Reading Specialization

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Become a Reading Specialist By Doing It!

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In the Hood College Master’s in Reading Specialization program, two of the final steps are EDUC 524 and 525, Advanced Clinical Reading Experiences. Familiarly known as ‘clinic’, these two classes come together as a rigorous six-week summer program where participants act as reading specialists. It is an intense time, with the participants doing everything from assessing their students, creating plans to teach them based on their needs, and even observing and coaching each other. Program director Ellen Koitz explains that it is a chance for graduate students to apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the program, as well as for local elementary and secondary students to really learn over the summer. Hood’s emphasis on hands-on application and real-life experience shines, as participants create and follow through with plans tailored to real students and peers. Megan Ramsburg, a teacher at FCPS’ Whittier Elementary School, explains that “if I start a career as a literacy specialist, I now already have some experience with what it will be like”.

Something that sets Hood’s program apart is the focus on a variety of ages. The certification gained through the program is for K-12, so participants work with both elementary and secondary students. This means that elementary school teachers will work with high school students, and vice versa. For three weeks, participants work with elementary students, all of whom are identified as reading at least a year below their grade levels. For the three weeks with secondary students, the focus is on content area reading and study skills. 2017 participant Rachel Crane, a teacher for Washington County Public Schools states, “you get experience with a variety of age groups and needs that it’s almost impossible to get in your regular career”.

Another advantage to the program is timing. With clinic occurring during the summer, students don’t need to take a leave of absence from their regular jobs or try to cram hours in around other teaching. Clinic participants are either ready to graduate or need just one more class, and once their program portfolios are submitted they will gain their certification. While the group agrees that they are ready to be done and graduate, they also praise the program for pushing them and preparing them for a variety of situations and career choices.

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Outstanding Student- Reading Specialization

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i-ZNkj8cV-L Kristine Abrecht has been a stellar student in Hood College’s MS in Reading Specialization program, maintaining a GPA of 3.94. Kristine has been an elementary school teacher in the Frederick County Public Schools since 2010, where she has taught grades two, three and five.  Kristine was asked to plan and implement a professional development opportunity for parents, teachers and child care professionals who worked in Frederick County where she shared the Importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with the special education population.

Kristine’s exit folio artifacts and reflections made it clear to the reviewers that she has learned a great deal in the Reading Specialist program.  She is truly an outstanding graduate student and we are proud to have her as an alumnus.

Hood’s New Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies – Courses from Three Graduate Education Programs Coming Together to Shape One Degree

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Stem2A1890For the first time Hood College is offering a Master of Science degree in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies. This new program will enable educators to build a substantial content base and add leadership skills and specialized reading training to enhance career opportunities.

Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and support staff who want to design a personalized program to meet their individual instructional and professional needs. An integral part of this program is the ability to choose course work from other content areas outside the field of education. The curriculum includes four professional core courses, one course from each of the three existing education graduate programs – Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership – as well as four elective courses, and a capstone research project. This action research project provides the opportunity to explore and address specific instructional issues in an action research framework, bridging the interdisciplinary coursework that has been completed. A candidate may finish the program in as little as three years, with seven years the maximum allowable time. Candidates must apply to the Graduate School and meet with the program’s director to complete an oral interview and writing sample.

For more information contact Paulette Shockey, Program director, at 301-696-3467 or shockey@hood.edu or visit http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Multidisciplinary-Studies.html

Hill Earns Outstanding Student Award

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Sue Hill with (from left) Virginia Jones, a fellow student in the Reading Specialization Program, Hood President Ron Volpe and Ellen Koitz, director of the Reading Specialization program

Beverly “Sue” Hill is the Outstanding Student in the Reading Specialization program for 2015.

Having enrolled in Hood’s Reading Specialization program in 2010, Sue completed her Master’s degree in May 2015 with a 3.97 GPA. In addition, she holds a M.Ed in Educational Administration from the University of Texas.  Sue served as a middle school teacher at the Arkansas School for the Deaf and a high school teacher at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.  She became the elementary reading specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in 2005 and in 2013 was promoted to assistant principal of the Elementary Department. 

The two MSD students Sue taught during the Hood College Reading Clinic made significant progress. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Delaplaine Foundation, the clinic has become a professional development site where MSD teachers learn under Sue’s guidance.

Recent Alumni Provide Career Advice to Students

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Alumni panelists 10-14On Oct. 6, recent Hood alumni provided students and guests with valuable advice on internships, their job experiences and shared the importance of their Hood education. Panelists included Graduate School alumni Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, business banking associate relationship manager, M&T Bank (third from left in photo) and Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11, Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2014 (second from right). Read more.

Erin Doolittle Rises to State Finalist

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Erin Doolittle head shot 2014Frederick County Teacher of the Year Erin Doolittle is one of seven finalists for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year award. Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in reading specialization, both from Hood College. A panel of judges from Maryland education organizations selected the seven finalists from among the state’s 24 district winners.  The 2014-2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception on October 10.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Alum is Frederick County Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Erin Doolittle, the Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year!FCPS TOY pic cropped A dedicated prekindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in reading specialization, both from Hood College. She serves as Frederick County Pre-Kindergarten Master Teacher for all content areas during summer new-teacher workshops and has received advanced professional certificates in Maryland with early childhood and reading specialization endorsements.  Learn more about Erin’s successful career and teaching philosophy on the FCPS website.

Delaplaine Foundation Supports Reading

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For the third consecutive year, the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has supported the Reading Specialization program with a $10,000 contribution. The funds will be used for scholarships and technology. Reading Specialization director Dr. Ellen Koitz calls the continuing philanthropy “a tremendous resource for students in need of financial aid and for the youth we reach through our camps and clinics.”

Delaplaine Foundation is a private family foundation based in Frederick, Maryland. It is dedicated to the enrichment of communities and families within Maryland, nearby states and the District of Columbia by supporting programs to strengthen the arts and sciences, historical preservation, educational advancement, spiritual enlightenment and physical well-being.

Reading Clinic and Camp Start in June

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Graduate students in the Reading Specialization program will serve as clinicians in two settings this summer:

  • the Hood College Reading Clinic for elementary school students ages 6-12
  • the Frederick Community College Reading Camp for middle school, high school and college-level students

Dr. Ellen Koitz, Reading Specialization program director, calls the programs “instructive for everyone involved. Our grad students get a hands-on opportunity to put their knowledge to work, and the students they teach benefit from the latest teaching strategies.”

The clinic is a six-week experience for elementary students. The camp consists of two three-week sessions, one beginning in late June and one beginning in mid-July.