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Effective Teaching of K-3 ELA with A2i Software Tools

Course Description

This course focuses on the use of A2i Software developed by Learning Ovations in partnership with the University of California, Irvine. It will support classroom teachers with students in K through 3rd grade classrooms to better understand and apply evidence-based practices during their English Language Arts (ELA) instruction. Teachers will develop an understanding of why third grade reading proficiency is such a critical skill, that predicts many long-term outcomes in a student’s life. Teachers will also gain insight as to why literacy is so critical and how reading ability serves as the primary vehicle for accumulating knowledge in the upper elementary and middle/high school years. Teachers who participate in the course will gain a better understanding of how to use the tools and support available to deliver this critical instruction to students, apply evidenced-based practices in their classroom, put insights from literacy expertise and coaches into action.

The grade option for this course is defaulted to Pass/No Pass.

  • Details
  • $210
  • September 26, 2022 to May 26, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00273
  • ID/Units: EDUC X300.64  (3.00)
    ( Section A )
  • Quarter: Fall 2022


Genevieve Gadea is the Director for School Outcomes on the West Coast for Learning Ovations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of education. She has served as a classroom teacher in the state of Florida, founded a school in South Central, California for the KIPP: LA Charter Network, and held a K-6 Reading Intervention position in Southern California. Currently, she collaborates with school districts in Southern California co-designing plans for district-wide literacy instruction with a focus on individualized instruction. She is trained in the Science of Reading and uses data to drive instruction. She has mentored a range of adult learners. Her passion lies in providing equitable literacy instruction to all students.

Robin Collins, MS, Ed., is the Director for School Outcomes on the East Coast for Learning Ovations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of education ranging from K-6 classroom teacher to K-3 building administrator. She has led teacher training programs and professional development for teachers across several states on the East Coast, as well as coached and managed educators ranging in experience from new to tenured. Robin’s passion lies in Early Literacy Instruction and Teacher Leadership. She has spent most of her career working with students and educators in the K-3 environment. She is well versed in using data to drive instruction, building relationships with students, teachers, and families and in using the Science of Reading to drive literacy instruction in the classroom.

Alia Gates, M.A has more than 17 years of experience in the classroom and in the educational technology landscape and is a fully credentialed teacher in California and Hawaii with a master's degree in education focusing on Literacy and Multicultural pedagogy. In addition to her many years as a classroom teacher, she also has expertise in teacher mentorship and training. Her experience with mentorship includes working as master teacher for San Jose State University, University of San Francisco, CalTEACH and as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) site mentor and master teacher for the Cupertino Unified School District. Her expertise includes: Assessment and Data, Differentiated Instruction, Adult Learning, Virtual Learning Environments, Classroom Management, Teacher Training/Coaching, Literacy and Multicultural Education and community engagement.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbook information is available for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START09/26/2022Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END05/26/2023Friday------Online (Access Ends)---