Breaking the Code is seeking two initial groups (one teachers, one parents) of approximately 6-8 individuals looking for a crash course/bootcamp in teaching decoding skills according to research-backed principles.
The recent explosion of interest in the science of reading is obviously a welcome and heartening development, but we also realize that the glut of information now available can easily become overwhelming, and that asking teachers and parents to sift through it all and educate themselves—while continuing to juggle their many other responsibilities—is a very tall order.
Contrary to popular belief, we know from experience that learning to teach reading efficiently and effectively is not actually rocket science; however, there is a series of key concepts, methods, and skills that must be mastered.
Our goal is to pare the process down to the essentials and provide participants with a clear framework so that they feel comfortable transitioning to a structured literacy approach, even if they don’t have the time to devote to a lengthy professional development program.
The training will consist of four 2-hour sessions (over Zoom, how else?), most likely over four consecutive days in mid-late July.
Session 1: Phonemic Awareness: Sounds Are the Basis for Reading
Session 2: Phonics: Breaking the Written Code
Session 3: Fluency: It’s Not Just About Speed
Session 4: Recap, Q & A, and (for teachers) the practical challenges of transitioning from balanced to structured literacy
There will be a modest participation fee of around $100 in order to ensure that everyone takes the training seriously, but at this point our primary interest is in learning what works, what participants want more/less of, and how we can respond most effectively to teachers’ and parents’ needs.
If you’d like to participate, please send a brief (one-paragraph or so) description of your background and interest in the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!