Jim developed LLED 557: Family Literacy: Issues and Perspectives which is one of the core courses in the Early Literacy Focus graduate program. It is offered at least once each academic year.
Along with Dr. Marilyn Chapman, he co-developmed a graduate course LLED 556: Theory and Research in Early Literacy. It is also offered at least once each academic year.
Dr. Chapman and Jim also co- developed LLED 321: Teaching and Learning Language and Literacy: Kindergarten and Primary Grades.
Jim also re-conceptualized and redeveloped the former LLED 475: Corrective Reading and LLED 476: Remedial Reading into a new course LLED 456: Identifying and Supporting Learners with Literacy Difficulties.
In addition to course development, Jim has also been involved with program development. From June 1997 to June 1998, Jim served as one of two departmental representatives on the Revised Teacher Education Program Committee. The committee and subcommittees that arose from it met often for intensive sessions. In addition, the committee also met with groups representing various constituencies including: teachers, current teacher education students, recent graduates of the Teacher Education Program, principals and vice-principals, the College of Teachers, school district administrators, and departments within the Faculty of Education.