Basic Tools For Continuous Improvement in Literacy

Learn basic tools to begin a process of improvement in classroom literacy.

Program Overview

In this course, you will learn about the basics of continuous improvement as you investigate your classroom or school literacy system. You will also determine a problem of practice and work to develop a system to improve one aspect of the system through a PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycle. In addition, you will learn to utilize one data measure during the course to enhance improvement efforts.

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Approximately 15 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Tuition of this course is funded by a grant

Ways to Learn




Graduate Level Professional Development Credit

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Explain continuous improvement and how it can help improve literacy in classrooms and schools.
  • Demonstrate how to investigate a classroom system through a  literacy lens.
  • Determine a problem in a system of literacy. 
  • Define an Aim statement in order to implement change ideas.
  • Explain the parts of a PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycle and how to use it to improve literacy.

Course Topics:

  • Improving Literacy in Classrooms
  • Investigating a Classroom System Through a Literacy Lens
  • Determining a Problem in a System of Literacy
  • Defining an Aim Statement to Implement Change Ideas
  • Using the PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) Cycle to Improve Literacy

This course is part of the 5-course "Comprehensive Literacy State Development" grant program. Educators can enroll in a single course or up to all 7 courses at no cost using the same “REGISTER NOW” button above.

  1. Basic Tools For Continuous Improvement in Literacy
  2. Using Culturally Diverse Texts
  3. Developing Community Literacy Access
  4. Parent and Family Partnerships
  5. Language Development to Support Literacy
  6. Standards Aligned Conferring With Readers in Grades 6-12
  7. Setting up and Implementing Effective Book Clubs Grades 6-12  
Who Should Enroll?
6-12th grade teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, para-educators   

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online at no cost.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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