Collaborating groups: Rainier, St. Helens, Gresham-Barlow, and Molala school districts, among others.
Faculty contact: Ruth Shagoury
Regardless of what subject or grade level educators teach, literacy skills are central to understanding content. We offer districts a professional development opportunity to enhance their literacy instruction through a series of classes offered in a flexible, on-site program. Lewis & Clark’s Language and Literacy Program applies a dynamic view of literacy to reading and writing instruction in the schools. Our course of study is theoretically based on the national standards from the International Reading Association and the National Council for Teachers of English; this research-based program stresses that reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all language processes. We take an integrated approach to the teaching of these skills.
The courses lead to a Reading Endorsement, allowing candidates to teach reading at all four levels of licensure (early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school). The program requires 14-15 semester hours and can be offered in a flexible time frame.