Phonics Institute

Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday, January 21, 2021
Institute will be offered virtually through Zoom.

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Grade: K-2
Hours: 11am-5pm Eastern Standard Time
Featuring: Rebecca Cronin, Katrina Davino, Cindy Williams, and Brittany Nocito
Payment: Purchase orders for this institute can be made out to: Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, 525 W 120th Street, Box 77, New York, NY 10027

We are pleased to offer the Phonics Institute for another year. This year, we invite both new and returning participants to attend as we’ll offer beginner and advanced sections, based only on whether you’ve previously attended a phonics institute. This institute will support you whether you’re teaching the Units of Study in Phonics in person or virtually.

This institute will support the teaching of 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 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. We have watched as you have taken the units and made them your own. Mabel, Rasheed, and Gus have sprung to life in ways we could never have anticipated. The celebrations we’ve heard about or been privy to over social media have shown us how much students have grown and how joyful the learning has been. We hope this institute will also be a place for you to come ready to share with one another! 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 be offered online, in real-time via Zoom, and will not be recorded for later distribution. We will accept attendees until the institute has reached capacity.