College of Education and Human Development

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

CAREIALL: Advancing Language and Literacy

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CAREIALL (Advancing Language and Literacy) is a virtual, comprehensive professional development course created by our team of internal and external literacy experts, and designed to support educators in operationalizing the science of reading in their classrooms.

Participants will gain an understanding of the latest evidence-based practices in literacy instruction, as well as the research that supports those practices and guides instructional decision-making. The elements of assessment, enabling MTSS systems, equitable and inclusive practices, and the science of teaching and learning are woven throughout so that educators see a clear connection to these common strategic priorities.  

Participants can expect both asynchronous modules, and live, virtual follow-up sessions facilitated by members of CAREI’s literacy team. The asynchronous modules and live content are approximately 65 hours total.

CAREIALL program structure

Asynchronous component

  • 8 asynchronous modules 
  • Approximately 45-50 hourse of content
  • Accessed through the Canvas platform
  • Participants will need access to students for some application portions of their asynchronous work
  • Each successive module will be unlocked after the live, synchronous session from the previous module has been completed

Synchronous component

  • 1 live one-hour kickoff session
  • 8 live two-hour sessions in small cohorts (25-50 per cohort)
  • Live sessions accessed through Zoom
  • Designed to connect directly to the content of the asynchronous modueles and support participants in applying what they’ve learned in their own classrooms, schools, and districts

Pricing

The entire CAREIALL program, including all synchronous and asynchronous lessons, sessions, and materials, is available for an initial rate of $500 per participant.

Live session dates—2023-24 cohort

Complete the form here to set up a district cohort.

For those with less than 25 participants, please add yourself to the waitlist for an open cohort to be organized as interest arises. 
 

Descriptions of CAREIALL modules

    This module provides a brief overview of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Participants will learn about different purposes of assessment, how data are best used, and effective data-based decision making processes. This module defines the science of reading and structured literacy, and highlights some of the seminal research on literacy development and instruction. In addition, models of reading which are commonly referred to by practitioners are introduced. 

    This module introduces broad instructional considerations which permeate all areas of literacy and are essential components of effective instruction. Included in the module are topics such as: systematic and explicit instruction, knowledge-building, cultural and linguistic responsiveness, motivation and engagement, and types of reading difficulties. 

    This module introduces oral language development, phonological sensitivity and phonemic awareness, consonant and vowel phonemes, the influence of linguistic and dialectical differences, and best practices for instruction in this area. 

    Module 4 discusses the importance of phonics instruction including how these skills develop and are best taught to support accurate reading and spelling. Concepts such as building to automaticity and fluency, as well as supporting meaning-making within foundational skills lessons, will also be addressed.

    This module examines morphology and explains the importance of morphological instruction for mastery of English, as a morpho-phonemic language. Participants will explore the layers of English as well as best practices for morphological instruction.

    In this module, participants will learn about vocabulary and background knowledge as critical pieces of comprehension success. Topics include vocabulary development, best practices for instruction, and ways to honor linguistic diversity. 

    Module 7 unpacks reading comprehension, its importance, and how it develops. Concepts such as comprehension processing, language and text structures, and verbal reasoning will be addressed, along with the role of strategy instruction. 

    The importance of writing and how it develops will be explored in module 8. Incorporated concepts include the role of handwriting, sentence composition, the writing process, and supporting students in writing different types of texts for different purposes and audiences.

    Frequently asked questions

      What is the cost of CAREIALL?

      $500 per participant.

      What grade level is this appropriate for?

      Kindergarten through fifth grade. CAREIALL is also appropriate for 6-12 staff who are implementing literacy interventions.

      How much time is recommended between each asynchronous and synchronous session?

      2-3 weeks. The training is designed for asynchronous and synchronous learning to take place over  multiple weeks so there is opportunity for application and reflection. All content builds on previous content.

      What is the minimum and maximum number of participants?

      The minimum is 40 for district specific cohorts. Smaller districts can partner and combine into one joint cohort. There is no maximum.

      Does the district need to provide facilitators? Will there be training for the facilitators?

      We recommend districts provide 1 facilitator for every 30 participants to assist with the breakout activities during the live sessions. Facilitators will guide the discussions that happen in breakout groups during the 2-hour live session time. We will provide a facilitator's guide to the designated district/school facilitators prior to the live sessions.  

      How long are the live sessions?

      The live sessions are 2 hours each, 8 in total (one per module). The timing of the live sessions will be coordinated with your district. We recommend scheduling a live session every 2-3 weeks so there is opportunity for application and reflection. The live sessions must occur after the asynchronous content is completed.

      How many hours is CAREIALL training?

      The asynchronous content is approximately 45-50 hours. Everyone reads and processes at different rates, so this time is an estimate only, based on average experiences of previous participants. The live content is an additional 16 hours, bringing the CAREIALL training total to approximately 61 hours.

      Are the live sessions in-person?

      CAREIALL live sessions are hosted through Zoom and are conducted by CAREI professional learning facilitators. The sessions include dedicated breakout periods in order to work collaboratively around putting the knowledge learned in the asynchronous sessions into practice in the local context (classroom, school, district, etc) . For district-specific cohorts, we suggest that participants convene in person and designate local facilitators at a ratio of 1 per 30 individuals to guide their respective groups effectively. Details regarding facilitator information sessions and comprehensive facilitator guides will be provided in spring 2024.

      Is there a syllabus?

      See the CAREIALL website for a general course outline. A detailed scope and sequence will be available starting summer, 2024.

      Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

      Complete the inquiry form or email careiall@umn.edu.