Laying a Path: Phonics & Spelling

Laying a Path: Phonics & Spelling


Online Educator Training

2019-20 Schedule: September 20th & 27th, 1-4pm EST

2020-21 Schedule: TBA

The week before the class, you will receive a welcome email containing:

  • Zoom Webinar invitation link

  • 18 page Instructional Plan

Learn how to teach phonics and spelling—key skills to strengthen reading and writing!

What are educator training classes?

All language arts studies rely on complex underlying language skills. Success in reading and writing requires explicit teaching strategies that cross these intertwined skill areas.

Our classes dive deeply into each underlying language arts skill area, equipping educators to meet individual student needs. Deep learning strategies are provided and demonstrated, helping educators know how to best teach reading and writing skills at all learning levels. We show you methods that are effective and research-based. All classes include a comprehensive Instructional Plan, which can be used by the educator as their teaching guide going forward.

Laying a Path is a series of master classes for educators, demonstrating how to teach foundational language arts skills for reading and writing growth. These practices support all learners, especially those who struggle. The series is designed to give educators a base of knowledge in each area: Phonics & Spelling, Word Study, Grammar & Mechanics, Supported Writing & Editing, and Reading Accuracy & Comprehension.

In the live class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Class recordings will be made available to all participants after the course, viewable for up to 12 months. You must have a Zoom account to participate in our classes. This account is free and easy to set up at

“This class has transformed my son so far and I do not want to miss the second half. He's calling himself a good speller and reader now and he used to cry saying how bad he was before. I don't know what you guys do but it's magic!”  ~ Christine

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What will I learn?

Laying a Path: Phonics & Spelling focuses on teaching educators how to strengthen the most foundational skill of reading and writing: a strong phonological system. Successful readers and spellers must learn to connect and apply sounds to letters efficiently. Educators must explicitly teach spelling rules, so students can organize and store common patterns for successful application.

This class trains educators and parents how to practically teach and practice phonics and spelling skills. Through this 6-hour course, you will learn how to instruct your own students across all phonics levels. You will learn multi-sensory strategies to share with your students to strengthen their phonological processing, sound-to-letter associations, and spelling skills.

This class is best taken in conjunction with Laying a Path: Word Study for a comprehensive approach to spelling.

“Basically, I have learned so much and I am so grateful to you...I can’t wait to learn more!” ~ Brienne

How does it help?

Phonics introduces students to reading and strengthens the link to their verbal language system. Good readers, writers, and spellers must coordinate the following: sound processing, basic phonics principles, spelling conventions, grammar, word study, and meaning. This class focuses on the first three skills (sound processing, basic phonics principles, spelling conventions) for the best reading and writing foundation. The Laying a Path: Phonics & Spelling class emphasizes phonological skill-training needed by every student, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.

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