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K-12 Professionals

Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

Learning to read is the key to academic success for all students. However, it is one of the most difficult skills to teach and learn. In this course, teachers will learn how to anticipate and teach the most common obstacles students face in the process of becoming fluent readers. Based upon the latest research and using response to intervention (RTI) techniques as a foundation, educators will learn how to improve their student’s decoding, fluency, comprehension, and writing skills for use in individual, small group and classroom instruction. Reproducible materials are provided to produce relevant, practical and accessible tools for immediate use in the classroom. Among some of the specific interventions that educators will learn include: increasing student motivation for reading and writing, increasing phonological awareness, improved techniques for learning sight and high frequency words, learning early concepts of print, increasing vocabulary and comprehension across all subject areas, and improving inferential skills using context cues and the student’s world knowledge. This class is appropriate for general education and special education teachers.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand the Interactive Strategies and Response To Intervention Approaches (RTI) to anticipate and alleviate difficulties students may have in learning to read.

2. Promote student interest and motivation in learning to read and write.

3. Improve student decoding skills through research based application of phonological awareness, letter-sound awareness, and a sound knowledge of the alphabetic code.

4. Improve word identification and high-frequency word learning for fluency and automaticity.

5. Develop interventions to increase comprehension and vocabulary development across all academic subjects.

6. Modify and implement reading intervention for individual, small group and classroom instruction.


Scanlon, D., Anderson, K., & Sweeney, J. (2010). Early intervention for reading difficulties: The interactive strategies approach. New York: Guilford Press.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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