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Learn how to use Guided Reading in your K–2 classroom.

Guided Reading is an instructional method in which teachers work with small groups of students who are reading at similar levels. In this course, we'll take an in-depth look at how to use Guided Reading in the primary grades.

You can take this seminar online in real-time or at your own pace, or with a group of colleagues from your school or district: 

  • Real-Time Virtual Learning Dates: July 13–17, 2020
  • On-Demand Virtual Learning Dates: January 25-March 21, 2021 (Spring Term I)
  • With Your Colleagues: For a group, by request virtually or in-person

Build an understanding of reading as a complex process. Learn how to help students become more proficient readers through differentiated instruction in small Guided Reading groups. Discover how to use Running Records to study a child's reading progress and consider the role that a gradient of texts and matching books to readers has on student progress.

We'll also discuss how to analyze assessment data to form flexible groups, select appropriate texts, and plan Guided Reading lessons for diverse groups of students.

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits.

  • Course Outcomes
    • Build knowledge of the reading process and the actions that enable students to become effective readers
    • Observe, assess, and analyze students' reading behaviors to plan for instruction
    • Use the 10 characteristics of texts to analyze books along a gradient of difficulty to consider the supports and challenges that the text offers to readers
    • Learn how to choose and introduce appropriate books for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
    • Consider how each part of a Guided Reading lesson—text introduction, reading the text, discussing the text, and word work—presents opportunities for teaching and learning
    • Learn how to group students for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
    • Identify characteristics of fiction and nonfiction to support students as they read in a variety of genres
    • Learn how the reading workshop provides a structure and management system that allows for whole-group, small-group, and individual teaching
  • Required and Recommended Texts

    Required Texts

    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016).  Guided reading: Responsive teaching across the grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2016).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, expanded edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2018).  The literacy quick guide: A reference tool for responsive literacy teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

    Recommended Texts

    • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Fountas & Pinnell prompting guide, part one for oral reading  and early writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Fountas & Pinnell prompting guide, part two for comprehension: Thinking, talking, and writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 
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Real-Time Virtual Learning Option

July 13–17 2020  |  9:00-11:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm (EST)
Participation during these times is required. We may assign additional work to meet the required professional development hours. After you register, we'll send you info about how to access the virtual platform.

Noncredit (35 professional development hours)

3 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)

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On-Demand Virtual Learning Option

Jan. 25 to Mar. 21, 2021 (Spring Term I) 

The online Guided Reading course must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as part of our 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

  • Cost: $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Use EEDUC 6047.80 to register for credit.
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With-Your-Colleagues Option

We can deliver this 5-day training virtually or in-person for a group of educators within your district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow). Take the course for noncredit for 35 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits. If you want to earn graduate credit, you'll need to complete an assignment and pay an extra fee. Email to register for graduate credit.

Inquire here for on-site professional development pricing, or call 617.349.8693.

"Thank you for offering such high quality professional development."
Allyson Coburn, Literacy Coordinator, Blue Mountain Union School District in Vermont

Cancellation Deadlines and Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university's cancellation and refund policy for credit courses.

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