Phonics Institute: Grades K-2

Sunday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Grade: K-2
Featuring: Allyse Bader, Angela Baez, Sara Berg, Rebecca Cronin, Lisa Hernandez Corcoran, Natalie Louis, and Cynthia Williams

This institute will introduce you to TCRWP’s brand new 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 learn about the ways in which the curriculum is grounded in the research on how kids develop. You’ll learn, also, about the storyline that undergirds each unit. In one unit, kids solve the mystery of the silent e; in another, they become word collectors and learn to deeply study words. You’ll be given a big-picture 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. The opportunities for transference that you give will accelerate your students’ growth and deepen their engagement.

Expect to learn new ideas for small group work in phonics. 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. You will also 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 that alert you to children who need extra attention.

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 Gus. 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