Units of Study in Phonics Institute Summer 2019

Monday, July 1 — Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Applications for this institute are now closed. Future phonics institutes will be offered during the course of the school year.

Grade: Grade K, Grade 1, and Grade 2

This institute will introduce you to TCRWP’s Units of Study in K-2 Phonics. Co-authors will bring you behind the scenes to understand the decisions that informed the curriculum. You’ll see the curriculum’s grounding in research on how kids develop. Each phonics unit has a storyline—in one, kids solve the mystery of the silent e; in another, they learn that Super Readers overview of the K-2 curriculum.

You’ll see the way these units allow you to transfer, adapt, and build upon methods of teaching that are essential to your reading or writing workshop instruction so that your entire language arts curriculum is more cohesive and streamlined. Most of all, you’ll see the ways that this encourages students to apply all they learn to their writing and their reading, in ways that will accelerate their growth and deepen their engagement.

Expect to learn new ideas for small group work in phonics. You will explore a handful of efficient and engaging assessments that can help you know when students are meeting the milestones that reflect on-course development and alert you to children who need extra attention. You’ll study a variety of small group lessons from Small Groups in Phonics that you’ll be able to use to address a variety of needs, bringing phonics work directly into your reading or writing workshop.

The second grade curriculum places special emphasis on vocabulary, and you’ll learn the logic that informs that work.

Expect to teach, sing, and play games as you explore the units and their accompanying resources, including colorful charts, decodable texts, illustrated songs and poems, student tools, and our class mascots, Mabel, Rasheed, and you’ll be introduced to the new second grade mascot. By the end of these three days, you’ll come to understand not only the content, but also the go-to methods that undergird our approach to the teaching of phonics for growing readers and writers.


$650/$600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY