This course reviews the basics of teaching foundational skills under the Common Core State Standards. K-5 teachers in Common Core states will find this session useful, but it is relevant to any ELA teacher who wants their students to reinforce basic principles of reading, have a solid grasp of phonics and word recognition, and practice skills that will make them fluent, independent readers.
The course begins by analyzing how the traditional foundational skills are addressed in Common Core. Throughout the course, teachers will learn how Common Core addresses the same foundational skills that are familiar to teachers, but does so in context instead of in isolation. After exploring the new approach to foundational skills instruction, the course moves into a hands-on workshop. In this section, teachers use our instruction, guidance, and downloadable resources to begin a new lesson plan or update an existing plan to fit the CCSS framework. See the Table of Contents tab for more detailed information.
At the end of the course, participants will have access to useful downloadable resources that they can refer as often as needed, even after the course is complete. Teachers will gain a new outlook on teaching foundational skills in the Common Core classroom. Participants will also leave the course with a new lesson plan made as part of our hands-on workshop. Upon upload of that finished lesson plan, we will issue a certificate that can be submitted to administrators as proof of completed professional development hours.