Trends and Inquiry for the Reading Specialist – EDRS 652

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/09/2022

Course Description

This course focuses on evidence-based trends and inquiry related to components of an effective literacy program. Best practices in literacy instruction, assessment, and issues in literacy as well as leadership in these fields will be explored.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Effective leaders in literacy know how to connect foundational knowledge to evidence-based instruction, assessment, and curriculum. The focus of this course is to analyze issues and trends in literacy for diverse populations and to create a program to ensure literacy development for all students.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations.  After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

For these collaborative Discussions, the candidate will post a 400 word thread in response to the prompt provided and 2 replies of at least 150 words each to 2 other candidates’ threads. For each thread, assertions must be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Each reply must cite at least 1 source. Acceptable sources include websites assigned for the Discussions. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Weekly Assignments (7)

There will be weekly assignments based on literacy trends and issues. In answering the weekly assignments, the candidate must use all assigned readings and presentations from that module: week highlighting the key components and applying to literacy development. The length of each weekly assignment must be 3 to 5 pages in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Quiz: Professional Membership

Candidates will demonstrate leadership through their required professional membership in the International Literacy Association. The candidate will submit proof of membership in addition to providing proof of membership for his/her portfolio. Also, the candidate will submit proof of membership in a second literacy organization. (CLO: G)

Reflection Assignment

The candidate will complete a two-paragraph response reflecting on their progress in the Ideal Literacy Presentation answering questions posed in the assignment. (CLO: G)

Discussion: Final Presentation

The candidate will participate in a final discussion demonstrating the role of a literacy specialist. The final presentation of their Ideal Literacy Program will be attached and discussion will be generated about concepts, questions or concerns in the creation of the presentation.  Candidates reply to two other candidates and collaborate with experienced colleagues and peers to develop, reflect, and study their own and others’ teaching practices through the discussion. (CLO: A, B, C,, D, E, F, G)

Presentation of Ideal Literacy Program

The candidate will complete a PowerPoint presentation of 18–20 slides with references to the ILA Standards. The presentation should be created to present to other educators to lead them in understanding important components of an Ideal Literacy Program. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)