Keys to Beginning Reading Hybrid-Online, Facilitated Course

Keys to Literacy Event

Online Course and Live-Virtual Professional Development

Would you like to learn science-based instructional practices for teaching beginning reading skills? Take this eleven-week course that combines 36 hours of online course time interspersed with 12 hours of facilitated debrief sessions.

Online Course Modules: Complete 11 asynchronous modules – you can log in at any time to complete modules.

Virtual-Live Debrief Sessions: The Keys trainer will use Zoom video conferencing to facilitate the debrief sessions in an interactive format using features such as breakout rooms, chat, and Google shared documents.


The Keys to Beginning Reading professional development course provides background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading instruction and is aligned with the science of reading research. The instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading curriculum or reading program. Click here to learn more.

Each week you will spend 3 to 4 hours completing online course modules, followed by a Monday afternoon virtual-live debrief meeting. Meeting time ranges from 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, and meetings start at 3:30 p.m. EST. If you miss a meeting: Meetings will be recorded for viewing later.

Course Schedule

Week Participants complete online modules (with # of hours) Meet with KTL trainer

March 8-15

1 Reading Basics (1.5)

2 Oral Language (1.5)

March 15

3:30-4:45 EST


March 16-22

3 Phonological Awareness (3) March 22

3:30-4:45 EST


March 23-29

4 Phonics Part 1 (3.75) March 29

3:30-4:45 EST


March 30 – April 5

4 Phonics Part 2 (3.75) April 5

3:30-4:45 EST


April 6-12

5 Fluency (3) April 12

3:30-4:30 EST


April 13-19

6 Vocabulary Part 1 (3) April 19

3:30-4:30 EST


April 20-26

6 Vocabulary Part 2 (3) April 26

3:30-4:30 EST


April 27-May 3

7 Sentence Structure (1.5)

8 Text Structure (1.5

May 3

3:30-4:30 EST


May 4-10

9 Comprehension Part 1 (3) May 10

3:30-4:30 EST


May 11-17

9 Comprehension Part 2 (3) May 17

3:30-4:30 EST


May 18-24

10 Struggling Students (2)

11 Reading Assessment (2)

May 24

3:30-4:30 EST


Please note that we will be mailing the training books to participants at their home address, so we need your home mailing address on the registration form. Allow 10 days for shipping after registration is received.

Up to 5 graduate level semester credits are available from University of the Pacific at only $62 per credit:

Who Should Participate

K-3 classroom teachers of all students, K-5 intervention educators who teach reading to students who struggle with basic reading skills, literacy coaches and specialists, elementary administrators. Consider taking the course with colleagues!

View a Printable Brochure/Registration form or register below.


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.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: