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August 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am August 12, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Word Study: Teaching Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling in Grades K-3

Children looking down, writing on individual whiteboards.

Examine how foundational skills contribute to developing readers and writers.

In this 5-day training for teachers, grow your understanding of the alphabetic linguistic system and learn about instruction in phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study for children in grades K-3.

Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually!

August 8-12, 2022
Other opportunities to take this training:
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
5 days
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Non-credit; graduate credit available
$895 + cost of required professional texts
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
  • Additional fees for graduate credit
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit


Expand your knowledge of the English language and linguistic system and how words work. Assess students’ reading and writing for phonics and spelling knowledge in your K–3 classroom. Develop an understanding of the essential elements of a word study curriculum, including the role of providing explicit systematic foundational skills lessons along with opportunities for students to apply what they have learned to reading and writing.  Use a continuum of word study to plan for instruction.

In this course, you’ll expand your knowledge of foundational skills and you’ll learn how to support English learners and students who experience difficulty in learning to read and write.

Course Outcomes

  • Assess and enhance your understanding and knowledge of foundational skills: phonological awareness, letter knowledge, letter-sound relationships, vocabulary, spelling patters, and word structure
  • Learn how to administer and analyze a variety of individual and group assessments
  • Plan for effective letter and word study centers
  • Learn how to integrate phonics and vocabulary study across the literacy curriculum
  • Develop a comprehensive system for spelling instruction
  • Design effective lessons for explicit “out-of-text” teaching and plan for “in-text” teaching across instructional contexts

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or you may take it for 3 graduate credits.

Please visit the Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit tab for the professional texts you are responsible for purchasing/having access to for this course.

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Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible.

At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to follow Lesley University’s protocols (click for more information). Check this page for the most up-to-date information about safety protocols before you arrive and during your time on-campus.


Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Blevins, W. (2017). Phonics from A to Z, 3rd editions: A practical guide. NY: Scholastic.
  • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C. (2017). The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning and teaching, grades prek-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C. (2017).  The comprehensive phonics, spelling, and word study guide.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C (2018). Word matters: Teaching phonics and spelling in the reading/writing classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university’s cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

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 training materials.

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.

Graduate Credit Option

With additional assignments and fees, this course can be taken for 3 graduate credits. Contact to register for credit.

  • $1,990 ($650*/credit + $40 registration fee) *subject to change
  • Course number: EEDUC 6039.30

With Your Colleagues Option

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.

Fees & Policies

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training.
  • If applicable, travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district.
  • Professional development sessions that require extensive travel or overnight stays (if applicable) may incur an additional surcharge.
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training costs and travel expenses.
  • Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials. The faculty trainer will consult with the district to select books based on the topics and the district’s needs.
  • School districts in the same geographic area participating in the same training may combine their resources to meet participant minimums. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order.

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.

“I feel empowered and energized to dive into literacy with a more holistic approach after this course. I am excited to put into practice the tools and strategies I learned! “

Myra Chapman, Classroom Teacher, The Village School, Massachusetts