Keys to Beginning Reading: Teacher Training

Keys to Literacy Event

NOTE: We will be monitoring the effect that the Corona Virus may have on the ability to run this as a live event and the option of replacing it with a virtual event. If you register and the event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded. Contact us for details.

Would you like to learn science-based instructional suggestions for teaching beginning reading skills? This course is just what you need! This practical course provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading. The instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading curriculum or published reading program. To learn more about Keys to Beginning Reading click here.

Training Description

The course is organized into nine modules that range from 1.5 to 7.5 hours each. Combined, the modules form the components of beginning reading instruction, just as pieces of fabric are stitched together to form a whole quilt. For this summer institute, the full course will be offered over 5 days (July 13-17) for a total of 32 hours.

Module topics:

  1. Reading Basics: stages of reading development; 5 components of reading; levels of language
  2. Oral Language: speaking & listening skills; talk moves for discussion; developing language through read aloud
  3. Phonological Awareness: word & syllable awareness; rhyming, alliteration, onset-rime; phonemic awareness
  4. Phonics: alphabetic principle; letter recognition & naming; multisensory cuing for letter-sound correspondences; systematic scope & sequence; syllable type, syllable division & structural analysis for multisyllable words
  5. Fluency: accuracy, rate, prosody; letter-sound fluency; syllable, word, phrase fluency; oral reading of connected text fluency
  6. Vocabulary: previewing unfamiliar words; text talk for read aloud; activities to connect vocabulary; teaching academic words in-depth; using context and word parts
  7. Sentence Structure: teaching sentence skills to develop syntactic awareness
  8. Text Structure: patterns of organization and transition words; informational and expository text structures
  9. Comprehension: metacognition; making inferences; beginning comprehension strategies – categorizing, graphic organizers, retell, summary, answering and generating questions

Graduate credit is available for the full course through University of the Pacific. Click here for details. 

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Who Should Participate

Educators who teach beginning reading skills in grades K-3, educators of struggling readers in grades 4-5, reading specialists or coaches, administrators who are responsible for literacy curriculum.


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: