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Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application (hybrid)

Date: 5:00pm PST February 5, 2018 Location: Linwood Elementary, 11909 SE Linwood Ave. Portland, OR 97222

Linwood Elementary, 11909 SE Linwood Ave. Portland, OR 97222

Join Lewis & Clark’s Reading Intervention Endorsement Cohort for Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application—a new cohort is forming now in North Clackamas! Our Reading Intervention Endorsement coursework applies a dynamic view of literacy to reading and writing instruction in schools, building upon the belief that language—in all its richness of form and function—is the foundation from which effective literacy evolves. This course will meet off-campus and is offered at a special cohort-based off-campus tuition rate.

Endorsement Coursework Information

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Upcoming Course in Cohort Sequence

READ 614 Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application (Spring 2018): This course provides in-depth exploration of current models and trends in reading comprehension and its cognitive and linguistic components. Students will read widely from professional journals, explore and reflect on their personal reading processes, and do theoretical and practical projects to further their understanding. Students will examine factors that contribute to reading difficulty (from early childhood through adulthood), as well as important issues and questions about standardized testing, observational diagnostics, readability formulas, and the effectiveness and theoretical validity of published programs.

Course Details & Registration

Dates & Times: Mondays, February 5, 26, March 12, April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
Location: Linwood Elementary, 11909 SE Linwood Ave. Portland, OR 97222
Instructors: Sarah Dunkin, MAT, Jennifer Kempf-Burkart, MEd
Degree-applicable credit: READ 614, 3 semester hours, $1,803. To register or with questions, contact Erin Ocon at

Please check the Lewis & Clark Bookstore for information regarding required textbooks.

Course # Course Title Semester
READ 614 Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application Spring 2018: Feb 5-May 28
READ 625 Assessing Reading Strategies* Fall 2018
READ 634 Language Acquisition and Development* Spring 2019
READ 620 Innovations in Reading* Fall 2019
  Elective Course** Spring 2020: Jan-April

 * Optional During these Terms: READ 621: Reading Practicum

** Sample Courses: Literature for Children and Adolescents, Children’s Writing, Courses offered through the Northwest Writing Institute

About the Instructors

Jennifer Burkart is an Instructional Specialist in the Beaverton Public School District as well as an adjunct professor for the both Reading Endorsement and Special Education programs at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.  In her work, she coordinates curriculum, develops and monitors assessment practices, coaches educators in best practices for classroom instruction and reading intervention, delivers staff development and specializes in designing individual reading interventions as well as school-wide action plans for our most tangled readers.

Sarah Dunkin, MAT is currently a 1st grade teacher and Title I Staff Development Coordinator for the Beaverton School District. Sarah has her MAT and Reading Endorsement from Lewis & Clark College and continues to teach in the Reading Endorsement program at Lewis & Clark College.  In addition to teaching students of all ages and levels, Sarah loves to adventure outside with her family.

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