Professional Development Courses for Educators

Implementing the Science of Reading in K-2: Blueprint for Your Structured Literacy Block is a professional development course that gives Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers an in-depth understanding of the Science of Reading and how to apply that knowledge to create a Structured Literacy schedule. Topics addressed in the course include oral language, phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing.

This self-paced course for K-2 educators includes:

Concise video trainings that make the most important Science of Reading principles easy for teachers to understand and incorporate into their literacy lessons

Specific examples of instructional practices that follow the Science of Reading

Training on our signature “Skills-First Method” for planning a literacy block that incorporates all high-priority skills, even when instructional time is limited

Highly-detailed, 4-page schedules for Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade Structured Literacy blocks, with multiple options to suit a variety of time windows

Guidance for teachers in troubleshooting common challenges that arise with materials and scheduling

Bonus Resource Guide with even more tools and ideas for engaging, Science of Reading based activities for students

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Schools and districts looking to purchase transferable course licenses for multiple teachers should contact us directly. Click the button below to complete the contact form. Please include the following information when submitting the form: Point of contact name and email address, school and district name, and how many licenses you’re interested in purchasing.

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The English Language From A to Z: What K-3 Teachers Need to Know to Successfully Teach Phonics and Decoding

This course gives educators an in-depth look at the English language: its sounds, rules, and structure of phonics skills (i.e. digraphs, long vowels). Educators will also learn about the structure of multisyllabic words, including how to teach students to divide and analyze them.

About the Creator

All courses were developed by Alison Ryan, M.Ed. Alison has been working in schools since 2005 in a variety of positions, including classroom teacher, reading interventionist, reading specialist, and Director of Curriculum & Instruction. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method, SIOP method for working with English language learners, has extensive experience working with struggling readers, and has a master’s degree in literacy leadership.

Alison is also the author of The Phonics Playbook: How to Differentiate Instruction so Students Succeed, which is set to be released in 2024 from Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. In addition, Alison and her work have been featured at educational conferences and on multiple podcasts, including:

Literacy Association of Tennessee Conference

Illinois Reading Council Conference

Educate and Rejuvenate Conference

Staff Development for Educators (multiple conferences)

Beginning Teacher Talk podcast

The Reading Project podcast

The Reading Teachers Lounge podcast

Alison founded Learning At The Primary Pond in 2012. You can learn more about Learning At The Primary Pond and how we serve educators by visiting our website and social media channels.