Course Details

P01.038.1S17 - Building Academic Language, Grades 7-12

Course Details
Course Description: With the adoption of college and career standards, all students need support developing their understanding and use of language within an academic context. As students progress through school, subject matter becomes more complex and students must use language in more sophisticated ways to argue, to evaluate evidence, to analyze complex texts, to develop their own complex texts, and to engage academic discussions. This course is designed to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to help their students grasp language principles and develop the academic language skills they need to reach their highest levels of academic achievement across all grade bands and content areas. Building Academic Language introduces teachers to the features and functions of academic language, strategies and activities for supporting the use of academic language, techniques for modeling academic language, and ideas for lesson planning and assessment that support academic language development. This course’s key activities include videos, readings, reflection questions, discussion prompts, and resources that bridge course learning to classroom practice. The course also utilizes multiple assessments including a Check for Understanding to assess learning in each unit, pre and post surveys, a Mid-course project, and a Final Capstone Project. The KDS Theory of Action is that by learning through the combination of Instruction (40%), Coaching (20%), and Practice (40%), educators will have the research-based learning experiences necessary to change their practice. Three principles support our course design: Professional development should be intensive, ongoing, and connected to practice; Modeling is highly effective in helping teachers understand a new practice; and Teachers’ initial exposure to a concept should not be passive, but should engage teachers through varied approaches so they can actively participate in making sense of a new practice.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 04/17/2017 Start Date: 02/13/2017 End Date: 06/23/2017
Location: Online Prof. Dev. Hours: 36 No. of P-Credits: 3 Categories: English Language Arts
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 7,8,9,10,11,12
Danielson Components 1a : Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
3d : Using Assessment in Instruction
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. Contact:
Instructor # 1: Sophia Thwaites Instructor # 2: Sophia Thwaites
ASPDP Fee: $125.00 Education Partner Fee: $174.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $299.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction:

This is a self-paced online course. There is a two-step registration/enrollment process to get started.

Step 1: Register: Register and pay a non-refundable payment of $125 course payment at the time of registration on the ASPDP website. Once payment has been made with the ASPDP, the participants will receive an e-mail confirmation transaction reference number from ASPDP.

Step 2: Enroll: Enroll and pay a $174 Educational Partner fee paid by credit card at, Special Instructions: To access coursework, please visit If you have any questions or need support, please call 1-800-728-0032 or email