Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


READ 556: Literacy and Cultural Competence, K-12 (3 cr)
Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Fall 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Winter 2014
Winter 2014 (01/06/14 - 03/21/14)

Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Western Oregon University

Learners will explore strategies of K-12 literacy development for diverse learners (ELL, various ethnicities, low socio-economic status, and other marginalized groups) through the application of culturally responsive methods of teaching and learning. Learners will discover how culturally sensitive teaching increases student efficacy and success.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to K-12 students.
Readings from textbook and Internet with postings to discussion board; classroom-based assignments for K-12 students with results report; Internet-based research; culminating project with annotated bibliography.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
4.3 Candidates develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.
5.2 Candidates design a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students' opportunities for learning to read and write.
Learners will explore bias in the curriculum and in the classroom and will learn strategies for creating supportive multicultural learning communities. Learners will implement literacy strategies successful with culturally different students, reflect on results, and report these to the rest of the class.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 core or elective credits in the Literacy for Diverse Learners thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Assistant Research Professor, The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University. Fifteen years as an elementary school teacher, 5 years developing materials and teaching English for Business Purposes, 10 years teaching university courses, and 4 years in the OUS Chancellor's Office working on distance education and teacher education initiatives. (B.A., University of Michigan; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Oregon State University)
K-12 teachers interested in the importance of cultural competence to the efficacy of their students' learning.
Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Learners have their choice of one of four textbooks from which key understandings are shared with fellow learners who are reading a different main text.
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 Bonnie Morihara.

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

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