Fundations Workshop Descriptions

Fundations®’ research-based approach and extensive program materials allow K-3 teachers to present a carefully structured reading and spelling curriculum using multisensory techniques. Fundations thoroughly teaches the foundational skills, and significantly supports reading, writing, speaking, and language standards found in states’ rigorous college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program addresses all five areas of reading instruction with an emphasis on systematic phonics and word structure.

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Fundations Level Pre-K Workshop

The Fundations Level Pre-K Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level Pre-K Activity Set in a Tier 1 setting.

Please note that the Fundations Level Pre-K Workshop is only available as part of a COMPASS plan to schools and districts.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Briefly review reading research and how it has informed reading instruction.
  • Understand how the Fundations Pre-K Activity Set supports essential components of reading instruction.
  • Determine the activities and implementation schedule for the Fundations Pre-K Activity Set.
  • Learn and practice the procedures for the activities.
  • Become familiar with the teacher and student materials.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

1 ½ day (8 hours, one full day in the fall and one ½ day in the winter/early spring)

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Fundations Level K Workshop

The Fundations Level K Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level K curriculum in a Tier 1 setting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Grasp the background knowledge and understand the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level K: phonological awareness; phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; ways to form the key linkages—letter name, formation and sound; phonics; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; manuscript handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level K learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom by maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Level 1 Workshop

The Fundations Level 1 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 1 curriculum in a Tier 1 setting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Grasp the background knowledge and understand the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 1: phonemic awareness; the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; ways to form the key linkages—letter name, formation and sound; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; manuscript handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 1 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom by maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Level 2 Workshop

The Fundations Level 2 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 2 curriculum in a Tier 1 setting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Grasp the background knowledge and understand the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 2: phonemic awareness; the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; ways to form the key linkages—letter name, formation and sound; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; spelling and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 2 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom by maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Level 3 Workshop

The Fundations Level 3 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 3 curriculum in a Tier 1 setting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Grasp the background knowledge and understand the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 3: the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; phonics and advanced word study; high frequency/trick words; automaticity and fluency; advanced spelling rules; vocabulary, homophones, morphology; cursive handwriting and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 3 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom by maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Intervention Workshop

This two-day workshop provides guidance for implementing Fundations within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. It focuses on procedures and strategies for implementing Fundations as an early intervention (Tier 2) program, specifically, how to plan intervention lessons, use the Fundations curriculum-based measurement tool, collect and use data to plan and provide targeted student instruction, and include automaticity and fluency practice, including using the Wilson Fluency®/Basic program and other options for repeated reading practice.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Understand how Fundations fits into a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)/Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.
  • Know the procedures and strategies for implementing Fundations as an early intervention (Tier 2) program.
  • Identify students who are appropriate for Fundations targeted intervention.
  • Plan intervention lessons, and differentiate lessons based on students’ needs.
  • Understand the difference between an accuracy lesson and an automaticity lesson and learn to plan for both.
  • Collect and use data to provide targeted student instruction.
  • Effectively use the Fundations curriculum-based measurement tool to monitor a student’s response to the targeted intervention.
  • Include automaticity and fluency practice, including the Wilson Fluency/Basic program and other options for repeated reading practice.

Prerequisite

Completion of a Fundations Level Workshop

Duration

Two full days (10 hours, 1 day in the fall and 1 day in the winter/early spring)

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