Keys to Beginning Reading Mini-Course A: Decoding, Word Reading, Spelling, Fluency (Modules 1, 3, 4, 5 – Virtual Live)

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Keys to Beginning Reading - Mini-Course A: Decoding, Word Reading, Spelling, Fluency

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, 3:30-5:00: October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 4, 11

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 Mini-Course A includes the modules related to instruction for decoding, word reading, spelling and fluency (Modules 1, 3, 4, 5). Register below or use the registration form. 

Mini-Course B includes modules related to language comprehension (Modules 2, 6, 7, 8, 9,). Click here to register for that course.

Want to take the full course? Both mini courses will be offered again from February to April so you can take the other half later. OR take them both this fall (two afternoons per week) for a reduced price of $649! Click here to register for the full course.

  • 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.

Mini-Course A 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 3: Phonological Awareness Part 1                              Oct 26

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

Module 3: Phonological Awareness Part 2                              Nov 2

Phonemic awareness: blending, segmenting, manipulation       

Module 4: Phonics Part 1                                                          Nov 9

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

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 4: Phonics Part 3                                                          Nov 30

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

Module 4: Phonics Part 4                                                          Dec 7

Instruction for syllable types, syllabication principles

Module 4: Phonics Part 5                                                          Dec 14

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

Module 5: Fluency Part 1                                                          Jan 4

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

Module 5: Fluency Part 2                                                          Jan 11

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


**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!


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