Focuses on the significance of literacy and models teachers use to foster literacy acquisition in contemporary elementary classrooms. Participants observe, demonstrate, and evaluate peers and their own literacy instruction within the context of comprehension, phonetic awareness, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing instruction and integration of fiction and nonfiction literature that stimulates joyful reading and writing. Coursework includes readings, demonstrates, simulations, lectures, dialogue, group and individual presentations, and written analyses of fieldwork data. Includes a research component. NOTE: Fieldwork required in an assigned Metro Denver area school.