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GWC 500-23 Promoting literacy within medical-related careers

Ended Jan 10, 2020
2 credits

Full course description

Event Sponsor: 

Century High School

Event Contact Name: 

Mary Palmer

Position or Title: 

Instructional Coach

Event Contact Phone: 

(701) 323-6522

Event Contact Email:

Event Location: 

Century High School

Event Start Date: 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Event End Date: 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Objective and Outcomes: *

• Participants will collaborate with district and department med related careers instructors to determine student problem areas in medical terminology and literacy.
• Participants will build a bank of common medical terminology to address these needs.
• Participants will determine and implement several strategies to improve literacy needed for the healthcare worker.
• Participants will reflect and share best practices in literacy.

Resources/Course Materials: *

• Mary Palmer, instructional coach
• Booth, K. A. (2013). Healthcare science technology: A complete online learning
system. Bothell, WA: McGraw-Hill Education.
• Jones, B. D. (2016). Comprehensive medical terminology. Boston, MA: Cengage
• Heather Frey and her Instructional coach at BHS
Various online sources that specifically focus on building vocabulary skills through teaching of morphemes and context


paper roster check

Evaluation and Evidence of Learning and Application: 

1. Reflections on New Learning (Describe the information sharing or collaboration options your participants will engage in as evidence of reflection upon the session content.)
• Weekly meetings as a PLC and individual content areas: Teachers in the medical-related careers department will meet two times per week to discuss problem areas with reading and writing and create effective ways to address the deficits commonly found in our students’ literacy skills. We will develop a list of commonly used medical terms and commit to using different strategies to teach those in our classrooms. We will share strategies and discuss student progress. Teachers are encouraged to ask questions and search for evidence/research to move the work forward.
• Each teacher will show student growth in writing by choosing 3 current event projects to analyze and compare. Students will also be assessed on those vocabulary words to allow for comparisons on test scores throughout the district. Teachers will share with their information at our district-wide PLC and the CHS PLC group—they will share their approach, their strategies, and their successes.

2. Application of New Learning: (Describe what participants will be asked to do to show evidence of application of the session content to their work.)
• Med related careers teachers will incorporate literacy into each unit. We will have many forms of evidence to support the growth of students including: vocabulary assessments, current events rubrics/ newly created assignments, quizlet study sets, student current event projects to compare, followed by a documentation component in which students will fill in the correct vocabulary term into an actual patient chart correctly (using contextual clues). We will also finish with a research project to further address the literacy needs.