Several people have asked me about where they can learn more about effective reading practices. I highly recommend enrolling in the courses provided by my friends at TKL – Teach ‘N Kids Learn. TKL has courses open for everyone in every state however, it also has partnerships with several state school districts in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, California, New York and Ohio to name just a few. To name just a few, you can find courses here such as: Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension, Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom, and Helping the Struggling reader to name just a few of the ELA courses offered here for a very reasonable fee. You can also find high quality courses that will help you improve your skills in writing, math instruction, and creating classrooms that meet the needs of 21st Century learners. To learn more go to: http://teachnkidslearn.com/
Summer is a great time to refresh your skills or expand them. Annenberg Foundation has a great selection of free classes for teachers such as Learning how to help students in grades 3-5 engage with literature; expand writing skills in grades 9-12 or how to improve your teaching of reading. For those of you who teach other content areas in addition to literacy, there are also excellent choices in other content areas as well. You can view the workshops using their VoD technology and be ready to apply your new skills when you return to school in the fall. Check out their classes at Annenberg Foundation . If you need college credits, for a fee you can also earn college credits as well. These are informative and nicely designed classes that can definitely add to your professional knowledge over the summer.