Turn Your Reading Into Positive and Effective Improvement in Your Classroom or at Your School

Teacher taking USD Read, Empower, Act, Discover Series courses is reading her book selectionRead, Empower, Act, Discover (R.E.A.D.) Part I Series consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators who wish to launch a critical dialogue on today's issues and concerns that affect our schools, portrayed in one or more of our preselected book titles. Engage with literature to promote continuous improvement and professional development.

Over 125 books to choose from!

Journey further with the same subject matter and take the optional corresponding Read, Empower, Act, Discover (R.E.A.D.) Part II (two-units) course to build on the ideas and perspectives learned in the chosen book, pursuing avenues of further research and action to improve education.

Who Should Attend

These courses are designed for K-12 teachers, administrators, early-childhood educators, community college level instructors, museum personnel; other educators may also find the course helpful.  NOTE: If you are a DoDEA educator, you may want to consider USD's course series Project READ for DoDEA/Int'l School Educators Series which similarly has courses tied to books that have been recommended by DoDEA.  Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using course units toward salary advancement, credential renewing, and/or recertification.  Not all courses may qualify in your local school district.

Program Details

  1. Choose a course from our R.E.A.D. Part I Series, which corresponds to an approved book title. Scroll through the list by category to find courses. Read the book and complete written assignments.  Course instructions will be available to you in your account, upon enrollment.
  2. Process what you have read and:
  • Compose a reflection of the book
  • Prepare a book review per instructions provided
  • Arts Education
  • Classroom Practice
  • Community Connections
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Educational Leadership (for Teachers)
  • Educational Technology
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners
  • Foreign Language Learning/LOTE
  • Health, Physical Education, and Coaching
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Review courses by clicking on a book category listed on this page; or for your convenience, view this printable pdf of the current booklist which includes brief book descriptions by category:

Printable Booklist/Book Descriptions

Enroll in one or more R.E.A.D. Part I courses in this series, or upon completion of each R.E.A.D. Part I course, delve further into the subject matter by considering earning two more units with the corresponding R.E.A.D. Part II Series course using the same text.

  • Summarize, analyze, and critique literature relevant to teaching and learning
  • Contextualize the subject matter presented in today's classroom and educational environment
  • Summarize, analyze, and critique literature relevant to teaching and learning
  • Contextualize the subject matter presented in today's classroom and educational environment
  1. Review the book selections from the list of categories and choose a course.
  2. Select and order the corresponding book. Books can be reviewed on the course page, and ordered through Amazon.com or other linked vendor.
  3. Enroll in the course.
  4. Upon receipt of enrollment and payment confirmation by email, detailed course instructions will be available under My Courses in your account at http://PCE.sandiego.edu.
  5. Upon completion of all assignments, you will submit an electronic file of your completed work by uploading it to the course under My Courses in your account at http://PCE.sandiego.edu.  The assigned instructor will review and evaluate your work, and provide you with feedback via email.  One complimentary official transcript with your final grade will be sent to your mailing address on file, via standard U.S. Postal Service mail.
"I appreciate all the great courses you offer.  My teaching is more effective because of what I’m learning in the Read, Empower, Act, Discover Series." - Laura Rodriguez, Educator
"These courses are nice, self-paced method of professional development and gaining units to move on my payscale. I like how many choices there are and the opportunity to tie learning into my personal experience as an educator." -- Bret Baker, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, Yucaipa, California
"These courses were well balanced by challenging me to think and make me show what I had learned while not making me jump through endless and pointless hoops. I enjoyed the process and fully achieved my professional advancement units and goals." -- John Hogue, Educator, Central Unified School District, Fresno County, California
"It was great being able to get the credit I needed quickly and for a reasonable price. I was impressed how quickly the professor got the assignment graded and back to me after I finished the course. I will definitely continue to take courses through USD and recommend them to my colleagues." -- Angela Barnes, Educator, Department of Defense Schools
"This is a GREAT program for self-directed professional development. I really love the READ series of courses and will continue to take them and explore more areas of study." -- Aimee Glotz, Educator, Wiseburn Unified School District, California

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