FAYETTE, Iowa (September 7, 2012) –Upper Iowa University has entered into a license and restricted use agreement to offer the only Daily 5® and CAFE® course online by the 2 Sisters, creators of the innovative trade-marked programs that address literacy instruction in grades K-8. The three-credit graduate-level course will provide professional development to educators who want to accurately incorporate Daily 5® and CAFE® techniques into their classrooms.
The UIU course, called "Launching Daily 5® and CAFE®, will begin accepting enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis on September 10. The eight-week class begins in October. UIU will offer the course in each of its six, eight-week terms each year. Class size is limited to 20.
"We have worked closely with Upper Iowa University (UIU) to provide an online class in Daily 5® and CAFE® that will provide teachers with a course including components in: classroom design, brain research, motivation in teaching and learning, developing independence, organizing student data, brief and detailed focused lessons, differentiation in the literacy classroom, moving from assessment to instruction, and monitoring student progress," said the sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, in announcing the course. "UIU is a global university and supports learners from all over the world. Allison Behne, a writer on our website, is also an assistant professor of education at UIU and will be the instructor of this course. Working with UIU and Allison, we developed this course (EDU555) and it is the only course in Daily 5® and CAFE® that is licensed by us."
"Upper Iowa University is very honored to have been selected to offer this important program. The sisters' confidence in UIU pays tribute to the quality of our School of Education, our faculty and our online programs," said UIU President Alan G. Walker. "We are pleased to accept the responsibility of offering this course within the structure and principles developed by the sisters. Nothing is more important than the ability to read well as a lifetime tool, and this program will ultimately empower thousands of young readers. We are proud to be associated with it."
The UIU course will be offered through the UIU Andres School of Education. "We leaped at the opportunity to develop and offer this course on behalf of the sisters," said Gail Moorman Behrens, dean of the Andres School of Education. "We have been inspired by Gail and Joan and the work they have done to perfect these teaching techniques, and we look forward to preparing teachers to share these proven practices in their classrooms."
The Daily 5® is a literacy structure that builds student independence. It is a literacy management system that helps students develop the daily habits of reading and writing, while providing teachers an opportunity to meet with whole group, small group, and individual students.
CAFE® is an acronym for comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary. It was developed as a guide and system to focus instruction, help students set reading and behavior goals, and monitor student progress. The CAFE® menu provides a list of possible literacy strategies to help students gain the skills they need to move to the next level
The UIU course will emphasize Daily 5® and CAFE® research-based practices in literacy instruction along with materials, methods, and skills used to teach students reading in grades K-8. Upon completion, practitioners will have the knowledge to successfully implement both Daily 5® and CAFÉ® in their own classrooms.
For more information on the course, visit the UIU website at www.uiu.edu/daily5cafe or call 800-553-4150. For more information about the Daily 5® and CAFE® programs, visit the sisters' website at www.thedailycafe.com/.
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,800 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.
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