Language Arts & ELL Online Courses

Total Courses : 15


Writing Series

EDUO 9207: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Assessing the Traits of Writing

EDUO 9218: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Ideas and Organization

EDUO 9219: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Word Choice

EDUO 9220: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writting: Voice

EDUO 9221: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writting: Sentence Fluency


Balanced Literacy & Teaching Strategies Series

Gain a deeper understanding of balanced literacy by studying components such as guided reading, independent reading and more. Choose from…

EDUO 9200: Balanced Literacy: The Reader's Workshop

EDUO 9201: Balanced Literacy: Building a Community of Writers

EDUO 9300: Teaching Startegies for Elementary English Language Learners

EDUO 9301: Teaching Strategies for Secondary Englist Language Learners


Implement Best Practice Programs Series

EDUO 9222: Whispering to Readers - Independent Reading Plans for the K-12 Classroom

EDUO 9223: Implementing the Daily Five for Literary Independence for your K-6 Classroom

EDUO 9224: Bringing Literature to Life

EDUO 9222: Whispering to Readers - Independent Reading Plans for the K-12 Classroom

EDUO 9225: The Reluctant Poet


All Language Arts & ELL

(All classes are listed below by course number) 

EDUO 9144: Media Literacy

Analyze how persuasive media messages shape our culture and society. Develop strategies to guide students to critically examine and evaluate media and other resources to determine authority and reliability.

Instructor: Beth Scanlon
bscanlon@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $135

1 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9200: Balanced Literacy: The Reader’s Workshop

Balanced Literacy; Readers’ Workshop is an approach with a goal developing lifelong  readers and thinkers. It exposes students to the habits of good readers by interacting with many genres and styles of literature. Creating effective mini-lessons, grouping students appropriately, and planning effective guided reading lessons will be an integral part of the course.

Instructor: Doug Fannin
dfannin@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9201: Balanced Literacy: Building a Community of Writers

Participants will learn how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to writing and supports effective writing instruction for all learners, including struggling writers and English Language Learners. The continuum of skills that good writers possess will be reviewed. As they experience the writing process, participants will create a piece of their own writing.

Instructor: Doug Fannin
dfannin@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9207: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Assessing the Traits of Writing

Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Assessing the Traits of Writing: EDUO 9207, is the first, and prerequisite course in a series of courses designed by Dominican University of California, Division of Continuing Education. In today’s standards-based educational environment, with much emphasis on preparing for annual testing, teachers must carefully choose their focus. Helping students to hone one writing trait at a time gives developing writers time to review and assess their work in more depth, with the meaningful intention of improving their writing.

This course supports the implementation of the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing and will lay the foundation for a systematic approach to the teaching of writing, one aspect at a time, through the use of the following writing traits: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions & Presentation. By learning and using these traits, both instructor and student will have a common understanding of how to assess and improve writing, which helps make the teaching of writing more manageable.

This course aligns with Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing. It especially supports CCR #4, Producing Clear and Coherent Writing, and CCR #5, Developing and Strengthening Writing. Using the traits of writing promotes higher-order thinking, analysis and discussion.

Required Text: Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 5th Edition. (ISBN 020561910X)

Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
avarni@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9218: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Ideas and Organization

This course guides the participant through meaningful exercises, to be able to skillfully teach the traits of Ideas and Organization, using known strategies. The participant will develop useful, targeted student-based activities that can be used in the classroom, a cache of writing prompts, a targeted rubric or scoring guide, and an individualized lesson plan that conforms to Common Core standards.

This course is part of a larger series, Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing, that lays out a systematic approach to the teaching of writing, one aspect at a time, using six traits of writing vocabulary.

Before taking this course, Ideas and Organization, you must have completed the prerequisite course EDUO 9207: Assessing the Traits of Writing.

Required Text: Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 5th Edition. (ISBN 020561910X)

Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
avarni@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $270

2 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9219: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Word Choice

This course guides the participant through meaningful exercises, to be able to skillfully teach the trait of word choice, using known strategies. The participant will develop useful, targeted student-based activities that can be used in the classroom, a cache of writing prompts, a targeted rubric or scoring guide, and an individualized lesson plan that conforms to Common Core standards.

This course is part of a larger series, Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing, which lays out a systematic approach to the teaching of writing, one aspect at a time, using six traits of writing vocabulary.

Before taking this course, Word Choice Selection, you must have completed the prerequisite course EDUO 9207: Assessing the Traits of Writing.

Required Text: Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 5th Edition. (ISBN 020561910X)

Instructor: Paula Henley
paula@k12digitalworks.com

Price : $270

2 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9220: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Voice

This course guides the participant through meaningful exercises, to be able to skillfully teach the trait of voice, using known strategies. The participant will develop useful, targeted student-based activities that can be used in the classroom, a cache of writing prompts, a targeted rubric or scoring guide, and an individualized lesson plan that conforms to Common Core standards.

This course is part of a larger series, Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing, which lays out a systematic approach to the teaching of writing, one aspect at a time, using six traits of writing vocabulary.

Before taking this course, Finding Voice in Writing, you must have completed the prerequisite course EDUO 9207: Assessing the Traits of Writing.

