Key Vocabulary Routine Train the Trainer

Keys to Literacy Event

The 5-day training is broken into two sections: April 29 through May 1 AND June 3 and 4.

Advanced training for building or district level individuals to become Certified Level I Trainers for The Key Vocabulary Routine.


The Key Vocabulary Routine is a research-based vocabulary instruction professional development program for grades 3-12. The training can be used to support an MTSS district or building literacy model for Tier I Core instruction and Tiers II & III supplemental instruction. The routine includes:

  • previewing unknown vocaculary before reading
  • using activities that make connections between known and unknown words (semantic mapping, categorizing, semantic feature analysis, scaling)
  • selecting academic words to teach in-depth
  • activities for learning words in-depth (Frayer, Concept Definition Map, Two-Column) and user-friendly definitions
  • word learning strategies (using the context, using word parts)
  • promoting a word conscious classroom

This five-day course prepares literacy educators to provide professional development for this teaching routine. Participants will learn how to:

  • Deliver initial training for teachers using a hybrid-online model that combines face-to-face training with an online course *
  • Provide follow-up coaching to teachers
  • Deliver a workshop for administrators about how to support implementation

Upon completion of the course, participants will become licensed trainers and can deliver training for their sponsoring school district.

What’s included:

  • 5 days of training, certificate of 27.5 hours
  • Materials: The Key Vocabulary Routine training book, online course registration, Level I Trainer Manual and all training materials
  • Free access to the password protected Keys to Literacy resource center


This Train-the-Trainer model is for districts that want to use in-house staff to provide training to teachers. Teachers learn the teaching routine via a combination of face-to-face sessions conducted by district Level I certified trainers and completion of online-training modules. School districts are required to pay Keys to Literacy a set fee ($100) for each teacher who is trained by a Level I Trainer. The fee covers the cost of a training book and the online course.


The online course for The Key Vocabulary Routine is an essential component of this Level I training. It is also used by certified Level I trainers to deliver professional training for the program. Participants must bring a laptop to the training to access the online course.

Click here to download a brochure/registration form, or register below. 

Who Should Participate

 Recommended Trainer Experience: In order to deliver successful training for our programs, we recommend that district-based Level I Trainers have the following:

  • Experience teaching students in grades K-12
  • Experience delivering formal professional development to groups of teachers
  • Background knowledge about research-based methods for teaching literacy


Enter the number of attendees you wish to register for Key Vocabulary Routine Train the Trainer.

Date and Location Number of Attendees to Register
April 29-May 1 and June 3-4, 2019: Statesville, NC
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