Keys to Literacy Partnership with WI Reads

Keys to Literacy is proud to partner with WI Reads to offer our Keys to Beginning Reading (KBR) course at a discounted price for Wisconsin higher education faculty. This 36-hour course provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading instruction using a structured language approach, and is ideal for those who teach early literacy courses in teacher preparation programs. This course will equip higher education faculty to ensure their course content is aligned with structured literacy practices.

About Keys to Beginning Reading for WI Higher Education Faculty

Keys to Beginning Reading for higher education faculty includes an asynchronous course combined with live facilitated sessions with a seasoned Keys to Literacy trainer. The online course takes approximately 36 hours to complete and includes a training manual.  After completing a designated number of modules independently, faculty will meet with their Keys to Literacy trainer to debrief the content and discuss how to translate the work into course planning for students. Keys to Literacy offers five, 2.5 hour facilitated sessions around Keys to Beginning Reading course content. 

The online course contains 11 modules covering the following topics: 

  • Reading Basics 
  • Oral Language 
  • Phonological & Phonemic Awareness 
  • Phonics & Advanced Word study 
  • Fluency 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Sentence and Text Structure  
  • Comprehension  
  • Students with Reading Difficulties
  • Reading Assessment 

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Accredited & WI Act 20 Compliant

This practical course is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Center for Effective Reading Instruction. The course includes evidenced-based instructional practices aligned with the National Reading Panel and subsequent Institute of Education Science research guides, including a direct and structured approach to literacy 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 course is tightly aligned with state literacy standards. 

Partnership Discounts

In partnership with WI Reads, we are delighted to offer up to 35 Wisconsin higher education faculty an exclusive discount on access to the Keys to Beginning Reading facilitated online course. The total cost for higher education faculty is $555, which includes access to the online course, the training manual, and 12 hours of facilitated sessions to gain deeper insights into the course content.

Facilitated Session Schedule

All sessions will take place from 4:00-6:00 pm central time on the following dates:

  • 1/29/24 Kickoff meeting
  • 2/19/24 Session 1
  • 3/11/24 Session 2
  • 4/1/24 Session 3
  • 4/22/24 Session 4
  • 5/6/24 Session 5

*Registration Closed*

Contact us to learn more:

  • Phone: 978-948-8511


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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