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The MindPlay Teacher Companion extends teacher knowledge of research based best practices to classroom teachers, home school educators, and parents supporting children in the development of their literacy skills. This online module can be completed from the comfort of your home in 8 hours.
For students to achieve grade-level reading, teachers across the grades must help them increase their ability to read with fluency and understanding. The MindPlay Teacher Comprehensive Course enables every teacher to extend their knowledge in order to help their students comprehend literature, and science and social studies texts. Eight web-based modules share research-based best practices in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Grammar for Meaning, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Professional development and continuing education credits are available for teachers who participate.
“MindPlay’s Teacher Comprehensive Course is the culmination of years of research, practice and collaboration,” said Dr. Podhajski. “Our goal has been to advance teacher expertise to promote children’s reading success. Now we have a program that offers easy access to the foundation for teaching reading based on brain science, increasing students’ joy of reading and academic achievement.”
MindPlay Teacher Companion and Comprehensive Course are a collaborative effort among The University of Arizona’s College of Education’s Drs. Nancy Mather and Janice Sammons, the Stern Center’s Dr. Podhajski and Marilyn Varricchio, founder and learning specialist at Portals to Learning in Middlebury, Vermont. Learn more at www.mindplay.com.
BUILDING BLOCKS is offered for two age groups: Birth to Three and Three to Five. We know that increasing the knowledge of early care and education providers helps decrease reading failure when children enter school. Our program is based on recommendations from the National Research Council (NRC) and the outcomes of the 2008 National Literacy Panel that support early care and education providers as they build the early literacy skills of children under five. The goal of BUILDING BLOCKS is to help assure that all children enter Kindergarten ready to read. These skills include:
BUILDING BLOCKS can be taken as a six-hour applied training; a 12-hour self-paced, online course, or as a three-credit undergraduate or graduate class. Mentorships and parent workshops are also available.
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