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Importance of Professional Development for Master Reading Teachers

Importance of Professional Development for Master Reading Teachers
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Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

In recent years, public education has increased its focus on professional development and creating deep networks of support within the school system. An integral member of this is the Master Reading Teacher. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to explore this role, and test your own understanding with a brief quiz.

Master Reading Teachers

For much of human history, people in professional fields were divided into apprentices and masters. You start as an apprentice, learn all you can, and by the time you know enough to take on your own students, you are the master. That's when you get all of these great, 'the student has become the teacher' conflicts with cool kung fu-style conflict resolution.

Now, your experience probably won't be quite that dramatic, but still you can become a master--a master of literacy. The Master Reading Teacher Certificate is a licensure program focused on developing advanced literacy education skills for all grades K-12. So, if you've got a passion for teaching literacy and you want to become a leader within your own school, then maybe it's time to become the master.

Professional Development

Now, today we're not going to go into every aspect of the master reading teacher training but we are going to talk about one specific aspect, professional development. You see, being a master reading teacher is not something that you just learn once; in fact, one of the primary duties of this position is staying up to date on the latest and greatest research, ideas, and strategies for teaching literacy. It's your job to know what new ideas are out there, how effectively they are being implemented, and what other teachers are saying about them. So your own professional development must be a continual priority. This means joining professional organizations, reading professional journals, and attending conferences.

The master reading teacher program is part of a larger effort in modern education to develop broader and deeper education networks for teachers as a way to limit the professional isolation of the classroom. So the job really is all about collegiality; you work with other master reading teachers to come up with solutions that can help everyone.

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