Keys to Beginning Reading – Phonology & Phonics Modules 1, 3 & 4 (Virtual Live)

Keys to Literacy Event

Training Dates are February 24 & March 17!  (This is a two day training.)

Virtual, Live Professional Development

The Keys to Beginning Reading professional development course provides background knowledge needed to teach all the 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 full course is 36 hours. This two-day session covers Modules 1, 3 and 4. The $99 Keys to Beginning Reading training manual is included in the registration price.

Topic Details

Module 1 Reading Basics (1.5 hours)

Module 1 covers the five components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel and the Simple View of Reading, the stages of reading development, language components that are tied to reading (e.g., phonology, orthography, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse), and basic principles for teaching reading.

Module 3 Phonological Awareness (3 hours)

Module 3 explains and provides instructional suggestions for these levels of phonological awareness: word awareness, syllable awareness, alliteration, onset/rime and rhyme awareness. Instructional suggestions for teaching phonemic awareness are also provided, including suggestions for blending, segmenting, and manipulating phonemes (sounds) in words. Informal assessment for phonological awareness is also addressed.

Module 4 Phonics (7.5 hours)

Module 4 covers topics related to phonics instruction across grades K-3. The module begins with the connection between phonological awareness and learning the alphabetic principle. Guidelines for effective phonics instruction are provided, including a suggested scope and sequence for explicit and systematic phonics instruction. Instructional suggestions begin with early kindergarten and grade 1 phonics skills such as letter recognition/naming and letter-sound correspondences, and then blending and segmenting to read and spell words. Advanced phonics concepts that are introduced in grades 2 and 3 are addressed, including syllable types, syllabication and structural analysis to decode longer words, the concept of schwa, and word parts including roots, prefixes and suffixes (morphology).

The online participation schedule will be as follows:

8:30-10:00 Session One

10:00-10:30 BREAK

10:30-12:00 Session Two

12:00-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-2:00 Session Three

2:00-2:30 BREAK

2:30-4:00 Session Four


In order to maximize participants’ online experience, each offering will be limited to the first 35 people to register.


**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 February 10 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.

Graduate credit available from Pacific University. Click here for information.

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, and administrators who plan elementary reading curriculum.

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Keys to Beginning Reading - Modules 1, 3 & 4 (Virtual Live) (February 24-March 17, 2021: Virtual)
February 24-March 17, 2021: Virtual
$ 299.00


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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