Course Description

Conferring with students can feel intimidating and overwhelming.  This course teaches educators how to confer with students about reading that allows for clearer access to one-on-one, in-the-moment teaching and learning. It provides practical, reflective, student-centered teaching moves that you can use to develop an intentional, joy-filled conferring practice. It enables teachers and students to learn to break down and utilize the qualities that enable good writing: elaboration, voice, structure, conventions, and focus. To Know and Nurture a Reader provides the knowledge and skills it takes to confer well, which gives the students the confidence to think of themselves as readers and writers. 


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: To Know and Nurture a Reader
Start Now, you have 364 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $375.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Yates, K., & Nosek, C. (2018). To know and nurture a reader: Conferring with confidence and joy. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Ackerman, K., & McDonough, J. (2016). Conferring with young writers: What to do when you don't know what to do. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

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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