Reading@Curry Non-Credit Professional Development

Upcoming Open-Enrollment Professional Development Opportunities:

Literacy Academy, Richmond, August 6-9 (EDNC 4501)



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Available Non-Credit Courses

  • EDNC 4501: Literacy Academy (Formerly Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers)

    This four-day non-credit academy is designed for teachers of all grade levels who teach reading. Topics include an overview of literacy development, characteristics of each developmental stage, using assessment to guide instruction, phonemic awareness and phonics, word study instruction, strategies to build vocabulary and comprehension, and connecting writing to the literacy curriculum.  The academy was first offered through Reading First in Virginia.  Now it is available during the summer to the public and to school divisions throughout the year by contract only.

  • Literacy Program Evaluations 

    Periodic review of a school’s reading/writing instruction can help a school or district evaluate progress on local/state goals and determine specific areas of strength and weakness, Reading@Curry can assess your current literacy program and help you to create goals for programmatic changes and future professional development. The scope and format of each audit will be tailored to your specific needs and budget as determined during an initial consultation.

    Literacy Program Evaluations include a staff survey, stakeholder interviews, classroom observations, and/or analysis of student assessment data, lesson plans, and curriculum materials/guides. Trained observers with a reading education background provide individualized feedback. A faculty member will compile a written report synthesizing the information and identifying patterns/trends. Each report offers specific recommendations that prioritize instructional needs while capitalizing on your district’s strengths.

  • Coaching

    University of Virginia (UVA) offers on-site coaching designed to meet the unique and specific needs of your school. Meet with a team from UVA to craft a coaching experience that will provide your staff with the tools they need to implement best practices in literacy instruction. Models might include observations and feedback, professional development training, and/or side-by-side coaching.  Schools receive ongoing feedback and recommendations for strengthening their existing literacy instruction.  

  • EDNC 4509: Book Buddies: A Tutorial Model for Reading Intervention

    In this 30- hour, six-week professional development training, participants will learn how to set up and run a successful tutoring program for struggling readers in the primary grades. We will use the Book Buddies tutoring framework: a community-based, one-on-one tutoring/intervention model. Developed through reading research at UVA’s McGuffey Reading Center and piloted in Charlottesville, VA schools, Book Buddies has been adapted and expanded to other districts and schools across the nation. Participants will compare Book Buddies with the reading intervention offered in their own school, and learn how to adapt the Book Buddies framework to their own students.

    Participants will complete six online modules with instructor feedback and support. A typical module requires @3-4 hours/week of reading, trying out an activity/ies with a student, and discussing with the online community. Successful completion of all six modules is required in order to receive 30 hours of continuing education on your UVA transcript.

  • Workshops

    These half-day workshops were developed under grant funding. They are now available by contract to interested school divisions. Participants receive current research and best practices on a literacy related topic. Teachers leave each workshop with five to ten hands-on activities/materials they can use in their classrooms the very next day!  Topics covered in the workshops are:

    1. Phonological Awareness and Literacy Workstations (Grades K-1)
    2. Phonics (Grades 1-3)
    3. Fluency and Phonics (Grades 1-3)
    4. Comprehension (Grades K-3)
    5. Small-Group Reading Instruction
    6. Word Study Instruction
    7. Using Assessment Results to Plan Reading and Writing Instruction