Early Literacy Blueprint Training

Effective Literacy Instruction Strategies for Elem.Teachers

Two-Day Training to Feature Effective Strategies for Elementary Literacy Instruction

A joint effort between the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Reading Research center, the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative (Blueprint) is focused on improving the overall design and delivery of the literacy instruction that elementary students receive.


Training will be offered:

Wednesday, November 7th at the PLAEA Office in Spencer from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

and Tuesday, November 27th at the PLAEA Office in Spencer from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The PLAEA Office in Spencer is located at 23 E. 7th St.


Lunch will be on your own both days.


The Blueprint features six Effective Literacy Strategy Instruction modules for teachers (overview of effective literacy strategy instruction, grapheme-phoneme correspondences, morphology, vocabulary, text structure, and small group, skills-based instruction).


These strategies can be used with any curriculum that a school may have in place and are applicable to general ed., special ed., and Title I. The strategies are practical and effective.


The emphasis will be on how to implement systematic and explicit instruction.


One renewal credit will be available for participants. Registration for this credit will be available on the first day of class. You must attend both days to receive credit and there will be some follow-up work as well. Questions can be directed to the trainer, Tricia Christopher, at: tchristopher@plaea.org.

Tentative Schedule:


Day 1: Overview of Effective Literacy Instruction; Grapheme-Phoneme Mapping; Morphology; Vocabulary Part I


Day 2: Vocabulary Part II; Text Structure; Small Group Instruction