Required Text: Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 5th Edition. (ISBN 020561910X

Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
avarni@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $270

2 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9221: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Sentence Fluency

This course guides the participant through meaningful exercises, to be able to skillfully teach the trait of sentence fluency, using known strategies. The participant will develop useful, targeted student-based activities that can be used in the classroom, a cache of writing prompts, a targeted rubric or scoring guide, and an individualized lesson plan that conforms to Common Core standards.

This course is part of a larger series, Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing, which lays out a systematic approach to the teaching of writing, one aspect at a time, using six traits of writing vocabulary.

Before taking this course, Creating Sentence Fluency, you must have completed the prerequisite course EDUO 9207: Assessing the Traits of Writing.

Required Text: Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 5th Edition. (ISBN 020561910X)

Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
avarni@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $270

2 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9222: Whispering to Readers – Independent Reading Plans for the K-12 Classroom

Ensure that your students are getting the most out of independent reading opportunities. Use the authentic and practical advice of Donalyn Miller, a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she could not turn into a reader. Through the use of readers’ notebooks, interest inventories, book reviews, and conferences, turn your classroom into a learning environment that promotes independent reading and your students into lifelong lovers of books. This course is designed with the flexibility for teachers to select one (15hrs.), two (30 hrs.), or three (45hrs.) graduate credits (units), as well as the freedom to choose from a menu of assignments the work that will be most beneficial for their specific needs and interests.

Instructor: Kathleen Murphy
kmurphy@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $135-$405

1-3 Semester Credit/Unit


EDUO 9223: Implementing the Daily Five for Literary Independence for Your K-6 Classroom

 Actualize the research and best practices of Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, as outlined in their book The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades (Stenhouse, Inc., 2006) Foster stamina for the Daily Five series of literacy tasks in your classroom:  Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. Move from merely managing student behaviors to creating routines and procedures that promote independent literacy behavior. Learn how to implement the Daily Five with fidelity in your classroom and, therefore, gain the freedom to meet with small groups of students while other students are actively engaged in these literacy tasks

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Instructor: Kathleen Murphy 
kmurphy@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $135

1 Semester Credit/Unit


EDUO 9224: Bringing Literature to Life

You must be currently teaching students to successfully complete this course.
Engage your students in literature exploration. Bring literature to life in your classroom by implementing learning experiences that require students to creatively respond to high-quality children’s books. Involve your students in higher-level thinking skills as they find new possibilities or solutions based on inferences and making predictions. This course is most appropriate for teachers of grades three through eight.

Instructor: Ron Kremer
rkremer@dominicanCAonline.com

This course is designed with the flexibility for teachers to select one (15hrs.), two (30 hrs.), or three (45hrs.) graduate credits/units.

Price : $135

1 Semester Credit/Unit


EDUO 9225: The Reluctant Poet

Enhance your literacy instruction with rich poetry. Utilize the power of poetry to broaden your students’ reading choices and motivate all students to express themselves through verse. Explore how the use of simple literacy scaffolds can release the poet within everyone–regardless of range of abilities, home language, or past associations with poetry. Open doors of expression that help learners build self-esteem and confidence as writers and human beings.

Instructor: Nancy Cecil 
ncecil@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9296: Teaching Journalism

Instructors will guide students to understand the components of the newspaper, the criteria of a suitable news story, and the values of a journalist.

Instructor: Beth Scanlon
bscanlone@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $135

2 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9300: Teaching Strategies for Elementary English Language Learners

As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) increases, educators are seeking effective ways to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, especially starting at the elementary level.

Instructor: Doug Fannin
dfannin@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9301: Teaching Strategies for Secondary English Language Learners

In this course, participants will learn to identify and understand the needs of English Language Learners; implement strategies for modifying academic content for better understanding; and then put their new skills into practice.

Instructor: Doug Fannin
dfannin@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $405

3 Semester Credits/Units


EDUO 9785: Design Lessons that Target Complex Texts

It is important to provide opportunities for students to read a wide variety of texts across content areas for different purposes and along a spectrum of difficulty and length. In this course, learn concrete ways to help students become highly skilled readers to meet the goal of comprehensively grasping complex text.

Instructor: Kathy Glass
kglass@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $270-$405

2 or 3 Semester Credit/Unit


EDUO 9808: Mapping & Designing Units of Study, Grades 6-12+

Learn mapping and curriculum design skills necessary to develop relevant, comprehensive targeted units of instruction that incorporate ELA Common Core Standards and other related teaching standards. Use a unique backward planning process to easily reach course objectives. The course text, companion website, pertinent examples, templates, rubrics, student checklists and handouts available for download will help in developing your mapping and curriculum design. Applying the mapping and curriculum design techniques learned in this course to pilot a comprehensive 4-6 week unit of instruction is an encouraged expectation.​

Instructor: Kathy Glass
kglass@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $495

4 Semester Credit/Unit


EDUO 9808: Mapping & Designing Units of Study, Grades K-5

Learn mapping and curriculum design skills necessary to develop relevant, comprehensive targeted units of instruction that incorporate ELA Common Core Standards and other related teaching standards. Use a unique backward planning process to easily reach course objectives. The course text, companion website, pertinent examples, templates, rubrics, student checklists and handouts available for download will help in developing your mapping and curriculum design. Applying the mapping and curriculum design techniques learned in this course to pilot a comprehensive 4-6 week unit of instruction is an encouraged expectation.​

Instructor: Kathy Glass
kglass@dominicancaonline.com

Price : $495

4 Semester Credit/Unit

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