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Are you curious about how teachers can support students in mastering phonological and phonemic awareness to build a solid foundation for reading and literacy? Both phonological and phonemic awareness are crucial precursors to reading success, as they lay the foundation for decoding and encoding words, developing vocabulary, and improving reading fluency and comprehension. Join Sarah Curry for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we explore the research that supports phonological and phonemic awareness instruction, the continuum of skills and how these skills are developed, and best practices of explicit instruction. Get ready to elevate your teaching practice and take your students' reading skills to the next level! Sarah’s expertise in literacy instruction will equip you with the tools and resources you need to deepen your understanding of phonics instruction and empower your students to become proficient readers. 

This is workshop one of four for the series titled “Essentials for Teaching Phonics.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the concepts of phonological and phonemic awareness, their similarities, and differences, and their importance in early literacy development. 
  2. Explore practical strategies and activities for fostering phonological and phonemic awareness skills in your students, including segmentation, blending, phoneme manipulation, and rhyming activities.  
  3. Learn how to assess students' phonological and phonemic awareness abilities and use this information to inform instruction and provide targeted support for struggling learners. 
  4. Discover ways to integrate phonological and phonemic awareness instruction into your existing literacy curriculum, creating a comprehensive approach to phonics instruction that meets the diverse needs of all learners. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all training courses in the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be completed as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to four continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will respond to discussion prompts throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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