March 24 2008
Indiana State University elementary, early and special education faculty Lisa Cutter, Diana Quatroche and Kathryn Bauserman developed the program to help improve studentsâ€™ reading comprehension skills and to provide teachers with strategies focusing on content-area reading skills.
â€œNarrowly defined, comprehension instruction promotes the ability to learn from text,â€ Cutter said. â€œMore broadly, comprehension instruction gives students access to culturally important domains of knowledge and provides a means of pursuing affective and intellectual goals.â€
â€œParticipating teachers will learn techniques to better identify reading comprehension difficulties in students, and how to implement targeted strategies aimed at improving reading comprehension in their classrooms,â€ added Quatroche.
â€œThinking Through the Textâ€ is aligned with the educational objectives in the No Child Left Behind Act and Indianaâ€™s Core 40.
â€œStudents with improved content-area reading skills not only meet the minimum basic competency skills mandated by NCLB, they then have the competence to go beyond and achieve Core 40 capabilities,â€ Bauserman said. â€œâ€˜Thinking Through the Textâ€™ improves classroom instruction in comprehension in order for students to become active participants in every aspect of our global society.â€
An almost $200,000 Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will pay the teachersâ€™ tuition, required materials and fees. Teachers will be selected for the course on a first-come, first-served basis.
Classes at ISU will meet from June 2-6, while classes at the Indianapolis Public Schools Professional Development Center are scheduled from June 16-20. Class size is limited to 50 participants in Terre Haute and 25 in Indianapolis. A class for principals will be offered in Terre Haute from June 2-4 and will be limited to 15 participants.
Those attending the class will receive three hours of graduate credit, but will not receive their final grades until December as they must attend three after-school meetings, for which they will be compensated, and implement reading comprehension techniques in their own classrooms during the fall.
The three ISU faculty members also noted participants need to have basic technological skills because they will be required to participate electronically.
â€œThinking through the Textâ€ is a partnership involving Indiana Stateâ€™s College of Education, its College of Arts and Sciences, the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Vigo County School Corp.
To request an application for the Terre Haute course, contact Jan Krackenberger at 812-237-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for the Indianapolis course, contact Yvonne Huffman at 812-237-2801 or email@example.com.
Contacts: Lisa Cutter, Indiana State University, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, 812-237-2587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Quatroche, Indiana State University, chairperson and associate professor of elementary, early and special education, 812-237-2821 or email@example.com
Kathy Bauserman, Indiana State University, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, 812-237-2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or at email@example.com
Teachers looking for tools to improve their students' reading comprehension can find them in "Thinking Through the Text," free graduate classes offered in Terre Haute and Indianapolis this summer for teachers of third through 12th grades.