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January 30 @ 9:00 am January 31 @ 3:30 pm

Making Word Reading Easy Grades 3-8

Science backed instruction in vocabulary, syllabication, and morphology.

In this 2-day training, learn how to teach phonics, spelling, and word study across your day that allow intermediate students to learn and apply foundational skills in reading and writing.

January 30-31, 2024
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Earn 12 PD hours
$595 (includes 2 professional texts below)
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Second Edition
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Requirements & Policies

Foundational skill learning does not end in primary grades.

In fact, students in grades 3-8 require ongoing instruction in phonics, spelling, and word study. In this 2-day training, you will investigate essential categories of learning and consider ways in which word study fits into a broader language and literacy framework.  You will analyze teaching and engage in inquiry that will deepen your understanding of how words work and serve as a set of instructional practices for effective teaching of a range of students. You will use the information in The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum and The Comprehensive Guide to Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study as tools to guide your teaching.  


  • Explore the science backed instruction in vocabulary, spelling, and word analysis skills in the intermediate grades and middle school.  
  • Understand the relationship between phonics, spelling, and vocabulary, and how students develop competencies over time.  
  • Explore six essential categories of learning: letter/sound relationships, spelling patterns, high frequency words, word meaning/vocabulary, word structure, and word-solving actions.  
  • Build knowledge of how to provide explicit inquiry-based instruction that helps all students develop essential understandings of how words work.  
  • Learn how to teach word knowledge in whole group, small group, and individual instructional settings.  

 You will earn 12 professional development hours upon completion of this training. 

Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Nikki worked as a literacy coach and teacher in public school for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as an Intermediate Trainer. She has experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher and literacy instructional coach at the intermediate level. Over the years, she has worked with students, educators, and administrators to improve literacy outcomes.



You may choose to attend this training in-person at Lesley University or virtually in real time. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training will be offered virtually only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact us before reserving travel and lodging.

If you choose to attend in-person, the training room will have Lesley University’s HyFlex Classroom Technology to support an engaging learning environment for in-person and virtual participants. If you have questions about in-person or virtual attendance, please email us at

In-person participants are required to follow the Lesley safety protocols noted on the Requirements & Policies tab.


Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

You must cancel your registration no later than two weeks before the first day of training to get a full refund. If you cancel your registration within the two weeks prior to the first day of training, you will be charged a $50 processing fee. Email if you have a cancellation or substitution request. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount. 

Registration Deadline & Shipping Policies

The registration portal closes two business days before the first day of training to allow the minimum amount of time to ship additional training materials (if applicable).

If you register within two weeks before the registration portal closes, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may still experience delays in receiving your materials.

Requirements for Participation

After the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation. To receive a complete certificate, participation during the specified times is required. Additional work may be assigned to meet the professional development hours.


On-Site Professional Development

We can deliver this training to your school/district. This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district. For detailed costs, complete our online form to request this training for your school/district and we will contact you.

Interested in professional learning at your school or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.