PD Webinar

Making Phonics Instruction More Meaningful and Effective

Presented by Wiley Blevins, Ed.M.


Learn new ways to engage students in developing and applying phonics skills throughout the school day and across the curriculum. Phonics expert Wiley Blevins explains how to combine systematic instruction, based on the Science of Reading, with purposeful reading and writing that increase knowledge and extend students’ literacy learning through practice and application.

This research-based webinar will include suggestions for responding to learning gaps and will identify strategies that teachers can use to accelerate diverse students’ progress. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Use the Science of Reading and targeted teaching to meet current learning needs.
  • Combine explicit phonics instruction with active and thought-provoking practice.
  • Develop the automaticity needed for comprehension of complex grade-level texts.
  • Help students apply their phonics skills while working with content-area topics.
  • Adapt and augment teaching techniques to meet students’ current learning needs.


90 minutes

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About the Presenter

Jen Hayhurst

Wiley Blevins is an early reading specialist who holds an Ed.M. from Harvard. He taught elementary school in both the United States and South America. Wiley has written and edited many phonics and reading materials, and he is the author of numerous best-selling professional development books.

Meaningful Phonics and Word Study: Lesson Fix Ups for Impactful Teaching

by Wiley Blevins

Finally, a book on phonics instruction that helps teachers know how to fix up common weaknesses in their curriculum and materials. Expert Wiley Blevins has researched packaged programs, workshop settings, and phonics in a successful literacy classroom, and provides here dozens of practical ideas to make teaching and learning higher impact. Learn to:

  • Apply the latest scientific research on how we learn to read
  • Harness the power of the 7 foundations of strong phonics instruction
  • Tweak your scope and sequence so it contains built-in review and repetition
  • Ensure that 50% of your daily phonics lessons are devoted to meaningful reading and writing
  • and so much more! Meaningful Phonics and Word Study will help you implement explicit, systematic phonics—and make it engaging, active, and thought-provoking.
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