Keys to Beginning Reading – Full Course (Modules 1-9)

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Keys to Beginning Reading - Full Course (Modules 1-9)

Virtual-Live Format: Keys to Literacy trainers will use Zoom video conferencing to deliver this training in 90-minute sessions, using an interactive format with features such as breakout rooms, chat, and Google folders.

Mondays & Thursdays, 3:30-5:00: October 19, 22, 26, 29; November 2, 5, 9, 16, 19, 30; December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17; January 4, 7, 11, 14, 21

Would you like to learn evidence-based instructional suggestions for teaching beginning reading skills? Keys to Beginning Reading is just what you need! The 9 modules that make up the full Keys to Beginning Reading course provide the background knowledge needed to teach all components of beginning reading instruction. The instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading curriculum  or published reading program. The course is tightly aligned with state elementary literacy standards.

This full course includes all 9 modules related to instruction for decoding, word reading, spelling, fluency, language comprehension and making meaning. Register below or use the registration form. 

If you are interested in just those modules related to instruction for decoding, word reading, spelling and fluency, click here to register for Mini-Course A. If you are interested in just those modules related to instruction for language comprehension and making meaning, click here to register for Mini-Course B.

  • 460-page Training Manual included in the registration price (normally $99).
  • Need to miss a session? No problem…. Each meeting will be recorded and archived for you to view later.
  • Do you want graduate credit? Affordable credit is available from Pacific University: 1 credit for each mini-course, with the ability to earn additional credits for extended application work.

Full Course Syllabus:

Module 1: Reading Basics                                                          Oct 19

Components of reading, Simple View of Reading, The Reading Rope, 6 levels of language/literacy, dyslexia, decoding simulation 

Module 2: Oral Language                                                           Oct 22

Teaching listening and discussion skills, developing language through read aloud

Module 3: Phonological Awareness Part 1                                 Oct 26

Basic skills: syllable awareness, rhyming awareness, alliteration, onset-rime

Module 6: Vocabulary Part 1                                                     Oct 29

Evidence-based vocabulary instruction, previewing before reading and read aloud

Module 3: Phonological Awareness Part 2                                 Nov 2

Phonemic awareness: blending, segmenting, manipulation

Module 6: Vocabulary Part 2                                                     Nov 5

Word-connection activities

Module 4: Phonics Part 1                                                          Nov 9

The alphabetic principle, explicit structured phonics instruction, phonics lesson routine, letter naming

Module 6: Vocabulary Part 3                                                     Nov 12

Selecting and teaching words in-depth

Module 4: Phonics Part 2                                                          Nov 16

Instruction for letter sound correspondences, phonics scope and sequence, blending and segmenting to read and spell words, decodable text 

Module 6: Vocabulary Part 4                                                     Nov 19

Using context and word parts, developing word-consciousness

Module 4: Phonics Part 3                                                          Nov 30

Teaching spelling, orthographic mapping, sound walls, word chains, high-frequency sight words 

Module 7: Sentence Structure                                                  Dec 3

Basic sentence structure, activities to develop syntactic awareness

Module 4: Phonics Part 4                                                          Dec 7

Instruction for syllable types, syllabication principles

Module 8: Text Structure                                                          Dec 10

Patterns of organization and transitions, narrative and informational text structure

Module 4: Phonics Part 5                                                          Dec 14

Advanced word study: schwa, prefixes and suffixes, structural analysis

Module 9: Comprehension Part 1                                             Dec 17

Components of comprehension, metacognition, the Mental Modal and inferencing

Module 5: Fluency Part 1                                                          Jan 4

Fluency defined, assessing fluency, fluency for letter naming and letter-sound correspondences

Module 9: Comprehension Part 2                                             Jan 7

Categorizing and main idea skills

Module 5: Fluency Part 2                                                          Jan 11

Instruction for phrase, sentence, and connected text fluency; monitoring fluency progress

Module 9: Comprehension Part 3                                             Jan 14

Seeing the “big picture” using top-down topic webs; seeing the “details” using a two-column graphic organizer

Module 9: Comprehension Part 4                                             Jan 21

Retell and summary; question generation and answering


**Please note that training books will need to be mailed to participants.  Books will be mailed to the billing address provided, unless noted otherwise in the notes section of the online registration or sent to us by email.


*Registrations received after October 8 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.


View a Printable Registration Form or Register Below

Who Should Participate

All grades K-3 educators, grades 4-5 educators who provide support to struggling readers, and elementary administrators. For MA educators: the full course can help you prepare for the Foundations of Reading test!


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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