American College of Education Announces Conference and Graduate Course for Indiana Reading Teachers

Oct 13 2011

Collaboration with Indiana Department of Education and Wilson Education Center Features Literacy Expert Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Indianapolis (Oct. 12, 2011) – American College of Education announces its collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and Wilson Education Center to present a professional development conference and graduate-level online course for K-6 reading teachers in Indiana featuring literacy expert Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

The one-day conference, "Teaching Reading is Rocket Science," takes place on Monday, Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The program provides educators with a deep foundational knowledge based in real-world experience and Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR).

"We are proud to be working with the American College for Education and the Wilson Education Center to give Indiana educators this tremendous professional development opportunity," said Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education. "I encourage educators from across the state to take part in both the one-day conference and the online course."

Dr. Moats, founder of the LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Louisa Moats Literacy Academy, will present three sessions:

  • Why Teaching Reading is Rocket Science
  • Code-based Instruction and Spelling Phonology
  • Teaching Vocabulary

Educators may register for the complimentary event at Seating is limited.

The five-week online course, "The Foundations of Reading Instruction," begins on Nov. 28. Designed for K-6 reading teachers, the coursework also provides resources for middle and high school special education teachers. Tuition is $580, but complimentary for the first 150 teachers to enroll. Educators may register for the course at by Nov. 21.

Course participants receive support from an online LETRS trainer and American College of Education professor. Upon successful completion, educators receive four quarter-hour graduate credits from American College of Education and 45 professional growth points from IDOE.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Indiana Department of Education and Wilson Education Center to offer this conference and online course to Indiana reading teachers," said Sandra J. Doran, J.D., president of American College of Education. "Our flexible, affordable programs give educators an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from the research-based, real-life experience of Dr. Louisa Moats and her LETRS Academy."

About American College of Education

American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students nationally and internationally. American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about American College of Education, visit