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Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction (formally know as READing Foundations Academy):

NEW FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR: In an effort to increase application and sustainability of newly gained teacher knowledge from the training, CDE is offering the support of a consultant that will engage with schools and districts.  In addition to the FOLI classes, the consultant will be available to meet with district leaders, school principals, coaches and teachers for data analysis sessions and classroom observations. Additional professional development for literacy coaches will also be available. Please review the form for further instructions. 

WHO:  All K-3 teachers, interventionists, instructional coaches and educational leaders.

WHAT:   A no-cost training focused on explicit and systematic Tier 1 instruction for teachers of reading who want to implement the components and principles of scientifically based reading instruction. This dynamic course deepens educator knowledge by introducing the science of how children learn to read, illustrates the importance of all components of reading and demonstrates how to put these concepts to work in the classroom.CDE will partner with districts and BOCES to arrange regional Academies and provide highly trained instructors

Class 1:  Phoneme Articulation and the Text-Dependent Questions

Class 2:  The Outcome-Driven Model and Data Analysis

Class 3:  Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping ,Vocabulary and Read-Alouds

Class 4:  Syllable Types and Text-Dependent Questions

Class 5:  Irregular Words, Syllable Division and Morphology

Class 6:  Reading Fluency and Writing

Class 7:  Integration and Putting it All Together

HOW: CDE will partner with districts and BOCES to arrange regional Academies and provide highly trained instructors.

 Download a flyer to learn more

To schedule a training in your region, contact Tracy Handy at or call at 720-460-8319.


Additional Professional Development Supports

CDE Senior Literacy Consultants 

Regional technical assistance is available across the state, to learn which consultant supports your region click here

Annual Colorado READing Conference Archives 

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