Course Description

This course is a comprehensive resource tailored to struggling readers. It contains specific teaching ideas for helping children kindergarten through third grade who are having trouble with reading and writing. Young students are taught to think and behave like effective readers who can solve words skillfully, comprehend deeply, and read fluently. The course teaches educators to place students in situations where they can succeed and then provide powerful instruction. Numerous examples and descriptions of instruction are offered to help initially struggling readers become strategic readers. Guidance on how to closely observe readers to make teaching decisions and then support struggling readers in whole-class settings is provided, along with measures to engage attention, memory, emotion, and motivation to create successful learning.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, 2nd Edition by Irene Fountas, Heinemann, ISBN: 978-0325018263

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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