The Key Comprehension Routine, Train-the-Trainer

Keys to Literacy Event

Virtual Online Training

5 Days: July 21, 22, 23, 26, 27

Learn to be a trainer for The Key Comprehension Routine! Is your school or district interested in offering professional development for comprehension instruction using in-house trainers? If the answer is yes, then this train-the-trainer might be right for you.


The Key Comprehension Routine is a research-based comprehension instruction professional development program for teachers of any subject in grades 4-12. Teachers learn how to teach strategies using existing content reading and instructional materials. When used across multiple grade levels, students benefit from a consistent approach to comprehension instruction as they move from grade to grade and subject to subject. The routine includes:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Categorizing and main idea skills
  • Topic web graphic organizer
  • Two-column notes
  • Summarizing
  • Student question generation

This five-day course prepares literacy educators to provide professional development for this teaching routine using face-to-face training combined with an online course.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Deliver initial training to teachers
  • Provide follow-up coaching to teachers
  • Deliver a workshop for administrators about how to support implementation

Upon completion of the course, participants will become licensed trainers and can deliver training for their sponsoring school district.

What’s included:

  • 5 days of training, certificate of 27.5 hours
  • Materials: The Key Comprehension Routine training book, online course registration, Level I Trainer Manual and all training materials
  • Free access to the password protected Keys to Literacy resource center

Graduate Credit is available from University of the Pacific.


This Train-the-Trainer model is for districts that want to use in-house staff to provide training to teachers. Teachers learn the teaching routine via a combination of face-to-face sessions (9 hours) conducted by district Level I trainers and completion of an online training course (approx. 13 hours). Level I trainers have flexible scheduling options for delivery in full days, half-days, or 90-minute sessions.

School districts are required to purchase a training book and online registration for each educator who is trained by a Level I Trainer at a cost of $100 per person (plus shipping for the book).

Recommended Trainer Experience

In order to deliver successful training for our programs, we recommend that Level I Trainers have the following:

  • Experience teaching students in grades 4-12
  • Experience delivering formal professional development to groups of educators, including the use of PowerPoint slides
  • Background knowledge about research-based methods for teaching literacy


The online course is an essential component of this Level I training. Participants will need to use a desktop or laptop computer. During the 5 days of training, you will complete online course modules, observe the trainer modeling the face-to-face sessions, and participate in debriefing activities.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 - 10:00     training
  • 10:00 - 10:15   break
  • 10:15 - 11:45   training
  • 11:45 - 12:30   lunch break
  • 12:30 - 2:00     training
  • 2:00 - 2:15       break
  • 2:15 - 3:15       training

Address to Ship Materials

Please note that we will be mailing the training book and Trainer Manuals 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 experience training educators and a strong background in research-based literacy instruction.

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The Key Comprehension Routine, Train-the-Trainer (July 21-27, 2021: Virtual)
July 21-27, 2021: Virtual
$ 1,100.00


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.

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