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Carrie R. Simkin

Assistant Professor of Education
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Northern Virginia Center
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading Writing to ELLs
Credits: 3
This online course is designed for educators of children who are learning English as a second language. Theory is grounded in researched practices for teaching reading with an understanding of the challenges facing non-English native speakers.
EDIS 5730: Diagnosis and Remediation I: Grades PreK-2
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to both formative and diagnostic literacy assessments used in the preschool through primary grades (emergent and beginning stage readers). Clinical and classroom diagnostic methods along with related instructional implications are explored.
EDIS 5740: Diagnostic & Remediation II: Meaning Based Assessment & Intervention
Credits: 3
The course begins with an overview of models of reading comprehension and research evidence that describes key influences on reading comprehension (e.g., oral language, decoding/fluency, vocabulary, text structure, and engagement/motivation). It then introduces assessments used to assess language and reading comprehension. Finally, the course provides opportunities to reflect and discuss interventions targeting reading comprehension.
EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction
Credits: 3
The theoretical foundations of reading development are the focus of this survey course. Topics covered include: children's basic language development as a precursor to reading and as a medium for instruction, and how stage theories of reading development can inform instruction across a spectrum of readers from emergent to advanced.
EDIS 7730: Practicum in Reading Diagnosis
Credits: 3
Introduction to basic and advanced testing procedures used to diagnose reading difficulties of elementary and secondary students and adults. Examines clinical and classroom diagnostic methods, explores theoretical foundations for these practices, and discusses practical applications to the classroom. Corequisite: EDIS 7740.
EDIS 7740: Practicum in Remedial Reading
Credits: 3
Acquaints students with a variety of techniques to support and instruct remedial readers. These techniques address reading, writing, comprehension, and word study across the developmental stages. As a practicum, this class entails teaching either in the McGuffey Reading Clinic under close supervision. Emphasizes appropriate and practical techniques that will meet the needs of specific individuals with specific reading problems. Corequisite: EDIS 7730
EDIS 7751: Literacy Leadership and Coaching
Credits: 3
Literacy Leadership and Coaching is the capstone course for the Reading Masters program. The course has two primary goals: 1) Examine the leadership role of the literacy specialist/coach and 2) Learn how to evaluate the reading program (school level/district level) and implement change. Both of these goals will be met by examining central issues related to literacy instruction, assessment, and leadership.