Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

READ 509: Field Experience in Literacy (3 credits)
This course is offered fall, winter, and spring terms as necessary.

Dr. Carol Lauritzen - Eastern Oregon University

Supervised experience in a school reading program. Contextualizes theoretical and research information in a school setting. The school placement, which should include some of the duties of a reading specialist, is arranged by the student but must have the approval of the instructor. Each field experience participant should meet (in person or electronically) with the instructor before beginning the field experience and then must make specific arrangement for the 90 clock hours of practicum time in a school setting.
PREREQUISITES This literacy practicum is for EOU ReadOregon candidates only. ED 583 is the practicum for EOU's regular reading endorsement program. You must have permission of the instructor to register for this practicum. The practicum may not be taken until a candidate has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework in literacy, including a course in leadership of school literacy programs and a course in assessment. Typically, the practicum is the final and capstone course of the literacy course of study. This practicum is restricted to students seeking a reading endorsement through Eastern Oregon University or the EOU ReadOregon program.
Document at least 90 hours of literacy-related activities within a school-based setting. This can include assessment and instructional time, working with parents and other teachers regarding student's reading and writing, or being involved in a community activity promoting literacy. This does not include planning time unless it involves collaboration with another professional.

Upon completion of the practicum, students can:
1. Demonstrate growth in ability to diagnose students' literacy levels, strengths and challenges using a variety of assessment tools.
2. Demonstrate growth in ability to plan and implement instruction appropriate to student need and developmental level
3. Become knowledgeable about structuring and implementing a school reading program and become knowledgeable about the roles of the reading specialist.
4. Work cooperatively with other teachers to promote the literacy learning of all students.
5. Interact with parents or community to promote literacy learning.
6. Be able to identify a challenge area in a school's literacy program and design a plan to make changes that will enhance students' literacy learning opportunities.
7. Be self-analytical and write reflectively about the practicum experience.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
IRA Standard 1: Foundational Knowledge
Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

IRA Standard 2: Curriculum and Instruction
Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

IRA Standard 3: Assessment and Evaluation
Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

IRA Standard 4: Diversity
Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.

IRA Standard 5: Literate Environment
Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.

IRA Standard 6: Professional Learning and Leadership
Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.
Candidates will identify a challenge area in a school's literacy program or in a classroom and design and implement a plan to make changes that will enhance student's literacy learning opportunities. Candidates will design experiences that will allow them to practice many diverse roles of a reading specialist.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate-level practicum is a university and TSPC requirement for teachers seeking a Reading Endorsement.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Carol Lauritzen, Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. Fourteen years of K-12 experience including 3 years as a classroom teacher and 11 years as a language arts specialist. (BA, University of Nebraska; MA, Ph.D., University of Missouri)
Teachers seeking a reading endorsement. Candidates must complete the practicum that is offered through their home institution.
90 hours of university-approved literacy fieldwork.
TEXTBOOK There is no textbook required for the practicum.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Karyn Gomez.

For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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