Free Online Literacy Course

Free Online Course

The Reading and Language Arts Center will be offering a free online literacy course, “Literacy Learning Engagement and Inclusivity in Uncertain Times,” this summer. The course will be open to the public and is designed for K-12 educators of all kinds.

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The course includes 10 modules and 3 panel discussions focused on teaching literacy in the contexts of the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the blurring of assumed boundaries between school, home, individual and collective.  Modules are created and produced by the UConn Language & Literacy Fellows.

Choose your own adventure!

With tracks designed for a focus on elementary, secondary and leadership perspectives, you can engage with any combination of modules.  Complete seven of the ten to earn a certificate of completion, or collect all 10.


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Literacy on Fire: Disrupting white privilege in the classroom


Manchester English teacher, Matt Delaney, leads you through the internal and pedagogical work to be an antiracist and do antiracist work in the English classroom by centering marginalized voices, learning to be uncomfortable and understanding how literacy development depends on the development of racial literacy in particular.

Assessment for Acceleration: Leveraging what matters most


Literacy specialist, Jen Barone, and district leader, Pamela Khairallah answer this summer’s toughest question: what do I assess, how, when and why in order to teach for accelerated literacy learning in the elementary grades.  Learn how to embed assessment that builds relationships and generates the information you need to move forward at speed.


#Stories Matter for Adolescent Readers: Now more than ever


Reading specialist and doctoral student, Caitlin Ryan Pelletier, is reimagining how adolescent literature is approached and assessed.  By focusing not on how we read stories, but rather why we read stories, we learn to use literature to generate empathy and humanity in powerful learning experiences beyond the classroom. 


Empowering Emergent Bilinguals: Families, community & culture as resources


Doctoral Student and former high school English teacher, Sandra Silva-Enos, encourages you to use family, culture, and community as resources to help emergent bilinguals succeed.  Learn about some of the unique challenges faced by bilingual students and strategies to incorporate their culture into literacy development.  


What’s Your Superpower?: Engaging & empowering adolescent learners with action-oriented literacy instruction


Literacy Coach, Michelle Horn, shares an instructional model to help you put your students in the driver’s seat of their learning.  Use experiences and action to inspire deeper discussion and more powerful reading and writing.


Emergent Writers: Building engagement and independence


Language Arts Specialist, Colleen Morello, addresses what Primary teachers and parents of young children ask most often: how do I teach beginning writing? Learn how to identify signs of growth and encourage young children’s writing at school and at home.


Engaging & Supporting Adolescent Readers: Scaffolds and strategies


Doctoral student and former special education teacher, Shannon Kelley, provides specific routines and tools to support adolescents with reading difficulties from vocabulary to comprehension.



We Need to Talk: Exploring culture and conflict through classroom dialogue


Doctoral student and former elementary school teacher, Jon Simmons, guides you through some discussion structures that will allow you to explore big issues in your classroom with confidence.  Engage your students as citizens and help them discover that what makes us different can help bring us together instead of push us apart.

“We can’t go back”: Power & Sport in Schools



Husky Sport is a community-campus partnership that utilizes the power of sport to connect and empower partners from the city of Hartford and University of Connecticut. Watch their short movie to prompt critical examinations of power dynamics in schools, while also looking at the power of sport and physical activity in schools as a catalyst to build relationships, hear voices, and shift priorities to enhance culture and outcomes.


Avoiding Overremediation Compensation: Recognizing students’ immediate genius

Educators and activists, Ryan Parker and Ashley Okwuazi, encourage you to consider your perspective and how it informs your pedagogy.  By truly knowing our students, especially those with marginalized identities, we are able to tap into the magic of each student and use their gifts to help them succeed. 

Vamos! Decolonizing language learning


Doctoral student, Pauline Batista, unleashes the power of purposeful language instruction.  Language is full of power and by better understanding our own experiences as language learners and how language is used, we more effectively help our students learn language.