Course Curriculum

Here's what you'll learn...

  • 01

    Welcome to the course!

    • Meet Your Instructors

    • How to Use This Course

    • An Introduction to Best Practices

    • Before You Begin...

  • 02

    Module 1: Building Background


    • Rationale

    • This We Believe

    • Clarifying Some Terminology

    • What is Your Literacy History?

    • Reflecting on Our Literacy Histories: What Grows Readers?

    • What the Research Says About Effective Literacy Instruction

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 1

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 2

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 3

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 4

  • 03

    Module 2: Introduction to the Balanced Literacy Framework [Focus on Reading Instruction]


    • What Are the Balanced Literacy Components?

    • Balanced Literacy and the Gradual Release of Responsibility

    • Goals for Reading Instruction

    • Introduction to Read-Aloud

    • Introduction to Shared Reading

    • Introduction to Word Study

    • Introduction to Small Group Instruction

    • Introduction to Independent Reading

    • Let's Look at Balanced Literacy Through Another Lens

  • 04

    Module 3: Independent Reading


    • 2-Year-Old Bike Rider

    • What do readers need?

    • Just-Right Texts

    • Time

    • Choice

    • Access to Books

    • Book Access Bonus

  • 05

    Wrap Up

    • This We Believe...Revisited

Your Instructors


Annemarie has a passion for growing readers, cultivating writers, and empowering teachers! She has 33 years of teaching experience--15 years as an elementary teacher and 18 as a K-6 literacy specialist/consultant in schools across the U.S. and Canada. During 7 of those years, she served on Lucy Calkins' Units of Study Team (TCRWP) and for the past 18 years, she has been an instructor for the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). She is also the founder of www.Teacher2Teacher, a website of free resources for elementary teachers. Her goal is to provide engaging, practical, and relevant strategies that inspire teachers to grow lifelong readers and writers in their classrooms.

Annemarie Johnson

Literacy Specialist

Your Instructors


Jenna Furr spent the first seven years of her teaching career as a first-grade teacher. Jenna's classroom wasn't just a place for 6-year-olds to learn, but it also served as a lab classroom for her colleagues to observe reading and writing workshop. She found joy in teaching teachers and soon transitioned into a her district's Literacy Coach role supporting K-12 teachers across 7 schools. After taking a parenting leave to raise her three small children, Jenna was able to continue supporting teachers through literacy consulting opportunities. As a mother & teacher, Jenna is passionate about growing the love of reading and writing with her two favorite kinds of people…educators and children.

Jenna Furr

Literacy Specialist

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