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CE Course Description
Students with a learning disability in reading are likely to have deficits in phonics and fluency. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the Graduate Student Research at Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW, is to investigate the use of research-based strategies to assist students with these deficits. A literature review addressing reading components and specific concerns for learning disabled students is presented as well as current practices used by teachers. In addition, a handwork with hands-on activities that are classroom ready is included.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the benefits of using research-based strategies and practices in classroom settings.
2. Discuss characteristics and prevalence of learning disabilities among U.S. students and how deficits in phonics and fluency impact those with a disability in reading.
3. Investigate teachers’ understanding and implementation of evidence-based based reading strategies.
4. Identify the five components of reading that require specialized attention in the classroom.
5. Review assessment instruments that can be used determine student's strengths and weakness in phonics, decoding skills, and fluency.
6. Evaluate specific teacher-friendly phonics and fluency strategies.
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