Keys to Early Writing:
Evidence-Based Professional Development Course
Would you like to learn evidence-based instructional practices for teaching foundational writing skills? This course is just what you need!
This practical course provides the background knowledge needed to teach the components of early writing instruction. The instructional suggestions are developmentally appropriate for young children in kindergarten through grade 2, and easily transfer to classroom lessons that can be integrated with any writing curriculum or published writing program. The course is tightly aligned with state writing standards.
The full professional development course is delivered by Keys to Literacy trainers and takes approximately 15 hours to complete. It is organized into 9 modules that range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours each. Educators and schools can choose to take some or all of the modules. There is one training manual that covers all modules. Module topics:
- Module 1: Writing Basics
- Module 2:Teaching Principles
- Module 3: Engage a Community of Writers
- Module 4: Stages of the Writing Process
- Module 5: First Steps – Drawing, Labels, Lists
- Module 6: Syntax, Sentences
- Module 7: Paragraph Writing
- Module 8: Three Types of Writing
- Module 9: Writing from Sources
Please note that the course does not include detailed suggestions for how to teach spelling — this is addressed in the phonics module of the Keys to Beginning Reading course.
Download an informational flyer that includes the course outline.
Colorado CDE Approved Version
The Keys to Early Writing course is on the Colorado Read Act Advisory List of PD Programs. Click here to learn more, or contact Keys to Literacy.
Who Should Participate
Grades K-3 teachers, educators who provide support to struggling writers, literacy specialists and coaches, and grades K-3 administrators.