NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

Every Reader Engaged/Thriving K-5

EDUC 2000

In this course, you’ll learn the basics and beyond of creating a literacy environment where every student can truly thrive. You'll learn how to move from exhausted, uncertain or overwhelmed with trying to meet the diverse needs of your readers, to feeling energized, connected and confident that you can be the teacher every student you serve needs and deserves. It is possible for every reader to be engaged, empowered and thriving while you and your teaching practice thrive as well. Together we'll create a roadmap that guides you to do just that, one thoughtful and committed next step step at a time. It doesn’t matter if this is your first year of teaching or your 41st, if you're ready for next year to be your best year yet, then this course is for you. 


Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain four dimensions of a thriving reading life (book choice, healthy habits, strategic process, authentic response)
  2. Use environmental design of the classroom to meet the variable needs and optimal learning conditions
  3. Implement core classroom routines to nurture a community of readers (morning greeting, read aloud, choice independent reading, and responsive teaching)
  4. Empower students to become more self-directed through choice, growth mindset, positive messages, plans, and goals
  5. Implement and/or refine responsive teaching structures including responsive instructional formats, responsive lesson design, and responsive teaching moves.
  6. Identify simple practices for teacher-care and practice-care that can be embedded into our daily lives to be more focused, available, and equipped for the demands of the job.
  7. Design a personalized implementation plan (Kid-Centered Classroom Planning Map) to ensure the concepts of the course are carried forward into the coming academic year.

Student Required Resources:

Recommended Text: Simple Starts; Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom (Heinemann Publishing, 2015)

All other materials will be disseminated electronically.  Access to internet is critical.

The course content will be hosted on Teachable, an online learning platform.