Course details

W 15, W 16, W 17, W 18
Course number
CI 510
Course title
Literacy Foundations Students Deserve
Course description

Discuss why students deserve rich literacy curriculum. Examine literacy practices in the areas of word recognition, comprehension, strategic knowledge, motivation, differentiation, and reading-writing connections through the lens of major theories and research. Implement these practices in your classroom or as a reading specialist.

Kimberly Skach
Instructor bio

Kimberly Skach, M.S., PSU Adjunct Instructor and Oregon Reading Specialist. Skach has been a Title 1 teacher and Literacy Coach in the David Douglas School District since 2000.. From 1986 – 1997 she was a National Workshop Developer, Senior Trainer and Editorial Consultant for The Wright Group Publishers. She is the author of Building a Balanced Literacy Program (The Wright Group) and has edited numerous teacher training manuals and professional resource materials. (BA, MS, Portland State University)


There are no prerequisites for this course.


1.1 Understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.

1.2 Understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.

1.3 Understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students’ reading development and achievement.

4.3 Develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.

6.4 Understand and influence local, state, or national policy decisions

Practical applications
Time commitment

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 assignments).


Readings will be assigned through International Reading Association E-ssentials books and articles.

Historical offerings