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Virginia's PBS TeacherLine Course Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same.
National PBS TeacherLine Course Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same.
These courses have been approved for graduate credit through James Madison University at an additional fee of only $90 per credit hour. James Madison University graduate credit
Only one graduate credit for JMU. James Madison - 1 graduate credit
These courses have graduate credit available, but not through JMU. graduate credit - not through James Madison University
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An Introduction To Underlying Principles And Research For Effective Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8) - 45hr*

Children's Authors On The Web: Online Sites That Motivate Students To Write (Grades K-6)- 30hr

Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital Age *

Improving Reading Comprehension - 45hr*

Integrating Technology Into The Middle School Language Arts Curriculum - 30hr

Integrating Technology Into The Virginia K-2 Reading Curriculum - 30 hr

Raising Readers: Preparing Preschoolers For Success - 15hr

Teaching Reading Fluency- 30hr*

Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Emergent Readers - 45hr

Teaching Phonemic Awareness And Phonics (Grades PreK-3) - 45hr*

Teaching Phonics And Spelling For Beginning And Transitional Readers (Grades 1-3) - 45hr*

Teaching Reading In The Content Areas- 30hr*

Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge - 45hr*

Teaching Reading In Science - 30hr

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An Introduction To Underlying Principles And Research For Effective Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8) - 45hr

RDLA152

"Break down the developmental stages of literacy learning and explore research-based instructional strategies which will improve your teaching practice. This course will help you explore best practices for phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition instruction to build student skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Helping you to better meet the needs of your diverse classroom, the final session will bring to light the literacy needs of English language learners (ELL), students with learning disabilities, and other struggling readers.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-8

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA152.131 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA152.135 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 3/14/18 - Tue, 4/24/18 / Any

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Children's Authors On The Web: Online Sites That Motivate Students To Write (Grades K-6)- 30hr

RDLA125

This course, which is aligned to the new Common Core State Standards, uses a problem-based approach to teach the techniques of conducting an author study integrating Web 2.0 technology tools and children's literature sites to create immersive activities that engage, develop reading and writing skills, and are meaningfully integrated into the curriculum. Learn how to support reading and writing literacy with author studies in the classroom and motivate students to engage with literature. Create an author study to implement in the classroom.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades K-6

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA125 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled.

JMU credit available!

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Improving Reading Comprehension - 45hr

RDLA192

Understand the many factors affecting students' comprehension, and how to avoid the "fourth-grade reading slump". Implement active strategies for developing students' love of reading while building their comprehension of different types of texts. Bring narrative, expository, and multi-genre books to life for all students through student-collaboration projects, text maps, reading guides and Internet-based projects.

This course was formerly titled "Teaching Narrative and Expository Comprehension"

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available).

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades 4-6

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA192.55 PBS TeacherLine-National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA192.54 PBS TeacherLine-National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 3/14/18 - Tue, 4/24/18 / Any

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Integrating Technology Into The Middle School Language Arts Curriculum - 30hr

AKRDLA360

In the Information Age functional literacy has come to include the ability to participate in society through all kinds of traditional and electronic media. Middle school Language Arts embraces all of these facets of literacy by instilling a life-long love of reading and writing for many different audiences and purposes. The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) address these needs in terms of oral language, reading and literature, writing and research with a particular emphasis of the integration of technology into instruction. In this six-week course we will explore strategies and resources that transform the middle school Language Arts classroom into a vibrant, thriving, literate community of learners.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (0 graduate credit)

Audience: Middle School Language Arts Teachers

Cost:

WHRO Education Online Professional Development - Powered by WHRO and VSTE Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
AKRDLA360 WHRO Education Online Professional Development Course
Facilitator: Debbie Rollins
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled locally - If you would like to form a class with a minimum of 12, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Integrating Technology Into The Virginia K-2 Reading Curriculum - 30hr

AKRDLA330

Balance the basics! Balanced literacy brings together the strengths of systematic phonics instruction with the benefits of holistic reading experiences to address all the needs of the emergent reader. In this course you will be immersed in strategies that help your classroom blossom into an environment where all children can grow as readers.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (0 graduate credits)

Audience: Reading/Language Arts Teachers, Grades K-2

Cost:

WHRO Education Online Professional Development - Powered by WHRO and VSTE Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
AKRDLA330 WHRO Education Online Professional Development Course
Facilitator: Debbie Rollins
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled locally - If you would like to form a class with a minimum of 12, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Raising Readers: Preparing Preschoolers For Success - 15hr

RDLA051

This course focuses on preparing preschoolers for success by developing their early literacy skills. The theories and strategies presented are based on the latest early literacy research from Susan B. Neuman and Kathleen Roskos (2007). You'll learn to use this research as you plan meaningful early literacy-learning experiences. These activities build on preschoolers' prior knowledge, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen oral language development - providing them with the foundation for reading, writing, and future academic success. The course provides video examples, online interactives, and activities from PBS, and engages you and your colleagues in a collaborative learning experience.

Points/Credit Hours: 15 recertification points (0 graduate credit available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator)

Audience: Teachers, Grades Pre-K

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA051 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled.

