The Key Vocabulary Routine (Live Virtual Training)

Keys to Literacy Event

Training Dates are February 12 & March 5!  (This is a two day training.)

Live, Virtual Professional Development

This professional development presents evidence-based instructional practices for teaching academic vocabulary throughout the school day in all subject areas. Participants learn how to teach academic vocabulary using existing content reading instructional materials. When used across multiple grade levels, students benefit from a consistent approach to vocabulary instruction as they move from grade to grade and subject to subject. The session will be live using Zoom Meeting and other remote learning technology.

Training Description

State literacy standards require students to build the academic vocabulary they need to access grade level content and complex texts. The Key Vocabulary Routine provides vocabulary instruction that all teachers can use to teach vocabulary and word learning skills. The following topics are covered in this session:

  • Activities for previewing vocabulary before reading
  • Four activities for teaching words by relating them to background knowledge and related words (categorizing, semantic mapping, semantic feature analysis, scaling)
  • Selecting specific words from content to teach in-depth
  • Using vocabulary templates to learn everything about a word (Frayer, Concept Definition Map, two-column notes)
  • Generating user-friendly definitions
  • Teaching use of context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Using morphology – knowledge of word parts (roots, prefixes, suffixes) to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Promoting word consciousness in the classroom

The online participation schedule will be as follows (times are EDT):

8:45-9:00 Sign in, extra help with Zoom Meeting

9:00-10:30 Session 1 (90)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2 (90)

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00 Session 3 (75)

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 (75)

Total Delivery time: 5.5 hours


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 January 29 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.

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


Who Should Participate

Grades 3-12 educators who want to learn effective vocabulary instruction practices for all students, including students with reading disabilities.

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The Key Vocabulary Routine (Live Virtual Training) (February 12-March 5, 2021: Virtual)
February 12-March 5, 2021: Virtual
$ 289.00


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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