The Intersection of Phonics and Units of Study

Sunday, February 4 — Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Grade: K-1
Featuring: Natalie Louis, Rachel Rothman, Rebecca Cronin, Celena Larkey, Elizabeth Franco**

This institute offers participants a sneak-peak into the TCRWP’s forthcoming phonics program. You’ll get a first-hand sneak peek at the lessons we are developing and learn about the structures and methods you can easily employ to not only teach phonics, but to finally feel confident that your students will learn and use them as readers and writers! You’ll learn ways to teach for transfer so that your students draw on this curriculum to become more flexible and successful word-solvers and spellers. You will also explore a variety of formal and informal assessments you can use to determine your students’ levels of phonemic awareness and knowledge of phonics. Then you will learn how to mine this data to meet your students’ varied needs.

We understand that two of the biggest challenges in the teaching of word study are time and transfer. By thinking carefully about the alignment of reading, writing, and word study, we hope to meet these challenges. In three fast-paced days, you’ll hear about the scope and sequence of this new word study curriculum and how it has been designed to fit tongue and groove with our Reading and Writing Units of Study. You’ll see how each grade will have its own distinct storyline—kindergarteners will continue work with Superpowers and first graders with Word Detectives. Threading a familiar and engaging storyline will connect the Reading and Writing Units with foundational phonics skills, ensuring greater transfer in learning and a whole lot more fun!

Expect to see demonstrations of a host of different word study sessions, as we explain the logic that informs the format of these lessons. You’ll also have the opportunity to study and try out some of these lessons—teaching, playing games,and experimenting with some of our brand new, kid-centered prototype materials. By the end of these three days, we’ll share our burning questions about this work with you, and maybe even ask you to help us pilot some of our latest drafts in order to further research, revise and gather your and your students’ feedback. We are thrilled to share this monumental project with you and the world!


$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