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Teaching Reading Fluency- 30hr

RDLA195

A fluent reader is more confident and successful. Learn quantitative and qualitative techniques to assess and improve students' fluency, and discover ways technology can foster students' fluency progress. Apply practical, research-based strategies that leverage trusted PBS resources to help parents make the home-to-school connection. This course is also ideal for teachers who work with older, struggling readers. Content aligns with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 12.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades 2-5

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA195.65 PBS TeacherLine-National
Facilitator:
National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 3/14/18 - Tue, 4/24/18 / Any

JMU credit available!

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Teaching Phonemic Awareness And Phonics (Grades PreK-3) - 45hr

RDLA157

Bring the ideal balance of oral language, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, and written language to your language arts instruction. Study the stages of literacy development and practice assessing the performance of budding young readers. Learn to design instructional activities that strengthen students' skills in phonemic and phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondence, and phonograms.

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades PreK-3

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA157.153 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

JMU credit available!

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Teaching Phonics And Spelling For Beginning And Transitional Readers (Grades 1-3) - 45hr

RDLA167

Students need phonics instruction that will help them apply their knowledge and transfer their learning to a variety of literary situations. Solidify your awareness of developmental sequences in spelling as you learn to embed phonics and spelling instruction into a robust literacy curriculum. You will get an intricate look at each of the stages of spelling development, and carefully examine the lessons you put in front of students at the most critical times. A rich syllabus will support you as you gain foundational knowledge and explore research-based instructional activities designed to improve student’s word-solving strategies. Readings and articles will help you evaluate digital resources specifically created to support phonics instruction, and guide you as you think of ways to integrate these tools into your lessons. You will come to understand the vital role of assessment in high-quality instruction, and familiarize yourself with assessment practices that allow for optimal differentiation within a classroom setting. The course will help you gain insight into characteristics of diverse learners – both English language Learners, as well as struggling readers – and learn how to address the specific needs of these students. Through readings, interactive activities, journal reflections and discussion questions, you will have the chance to collaborate with others while consistently being given the opportunity to reflect on your own accumulation of knowledge. The final project for the course will allow you to “show what you know” as you develop a series of standards bearing phonics lessons for a student in a case study. You will leave this course with a much deeper understanding of how spelling development and phonics instruction intertwine in the evolution of your students as readers and writers, and also with a wealth of resources to implement in your own classroom

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades 1-3

Cost:

PBS TeachereLine National Online | Download Syllabus[PDF]
RDLA167.90 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

JMU credit available!

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Teaching Reading In The Content Areas- 30hr

RDLA340

Give your students the tools they need to be active and engaged readers across all grade levels and content areas. In this course, you will learn how to create a successful classroom environment that supports effective reading techniques and habits. Your course assignments will build upon essential techniques that support independent reading and learning, such as identifying opportunities for students to access prior knowledge, setting a purpose for reading, organizing and summarizing ideas, taking notes, and reflecting on new understandings.

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) James Madison University graduate credit

Audience: Teachers, Grades 3-12

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA340.236 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 3/14/18 - Tue, 4/24/18 / Any

JMU credit available!

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Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge - 45hr

RDLA172

Design more effective lesson plans by learning to evaluate your students' word knowledge and to incorporate vocabulary instructional strategies. Explore the role of vocabulary knowledge in the relationship between the written vocabularies of reading and writing, and the oral vocabularies of listening and speaking. Evaluate how your instructional practices align with National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) standards and your state's standards.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available).

Points/Credit Hours: 45 recertification points (3 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Teachers, Grades PreSchool-2

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA172.47 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

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Teaching Reading In Science - 30hr

RDLA130

Help students unravel the mysteries and complexities of scientific concepts by training them to approach science texts in new ways. Learn effective strategies to help your students become independent readers and learners as they navigate science texts such as arranging ideas, understanding text organization, setting goals for reading, making meaningful connections, and persevering through challenging materials. This course aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Communication Standards.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available).

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Reading/Language Arts & Science Teachers, Grades 3-12

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA130 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Not currently scheduled

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Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital Age- 30hr

RDLA400

Reading is power! Reading has the potential to fill students with emotion, take them on exciting adventures, and open doors to higher learning and understanding. Through teacher blogs, author videos, articles, discussions, and collaborative peer-to-peer projects, you will learn ways to support and motivate young readers to read within and beyond your classroom! This course provides specific strategies to ignite students’ interests. You will discover the best digital reading technologies (e-Books), how to use them with your students and integrate them into your curriculum. You will learn how to use a wealth of online resources and tools to inspire a love of reading through authentic experiences, such as reading interest surveys and personal reading goals.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available).

Points/Credit Hours: 30 recertification points (2 graduate credits available for extra cost after start of course-enrollment instructions will be sent to you by the facilitator) graduate credit - not through James Madison University

Audience: Reading/Language Arts & Science Teachers, Grades K-12

Cost:

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA400.20 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 1/17/18 - Tue, 2/27/18 / Any

Virginia PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from Virginia. Virginia standards and issues are addressed. National PBS TeacherLine courses are taught by instructors from various states and are open to educators from across the country. In both cases the basic course content is exactly the same. Online | Download Syllabus [PDF]
RDLA400.21 PBS TeacherLine- National
Facilitator: National PBS TeacherLine Facilitator
Date/Time: Wed, 3/14/18 - Tue, 4/24/18 / Any

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