Keys to Beginning Reading, Train-the-Facilitator

Keys to Literacy Event

Virtual Online Training

Learn to be a facilitator for the hybrid-online facilitated course!

Is your school or district interested in offering hybrid-online professional development for Keys to Beginning Reading using in-house facilitators? If the answer is yes, this Train-the-Facilitator might be right for you!


What is Keys to Beginning Reading? It is a professional development course that provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading instruction, aligned with the science of reading research. See the course outline below  for content details. Click here to learn more about the course.

What is the Hybrid-Online Model? Educators complete 36 hours of online course modules and participate in 12 hours of facilitated debrief sessions. The online modules are asynchronous – users log in at any time. The debrief sessions are interspersed following a flexible schedule.

What does a facilitator do? Once you successfully complete this Train-the-Facilitator training, you will be certified to facilitate the debrief sessions with educators who take the Keys to Beginning Reading online course. The sessions provide an opportunity for educators to collaborate as you debrief activities completed during the online course, share ideas for connecting to the classroom, and answer questions about course content. You will learn how to facilitate these meetings in face-to-face format or using Zoom virtual meetings.

What is the cost? The cost to attend the Train-the-Facilitator training is $999 which includes 3 days of training, online course registration and training manual, and a Facilitator’s Kit with the materials and files you will need to facilitate the debrief meetings. Please note that the registration cost for educators who take the online course is $299 per person (includes a copy of the training manual).

 Train-the-Facilitator Requirements: To successfully complete this training and become a certified facilitator, you must do the following:

  • Complete the 36-hour online course prior to attending the 3 days of training
  • Complete the 3-day Train-the-Facilitator training
  • Pass the Keys to Beginning Reading teacher assessment with a score of at least 80%

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


Prior to May 4, you must complete the 36 hours of the online course. The course is asynchronous – you can log on any time to complete the modules at your own pace.

During the 3 days of training:

The Keys to Literacy trainer will model how to conduct the 12 hours of facilitated meetings, with you in the role of teacher. After each module debrief, the trainer will offer facilitation suggestions, answer your questions, and walk you through the materials in your Facilitator’s Kit (e.g., PowerPoints, activity handouts).

During the training, you will be asked to complete a Keys to Beginning Reading  assessment which you must pass with an 80% score or higher. You will have an opportunity to study the course content and take the test again if you do not pass it the first time. The assessment is designed to ensure that you are sufficiently knowledgeable about the course content to be able to facilitate debrief sessions.

Keys to Beginning Reading Online Modules:

Module 1: Reading Basics (1.5 hrs)

Module 2: Oral Language (1.5 hrs)

Module 3: Phonological Awareness (3 hrs)

Module 4: Phonics (7.5 hrs)

Module 5: Fluency (3 hrs)

Module 6: Vocabulary (6 hrs)

Modules 7 & 8: Sentence Structure, Text Structure (1.5 hrs each)

Module 9: Comprehension (6 hrs)

Module 10: Instruction for Struggling Students (2 hrs)

Module 11: Reading Assessment (2 hrs)


Please note that we will be mailing the training book and Facilitator’s Kit 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.



Who Should Participate

Any literacy coach, administrator, or classroom teacher who has literacy instruction experience. This training is perfect if you have skills and interest in facilitating professional sharing meetings!

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Keys to Beginning Reading, Train-the-Facilitator (May 4-6, 2021: Virtual)
May 4-6, 2021: Virtual
$ 999.00


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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