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June 26 @ 10:00 am June 27 @ 3:30 pm

Phonics and Vocabulary Instruction in Intermediate Grades

Evidence-based instruction in vocabulary, syllabication, and morphology

Learn to teach your students how to use syllabication and their understandings of morphology (the meaning of word parts) to read and comprehend text.

June 26-27, 2024
10:00am – 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 11 PD hours
  • $595 + cost of text and required materials
  • $695 includes 2 texts: F&P Literacy Continuum and F&P Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
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, vocabulary, and word study. In this 2-day training, you will investigate essential categories of word 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. You will use the information in The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum and The Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide as tools to guide your teaching.  


  • Discuss evidence-based instruction in vocabulary, spelling, and word analysis skills in the intermediate grades and middle school.  
  • Understand the cumulative effect of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction across grades. 
  • Examine six essential categories of word 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.

    You will earn 11 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.

Required Materials

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Second Edition or Expanded Edition
The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide, Second Edition

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

If you cancel your registration 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

If you register within the week before the first day of this training, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may 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.

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