Continuing Education
Gwen Kong –

Growing Biliteracies Series

Summer registration is closed.  Check back soon for Fall 2020 details!

EXCITING NEWS! Quite a few Heritage Language teachers have contacted us interested in strengthening their reading/literacy skills. We have finalized a series of courses for YOU in cooperation with our Reading and Literacy programs! As with all of our offerings, these will be web-based, you can opt to take these for graduate credit or continuing education CEUs. Participants will be a combination of HL teachers and "typical" literacy/reading teachers.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jenna Cushing-Leubner (Certificates in Heritage Language Education Coordinator):

Dates: Summer 2020

  • Session One: Foundations for Becoming a Reading Teacher | Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, July 3, 2020 - closed
  • Session Two: Reading Across Content Areas | Monday,  June 15 - Saturday, July 25, 2020 - closed

Limited to the first 25 registrants, per session.

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Online registrations accepted until  5/10/20 for session one and 5/31/20 for session two, at noon.

If you plan to register for more than one course, please contact course instructor before registering (

Cost each class: $ 450

Seeking Course Credit: Do not register on this site if seeking course credit. See Course Credit below for details.

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction and CEU.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

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Are you finding yourself teaching literacy and developing identities as readers amongst your learners? Are you seeing the impacts of approaches like free voluntary reading (FVR), readers’ and writers’ theater, units of writing study, but don’t feel confident yet with what it means to teach reading and writing? This course will give you an overview of what goes into creating an early and developmental reading program. This includes developing the skills necessary for critical reading; developing identities as readers; and supporting your students in developing their own tastes and attitudes towards different kinds of books. We’ll also learn how to adjust and adapt materials and teaching methods to meet individual reading needs. (seeking a WI Reading License? credit option: READING 764)

Web-based 5/26-7/3, with informal video-based discussions scheduled to fit participants’ availability.

Required Book:  Vacca, J.A., Vacca, R.T., et al. (2018)  Reading and Learning to Read  10 th Edition. Pearson. (available to rent as eBook for $30 or as paperback for $36 through Amazon:

Do you want to dig deeper into different topics with your learners and are looking for ways to support them in understanding content-rich texts? Do you use a content-based language approach with you multilingual and emergent language learners? In this class, we’ll strengthen our abilities to use reading skills, study strategies, and a range of materials across different content areas. We will learn techniques to incorporate and strengthen reading abilities in connection to meaningful content and as part of content-based instruction.

Required Book: Vacca, R.T., Vacca, J.L., & Mraz, M.E. (2017). Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum12 th Edition . (available to rent as eBook for $30 through Amazon:

(seeking a WI Reading License? credit option: READING 772) Web-based 6/15-7/25, with informal video-based discussions scheduled to fit participants’ availability.

Do you want to become more confident in your ability to assess where your learners are at in their confidence and skills with reading and writing? This is a course designed to provide experience in the use of formal and informal assessments to plan, implement, evaluate and revise instruction to meet the needs and interests of readers in your classes who are not yet confident or reading at their fullest potential. Meeting the literacy needs of children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds is emphasized.

(for credit option: READING 766)

(seeking a WI Reading License? dates tba, weekly fall 2020)

This course will focus on teaching for biliteracy and supporting emergent biliteracy amongst heritage and bilingual learners who have not experienced consistent bilingual and biliteracy education in their times in schools. We will focus on bidirectional transfer of literacy skills – or how reading and writing skills, strengths, and abilities can strengthen and inform those in another language. As a group, we will strengthen our understanding of biliteracy strategies, and will collectively develop and share units that combine our knowledge of becoming multilingual language arts teachers to differentiate for the range of language and literacy confidences common in heritage language classes.

*This offering is not part of the WI Reading License series. We will be using a synchronous, video-based and interactive virtual classroom, as we do in the other core Certificate in Heritage Language Education offerings.

**If you want to take this for credit, see the “Course Credit” section. If you are seeking a WI Reading license, you will need to take READING 767 practicum.)

(dates tba, Spring 2021)

Current UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate or undergraduate credit please register using WINS.

Non-UW-Whitewater students seeking credit please contact Carrie Lencho before registering at

If you have teaching license and are seeking additional licensure in world (heritage) languge education, please email Dr. Jenna Cushing-Leubner ( before registering.

If you have a teaching license and seeking an additional licensure in Teaching Reading, please email Dr. May Vang ( before registering.

For More Information

If you have questions about the course, please contact:  Jenna Cushing-Leubner


Dr. May Vang - bio/photo coming soon

Dr. Kelly Hatch- bio/photo coming soon

Jen Lopez

Jen López is a licensed K-12 Spanish teacher and has been teaching high school Heritage Spanish courses for nine years. Over the years, she has worked to move her program from one focused on memorizing grammar rules and vocabulary to one that focuses on literacy skills that transfer to different courses and different areas of students’ personal and professional lives. During the summer of 2019, she attended professional development with her school’s English department, and together they decided to implement a workshop model in their classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Her Heritage 1 classes include daily independent choice reading and choice writing activities. She has presented at MCTLC and CSCTFL and blogs about her workshop classroom at

Dr. Jenna Cushing-Leubner is an Assistant Professor in World Languages Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she coordinates the World Languages licensure program and the Certificate in Heritage Language Education, and teaches in the Bilingual & Bicultural / ESL minor program. She has spent the last nine years working with teachers to create high school Spanish and Hmong heritage language programs and ESL classes that emphasize community knowledge, identity work, multimodal literacies, social justice, youth research, and transformative teaching.

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