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Strengthen PHONICS Instruction in Any K-2 Reading Program

NEW Seminar Presented By
Karen Krey

Outstanding Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for K-2 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Interventionists, and Administrators

  • Maximize the effectiveness of phonics instruction leading to greater success for your primary students
  • Increase student learning potential by providing ample opportunities for relevant practice and application
  • Tools and techniques for identifying and meeting the word recognition needs of all your K-2 students regardless of the curriculum you use
  • Model lessons, classroom video segments and an extensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas, strategies and activities that will support you in your efforts to enhance explicit phonics instruction with your K-2 students

Practical Strategies

Join experienced teacher, literacy leader, staff developer, and instructional reading coach, Karen Krey, in this NEW seminar that will provide you with classroom-tested phonics strategies, methods and activities that can be implemented within any K-2 reading program. According to recent information shared by The International Literacy Association, the key to moving students forward as readers rests on systematic and explicit phonics. These ready-to-use ideas will give you a fresh platform, clarify effective phonics instruction practices and keep your students moving forward as readers.

During this interactive, hands-on seminar, you will gain insights as you see and hear demonstrations that model powerful methods you will be able to adapt and use immediately. You will learn how to prepare meaningful phonics lessons, apply skills to varying types and levels of texts, and create a classroom climate that encourages metacognitive thinking as well as gradual release of support. Opportunities to strategize with teachers just like you to gain valuable and practical ideas will keep you energized throughout the day.

You will leave this seminar with a wealth of highly practical ideas, strategies and activities to fully incorporate into your whole and small group instruction, independent work stations, and throughout your instructional day.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Discover Ways to Reinforce Best Practice Phonics Instruction with Existing Curriculums
    Maximize characteristics of strong phonics instruction to meet the needs of students aligned with your district reading curriculum mandates
  2. Elevate and Maximize Differentiated Instruction Through Assessment
    Meet your students at their level of learning using easy screening processes … Provide explicit phonics instruction that builds upon and extends their knowledge
  3. Incorporate Powerful Strategies That Systematically Blend New Skills with Known Concepts
    Apply strategies that incorporate systematic learning, gradual release of support and student choice
  4. Explore Strategies to Incorporate Throughout the Day That Employ Active Learning Through Multiple Modalities
    Take phonics instruction and strategies to new levels by including learning and application across the school day and content areas … Spill learning into hallways, lunchroom, recess, etc.
  5. Enhance Your Current Phonics Instruction
    Explore model phonics instructional techniques … Walk away with ideas to implement in your own classroom
  6. Implement Phonics Within Instruction vs Isolation to Create Meaningful Connections
    Discover ways to practice decoding and phonics within the context of reading instruction … Support students as they make relevant connections that cement processes and raise reading achievement
  7. Teach, Model and Practice Phonics Skills in Developmentally Appropriate Sequence
    Learn ways to create explicit lessons aligned to the differentiated needs of learners within your K-2 classrooms, all in developmentally appropriate ways
  8. Phonics Best Practices
    Focus on current phonics instruction in your classroom as compared to researched best practices. Consider adjustments that will create "metaphonics" – phonics combined with metacognition
  9. Observe and Participate in Model Experiences of Phonics Strategy Instruction
    Learn phonics strategies that enhance student engagement with the benefit of watching them as they are implemented in modeling experiences … Move from theory to practice by placing yourself in the student seat
  10. Receive an Extensive K-2 Phonics Strategies Resource Handbook
    Explore an extensive phonics strategies resource handbook packed with valuable methods, techniques and ideas … Easy-to-implement and ready for immediate use

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Specific strategies that result in increased levels of decoding fluency
  • Easily implemented ideas to help students practice reciprocal teaching
  • Increase students' confidence with decoding using engaging hands-on and minds-on strategies
  • Dozens of specific suggestions and ideas to build transference of knowledge
  • Enhance your current phonics instruction to increase students' success with decoding and reading
  • Innovative strategies to increase student understanding and application of phonics
  • Powerful strategies that support your students as they become independent and confident decoders
  • Multiple ways to use motivating books to teach essential letter, sound and decoding skills
  • Lesson plans that connect specific phonics skills and practice to engaging picture books
  • Learn unique ways to build systematic and explicit phonics instruction into lessons
  • Creative and energizing techniques that won't take hours to plan or implement
  • Developmentally appropriate phonics activities to strengthen decoding and word work
  • Opportunities to view phonics instruction in action through video clips in real classrooms
  • Learn the latest expert thinking around most effective phonics instruction
  • Systematically blend new skills with known concepts

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

"Patterns and morphological relationships are the keys to unlocking pronunciation, spelling, and meaning. All students should be issued these master keys."
– Patricia Cunningham

Every day in classrooms across America, teachers are responsible for countless "aha" moments. YOU might be most powerful of all with K-2 students who come to school eager to decipher the system of letters and sounds that make up our English language. The instructional responsibility is great, and leaves little time to waste. You might register for this seminar because you want to get it right, and you long to inspire our youngest generation as they master the nuances of linguistics thereby leading your little ones to the joy of reading.

During our day together, you will collect ideas and strategies to change, adapt and/or tweak your current phonics instruction. Powerful engagement strategies, easy but effective tools, interactive and developmentally appropriate phonics activities, fluency-building work, and much more will all be shared. We will also look at best practices for teaching phonics in systematic and explicit ways for maximum effectiveness.

The day will be packed with teach, model and practice opportunities that are sure to re-energize you and give you new tools to take back and immediately use! All the strategies I share are practical, easy-to-implement, and classroom proven to increase the reading achievement of all your K-2 students. I can't wait to meet you!

Sincerely,
Karen Krey

P.S. You will also receive the extensive resource handbook I wrote specifically for this seminar that is filled with the ideas and strategies we will cover, along with other highly practical suggestions to explore on your own!

Who Should Attend

 K-2 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Interventionists and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive PHONICS Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive PHONICS resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical, ready-to-use strategies to engage your K-2 students with hands-on, minds-on activities
    • Current thinking from experts around the teaching of phonics in a systematic and explicit manner
    • Games, ideas and activities on copy-ready pages for immediate implementation
    • Multiple ways to support the application of phonics instruction across the school day
    • Lesson plans that connect specific phonics skills and practice to engaging picture books
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their phonics instruction.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Karen Krey will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own phonics program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.