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Teacher Training Reading/Writing Class Offered

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is offering a hands-on learning experience to help teachers gain new skills in reading and writing assessment and instruction this summer.

The class, "Supporting Individual Student Learning," will be held June 9 25 at the New Richmond East Elementary Media Center.

"Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, it is critical that teachers develop adaptive techniques in reading and writing instruction and assessment that best match their students' needs," said Mary Manke, associate dean with the UW-RF College of Education and Professional Studies. "Through the practical application provided in this class, teachers will be better prepared to meet these federal requirements."

The course will describe specific strategies for assessing reading and writing, analyzing student work, and teaching reading and writing according to students' needs. Class participants will work with small groups of students in grades 1-6 to apply assessment and instruction strategies. The final project will be a literacy portfolio for each parent, outlining the child's strengths and weaknesses in writing and reading and strategies to help the child.

The instructor, Tracy Preece, has been a second grade teacher in New Richmond for nine years and has recently received certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Participants will earn three undergraduate or graduate credits for completing the class.

For more information on the course and to register, visit the UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies web site at www.uwrf.edu/outreach or call 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607.


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