background of evidence-based reading knowledge. Knowing that educators change grades regularly this course is sensitive to all educators' background knowledge as well as future application of coursework. Participants will gain knowledge through articles, videos, and podcasts. Participants will show their learning through weekly application assignments and quizzes that require application and reflection of the week’s content. Participants will collaborate with educators around the state of Colorado to share experiences and gain knowledge that align to the science of reading. Participants will receive many resources for explicit instruction for each component of reading, and will end the course with the creation of a READ Plan and final assessment.
Please note that this course has not received approval by the Colorado Department of Education to meet the READ Act Requirements.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will:
- Develop a thorough understanding of reading development theory.
- Gain knowledge of differentiated instruction and child development theories.
- Apply a variety of assessments including screening, diagnostic, outcome, and progress monitoring assessments.
- Interpret and utilize assessment data to plan for targeted instruction.
- Distinguish between the scientifically-based components and their relationship with literacy development.
- Develop a general understanding of phonology.
- Apply and plan for the explicit teaching of the structure of language, including in the areas of phonology, orthography, semantics, morphology, syntax, and discourse organization.
- Apply instructionally the knowledge of sequential and explicit phonics instruction.
- Recognize the role of fluency and vocabulary development in reading development.
- Discern the levels of comprehension.
- Explain the connection of handwriting, spelling, and written expression with the overall language development.
Leigh Ann Eucker
Leigh Ann Eucker is a Third Grade Teacher at Bethke Elementary School in Poudre School District who works with elementary students to help them grow and learn as an individual and a student. Leigh Ann believes that collaboration with educational professionals and specialists, along with partnering with parents/guardians, help lead to student success. Professional growth and learning are an important factor of a teacher’s success. COpilot allows opportunities for an educator to further develop their teaching practice.
Leigh Ann has been teaching at the elementary level for twelve years. She has been a lead teacher when her district adopted a new math program, has facilitated work around revising a math pacing guide for the district, and has been active in many building-wide committees including MTSS, Wellness, and SIT.
Leigh Ann holds a BA in Elementary Education from Lewis University and a MA in Currirculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University.
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.
Jeremiah Moore is a second grade teacher at Platte Valley Elementary who teaches students in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Jeremiah has been in the classroom for seven years and has come to realize that all educators have something to offer each other. Jeremiah knows well-developed professional development is something that is evidence-based and easily applicable in the classroom. Jeremiah knows education is the foundation of society, and the job of educators is to influence generations. Jeremiah has presented at the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference for two years on developing and sustaining an affective reading workshop model.
Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Teaching) and a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy, both from the University of Northern Colorado.