Course Description

End teacher frustration around independent reading.  Find solutions in this ground breaking course as you learn how to create an independent reading program which is purposeful to you and your students! Indulge in the text “No more Independent Reading Without Support” by authors Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss. You will examine the most current research and understand best practices to increase reading engagement and achievement, learn valuable strategies for fostering independent reading, and a framework for, Independent Reading success. Grades K-6.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Understand that Independent reading matters.
  • Learn the best practices to support independent reading.
  • Understand and implement an instructional framework for sustaining a meaningful independent reading practice.


Effective Independent Reading is Yours! was an amazing class.  Most teachers do some form of independent reading throughout the day; whether it is called DEAR or SSR, either way, this course shows teachers why independent reading is important and how to improve upon it.  This course showed me how to make independent reading time meaningful.  I am already using many of the new strategies I learned with my own 3rd grade class.  The book that goes with the course is an easy read, and the teacher had great feedback.  I would recommend this class to anyone wanting to further their education. - Fall 2016 Student

I just completed the Independent Reading class with Krista Geffre.  I'm not usually a fan of book studies, but I read the first section without even taking a break.  It is a great read.  it has truly helpful information and even humor.  I feel like most text books can be so dry, but this book felt real and had the relevant information that will help me become a better, more aware teacher. Krista provided quick, helpful feedback on all of my assignments.  When I had questions regarding the reading, she offered advice and ideas. I would love to take another class from her in the future. - Summer 2017 Student

Fantastic class. Loved the fast feedback on assignments. - Spring 2017 Student


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Section Title
Effective Independent Reading
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $660.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
No More Independent Reading Without Support by Debra Miller and Barbara Moss.
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

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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