Student Learning Outcomes

1.  understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction as outlined in the Montana Content Standards, including:

  a.  understanding of the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components;

  b.  understanding of the role of analyzing data and adjusting instruction for improving all studentsꞌ reading development and achievement in order to meet the needs of individual learners; and

  c.  demonstrating knowledge and awareness of the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians and tribes in Montana;

2.  create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society by:

a.  recognizing, understanding, and valuing the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write;

b.  using a literacy curriculum and engaging in instructional practices that positively impact students knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity; and

c.  developing and implementing strategies to advocate for equity;

3.  use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing by:

a.  utilizing foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum;

b.  utilizing appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading/writing connections, including the use of appropriate technology; and

c.  utilizing a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources;

4.  use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction by:

a.  understanding types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations;

b.  selecting, developing, administering, and interpreting assessments, both traditional print and electronic, in order to make decisions based on data; and

c.  using assessment information to plan, evaluate, reflect on, and adjust instruction;

5.  create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments by:

a.  designing the physical environment to optimize students use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction;

b.  designing a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students opportunities for learning to read and write; and

c.  utilizing routines to support reading and writing instruction (e.g., time allocation, transitions from one activity to another, discussions, and peer feedback).