(15 ISBE Clock Hours) This course prepares you to implement the research-driven model of explicit instruction into your elementary reading classroom. In this course, you will learn how to utilize the explicit instruction model to select the correct reading behavior or skill for your student or groups, to build a plan aligned to student goals, and to implement the lesson into your classroom. You will also be provided with an assortment of tools and resources to help you seamlessly implement your new training.

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

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 23 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 how to identify a target reading behavior or skill for a group of students

  • Structure an elementary reading lesson using the Explicit Instruction format and learn the components of each part of the lesson cycle

  • Choose an assessment method that aligns to your goals for your student groups

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I plan effective reading lessons targeted to specific skills and behaviors that incorporate modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment?

Fantastic course!

This course was so clear, and I felt that each step gave me exactly what I needed to design a lesson. I loved that for all the components of the lesson there were resources I can use in my class!

-3rd grade 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 – Common Reading Behaviors

  • Receive an overview of reading assessments and progression of basic reading skills, then analyze the common reading behaviors you can expect to see at each elementary grade level.

Section 2 – Defining Explicit Instruction

  • Learn the meaning of explicit instruction, how you can utilize this method to teach reading skills, and what explicit instruction lessons can look like in an elementary classroom.
  • Learn how to identify a reading behavior or skill you can teach in a future or current lesson and how to appropriately group students.

Section 3 – Modeling & Guided Practice

  • Learn how to model a new skill, then how to design activities to support students through guided practice.
  • Then, learn how to plan for what guided practice might look like in a lesson of your content area and grade level.

Section 4 – Independent Practice

  • Learn about activities you can create and methods for implementing them into the independent practice portion of your lesson.
  • Then, reflect on what independent practice might look like in a lesson of your content area and grade level.

Section 5 – Assessment

  • Analyze various assessments that can be utilized during and after explicit instruction to ensure instructional goals re met.
  • Then reflect on how to select an appropriate assessment for a lesson of your content area and grade level.
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 23 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Common Reading Behaviors Checklist
  • Reading Skills Analysis Tables
  • Reading Skills Analysis Table (Completed Sample)
  • Kindergarten Explicit Instruction Plan (Completed Sample)
  • Fifth Grade Explicit Instruction Plan (Completed Sample)
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Modeling & Guided Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Model Teaching Guided Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Model Teaching Guided Practice (Completed Sample)
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Independent Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Independent Practice (completed Sample)
  • Assessment Choice Checklist (Completed Sample)
  • Fluency Tracker
  • Fluency Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Academic Behavior Tracker
  • Academic Behavior Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Progression of Skills Mastery Tracker
  • Progression of Skills Mastery Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • On/Off Task Behavior Tracker
  • On/Off Task Behavior Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Explicit Instruction Lesson Plan Template

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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 the Course

  • 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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