Mass Literacy OAPL Approved Courses

Fall/Winter, 2022 OAPL Courses:

Keys to Literacy is offering free asynchronous online and virtual-live literacy courses, with teacher stipends, that are approved as Mass Literacy Open Access Professional Development (OAPL) courses. Click here to access the MA DESE OAPL information page.

There are 4 courses that are Mass Literacy OAPL approved, listed below. Limit of 1 course per person. MA educators will receive a stipend ONLY if they complete a full course. In addition to the stipend, a MA PDP certificate is awarded.

Asynchronous online options:

These courses are completed online at your own pace. They include readings, video clips, activities, reflection responses, and numerous resources. Each course is organized into modules.

  • Keys to Beginning Reading, Part 1 Foundational Skills: For educators who want to focus on reading foundational skills. Topics include reading basics, oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency. *This course is currently FULL*
    • 15 hours, $225 stipend.
    • This course must be completed by February 28th.
    • This course is currently full. You can still apply to be added to our waitlist. If someone drops the course, or does not finish in time, we will go to the next person on the list.
  • Keys to Beginning Reading, Part 2 Language Comprehension Skills: For educators who want to focus on language comprehension skills. Topics include vocabulary, text structure, comprehension. *This course is currently FULL*
    • 15 hours, $225 stipend.
    • This course must be completed by February 28th.
    • This course is currently full. You can still apply to be added to our waitlist. If someone drops the course, or does not finish in time, we will go to the next person on the list.
  • Understanding Dyslexia: For educators who want to focus on dyslexia and students with reading difficulties. Topics include: What is dyslexia? The reading brain, five components of reading, screening for dyslexia, effective instruction for dyslexia.*This course is currently FULL*
    • 6 hours, $90 Stipend.
    • This course must be completed by January 28th.
    • This course is currently full. You can still apply to be added to our waitlist. If someone drops the course, or does not finish in time, we will go to the next person on the list.

Virtual-live option:

This course will be delivered in a virtual-live format using Zoom meeting. You MUST attend all four sessions (12 hours) to receive your stipend and PDP certificate.

  • PreK – Keys to Emergent Literacy: For PreK educators who want to learn instructional strategies that build a foundation for learning to read. Topics include print knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, oral language.*This course is currently FULL*
    • 12 hours, $180 Stipend
    • 4 days of training using Zoom meeting, 3 hours per day
    • January 10, 11, 26, 27 from 9 am to 12 pm
    • This course is currently full. You can still apply to be added to our waitlist. If someone drops the course we will go to the next person on the list.

Who is eligible?

OAPL courses are open to all currently-employed Massachusetts public school educators whose work relates to literacy in grades preschool through three. This includes general education teachers, special education teachers, ESL or language support teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, literacy coaches, and other school or district administrators whose work relates to literacy in grades preschool through three. OAPL courses are also open to higher education faculty or administrators, employed at an approved Massachusetts educator preparation program, whose work relates to early literacy (for instance, faculty who teach literacy education courses; deans in educator preparation programs). 

Course Registration

Registration for Fall/Winter OAPL courses is now open for all eligible MA educators. Apply early – a limited number of registrations for Mass Literacy approved OAPL courses are available. Once enrollment numbers are reached, these courses will no longer be available.

Due to the expected high volume of applications, it may take us 1 week to process all registrations. Please do not email or call about the status of your registration. If we have an available spot for you, we will contact you from online@keystoliteracy.com. Please check your WORK email daily, including your SPAM folder.

NOTE: If you are categorized as a state employee, you must complete an ethics disclosure before starting a course. This includes if you are an employee in a Commonwealth or Horace Mann charter school, or in a Massachusetts public institution of higher education. Instructions for completing an ethics disclosure are provided on the registration form.

 

Click here for a registration form. Applications will only be accepted through this Google Form.

 

About Course Stipends to Participants

Participants must complete a pre- and post-survey assessment for DESE, AND pass with 80% or better an end-of-course assessment.

A stipend will be paid to participants by Key to Literacy once we have confirmed with DESE that you have completed the course, and after DESE has distributed stipend funds to us to be passed on to you. This may take up to 4 months.

Asynchronous online participants will not receive a stipend or PDP certificate until all of these course requirements have been met:

  • Complete the full online course by digitally navigating through every component of the course. Keys to Beginning Reading, Part 1 Foundational Skills and Keys to Beginning Reading, Part 2 Language Comprehension Skills must be completed by February 28th. Understanding Dyslexia must be completed by January 28th.
  • Receive a passing score of 80% or higher on all course module quizzes. Participants cannot move through the course unless they pass each module quiz. Participants can take a quiz up to six times. If they do not pass a quiz the first time, they can go back over the content in the module to review information they may have missed.
  • Receive a passing score of 80% or higher on an end-of-course assessment. Participants cannot complete the course until this assessment has been passed. Participants can take the assessment up to six times. If they do not pass on the first time, they can go back over the content in the course to review information they may have missed

 

If you have any questions email: online@keystoliteracy.com

 

SPRING & SUMMER, 2022 OAPL Courses:

If you successfully completed a spring Keys to Literacy OAPL online course, the stipends were processed and mailed out September 2. 

If you successfully completed a summer Keys to Literacy OAPL virtual-live course, the stipends are being processed and you should receive it via mail in December.

ACCESSING KEYS TO LITERACY PD DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

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:

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