(15 ISBE Clock Hours) Strategies for increasing reading and writing fluency are featured in this course, with an emphasis on implementing varied activities tailored to specific student levels. This course teaches you a grouping strategy based on the researched- backed levels of spelling, and provides station & activity ideas and support on 6 key areas for effective reading and writing.

  • Total Price: $85
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 13 High-Quality Resources Provided with the Course


  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn about fluency station activity ideas for phonics, word work, sight words, reading, and writing

  • Receive resources and trackers for easy activity design and implementation

  • Learn grouping strategies based on researched- backed concepts

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

What are the best grouping strategies for improving reading and writing fluency, and how do I design stations and activities to best support student growth?

Great course for primary literacy stations!

I am currently working on renewing my teaching certification with plans to teach 1st or 2nd grade next year. This course gave me a good overview of reading, spelling, and writing instruction as well as some great ideas to implement in literacy stations. I will definitely use what I learned in my classroom next year!

-Elementary Teacher

 15 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 15 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Strategic Grouping

Learn the five research-based stages of spelling development and how grouping students based on spelling can help support and improve reading and writing fluency, then plan for how you’d group students based on these stages.

Section 2 – Phonics

Learn various activities for supporting phonics instruction in literacy stations, then reflect on how you would plan for phonics in a classroom at your grade level.

Section 3 – Word Work

Learn various activities for supporting word work, including some printable resources to implement into future stations, then reflect on how you would plan for word work in a classroom at your grade level.

Section 4 – Sight Words

Learn sight words activities, including a printable word bump game and a stations planner, then reflect on how you would plan for sight words in a classroom at your grade level.

Section 5- Reading Fluency

Learn reading fluency activities with suggestions for implementation, then reflect on how you would plan for reading fluency in a classroom at your grade level.

Section 6- Writing Fluency

Learn writing fluency activities with suggestions for implementation, then reflect on how you would plan for reading fluency in a classroom at your grade level.

Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 13 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Creative Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Grouping Students Template
  • Phonics Stations Template
  • Spelling Menu Board
  • Word Sort Template with Examples
  • Word Work Stations
  • Sight Word & Vocabulary Stations
  • Word Bump Game
  • Station Rotation Plan
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Checklist with Sample
  • Reading Fluency Stations
  • Writing Fluency Stations
  • Writing Across the Disciplines Tool

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Receive a copy of the course syllabus by submitting the form below. Once submitted, we automatically email you a copy. The syllabus contains detailed and important information on the structure and core content of the course as well as grading.

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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 15 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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