Keys to Beginning Reading

Professional Development Offering

Keys to Beginning Reading:

Evidence-Based Professional Development Course

Would you like to learn evidence-based instructional practices for teaching foundational reading skills that are aligned with the science of reading? The professional development modules in this course are just what you need!

This practical course provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning reading 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.

Download an informational flyer that includes the course outline.

Who should participate?

This course is designed for any educator who teaches basic reading skills to students in grades K-3 or students in upper elementary grades who struggle with basic reading skills. It is also appropriate for literacy coaches and administrators who develop beginning reading curriculum or support teachers.

Course Content

The course is organized into 11 modules covering these topics (with training time noted):

  • 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)
  • Module 7: Sentence Structure (1.5 hrs)
  • Module 8: Text Structure (1.5 hrs)
  • Module 9: Comprehension (6 hrs)
  • Module 10: Instruction for Struggling Students (2 hrs)
  • Module 11: Reading Assessment (2 hrs)

Multiple Options for Accessing Keys to Beginning Reading 

Option 1: Live Training 

Participate in live training delivered by Keys to Literacy trainers using a virtual-live format (using Zoom meeting software) or onsite at your school district. We will develop a customized professional development plan to provide training for some or all of the modules following a flexible schedule. Optional “connect to the classroom” implementation coaching is available. Contact us to learn more. Click here to watch a short video about live training.

Option 2: Online Course 

A companion Keys to Beginning Reading online course is available that is organized into 11 modules that cover the same content as live training and is aligned to the Keys to Beginning Reading training manual. The full course takes approximately 36 hours to complete. It is an asynchronous course, which means users can log on and off multiple times to complete the course assignments at their own pace. Individual educators can register to take the course, or schools can register groups. The course registration fee includes a copy of the training manual. Contact us to learn more, or register for the course at the Keys to Literacy store.

Option 3: Hybrid-Online Facilitated Course

This hybrid-online facilitated option is for educators who would like to complete the online course and also participate in live, debrief sessions facilitated by a Keys to Literacy trainer. These sessions provide a collaborative opportunity to debrief activities completed during online modules, share ideas for connecting course content to classroom instruction, and have the facilitator answer questions and clarify online course content. In addition to the time spent taking the asynchronous course, there are 12 hours of facilitated sessions that are scheduled following a flexible schedule that meets the needs of your school district. We will develop a customized professional development plan to provide training for some or all of the modules following a flexible schedule. Click here for a flyer about the hybrid-online option. Contact us to learn more, including details about our Train-the-Facilitator option for schools that would like to offer the hybrid-online course using in-house facilitators.

Keys to Literacy Events Open to the Public

Check the Keys to Literacy events page to find upcoming Keys to Beginning Reading training events. These are open to the public and are a great way for individual educators to access the training!

Colorado CDE Approved Version

A customized, 45.5 hour version of Keys to Beginning Reading has been approved to meet the Colorado Read Act requirement of evidence-based PD for K-3 teachers. Click here to see the CO CDE list. It was also selected as the course that CDE staff will be offering free to districts. Contact us to learn more.

Train-the-Facilitator Option

If your school district or educational organization is interested in training staff educators to become certified Keys to Beginning Reading facilitators for the hybrid-online course, please contact us for details.

Contact Keys to Literacy today to learn more about Letterland!

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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: