Keys to Comprehension for SEI and English as a Second Language

Keys to Literacy Event



This 15-hour professional development offering consists of two days (11 hours) of training and 4 hours of independent practice activities. Upon completion, participants receive a 15 PDP certificate that meets the Massachusetts teacher certification requirement of 15 PDPs related to SEI and English as a Second Language. This professional development uses the content from The Key Comprehension Routine training. Educators learn how to teach strategies in an SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) classroom using existing content reading and instructional materials. They also learn how to use Key Comprehension strategies to consolidate content to make it more accessible to ELLs, and to create opportunities for elaborated talk about content between ELLs and fluent English peers.

When used across multiple grade levels students benefit from a consistent approach to comprehension instruction as they move from grade to grade and subject to subject.

Educators who have already attended full training for The Key Comprehension Routine should not attend this session because much of the training content is based on topics covered in our standard Key Comprehension training.

Training Description

The following topics are covered:

  • ELLs and the Five Components of Reading
  • Differentiation and Scaffolds for ELLs
  • Critical Thinking
  • Main idea skills
  • Text structure
  • Top-down topic webs
  • Two-column notes
  • Summarizing
  • Question Generation


Who Should Participate

 Grades 4-6 elementary teachers, 7-12 content classroom teachers, educators who provide support to struggling readers and administrators for these teachers.


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

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