Instructor: Rita Platt

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Teaching reading, writing and ESL are Rita Platt's passion. She's a National Board Certified teacher and has taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th grade. As a reading/literacy specialist and independent consultant she's worked with grades pre-kindergarten through adult-aged learners. From tiny isolated Inuit villages in remote Alaska, to inner-city schools in major urban areas, to her current role as the teacher-librarian at a small school in northern Wisconsin, Rita has loved it all! Teaching online courses has been a highlight of Rita's career, as she loves being able to support her fellow teachers in their quests to better meet the needs of students. Rita is the mother to two wonderful children, a boy and a girl, and her hobbies are reading, playing the guitar, writing, and traveling whenever and wherever she can.


Classes by this instructor


T&L 2900: VIR: Character Education for the 21st Century (K-12)
Incorporating character education into your daily lessons can help your classroom run more effectively. Teachers work hard to help students become educated world citizens and whether they realize it or not, teachers are constantly modeling and teaching character education throughout the school day. This online course is designed to guide teachers through the six pillars of character education - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024
T&L 2900: VIR: Focused Interventions to Improve Executive Function Skills (K-12)
Have you ever worked with a student who just can't seem to grasp a certain concept, no matter how hard either of you tries? Or perhaps you may have encountered a student whose desk is such a mess that s/he can never seem to remember where s/he put things? Or a student who, having just listened to you explain directions, has no idea where to start? While frustrating, these scenarios (and others like them) can be explained by a deficit in a student's executive function (EF) skills.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024
T&L 2900: VIR: A Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Students who Challenge Us (K-5)
As a busy elementary school teacher, do you find it difficult to support all your students' individual academic and behavioral needs? Do you have certain students who challenge you more than others? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-5 who want to learn how to use a multi-tiered system to support all their students' academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024
T&L 2900: VIR: Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers (PreK-2)
This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading for each of their students from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundational skills into everyday practice.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024
T&L 2900: VIR: Supporting Students Using a MTSS Framework (Grades 6-12)
Do you have certain students who challenge you more than others? This online course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12 who want to learn how to use a multi-tiered system to support all their students' academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs. Universal screening measures are examined as well as using data to guide decisions within the classroom, with a focus on identifying students at-risk for poor academic outcomes.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024
T&L 2900: VIR: The Science of Reading (K-5)
The science of reading simply means reading instruction that is based on what has been scientifically proven to work. This online course provides K-5 teachers with the perfect tools to approach reading instruction using best practices, with readers specifically putting five areas of focus together (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension) in order to become successful readers.
October 1, 2021 to October 1, 2024