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. The program addresses all five areas of reading instruction with an emphasis on systematic phonics and word structure.

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Virtual Format

Fundations Level K Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)

Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops (instructor-led) provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input during the spring/early summer of 2020. It was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussions throughout each session.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: print awareness; phonological awareness; phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; phonics; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Identify and understand the use of all materials in the Fundations Teacher’s Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available in the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop);
  • Use the Teacher’s Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (4 instructional hours)

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Fundations Level 1 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)

Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops (instructor-led) provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input during the spring/early summer of 2020. It was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussions throughout each session.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: print awareness; phonological awareness; phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; phonics; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Identify and understand the use of all materials in the Fundations Teacher’s Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available in the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop);
  • Use the Teacher’s Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (4 instructional hours)

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Fundations Level 2 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)

Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops (instructor-led) provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input during the spring/early summer of 2020. It was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussions throughout each session.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Identify and understand the use of all materials in the Fundations Teacher’s Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available in the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop);
  • Use the Teacher’s Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (4 instructional hours)

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Fundations Level 3 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)

Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops (instructor-led) provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input during the spring/early summer of 2020. It was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussions throughout each session.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Identify and understand the use of all materials in the Fundations Teacher’s Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available in the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop);
  • Use the Teacher’s Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (4 instructional hours)

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In-Person Format

Fundations Pre-K Workshop

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

Please note that the Fundations 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; and
  • Become familiar with the teacher and student materials.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

1 ½ days (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 the sound represented by the letter(s); 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; and 
  • 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 instructional 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 the sound represented by the letter(s); 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 using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Prepare a daily Level 1 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • 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 instructional 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 the sound represented by the letter(s); 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 using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Prepare a daily Level 2 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and 
  • 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 instructional 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 using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback;
  • Prepare a daily Level 3 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; and
  • 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 instructional 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, it demonstrates 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; and
  • 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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