(30 ISBE Clock Hours) Participants in this course will learn about foundational reading skills and how they build upon one another, as well as understanding their relationship to a student’s reading level. The training will cover the background and main components of guided reading, as well as how to plan for a guided reading group. Participants will be provided with a variety of strategy ideas and resources they can implement immediately with their small groups.

  • Total Price: $145
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 30 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 18 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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

What You Will Learn
  • Learn How to Assess Your Students’ Reading Level
  • Learn How to Build Reading Groups Based On Student Reading Level for Effective Reading Instruction
  • Step-By-Step Instructions On How to Use Common Tools and Assessment Methods to Assess Your Student’s Reading

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

Once I have determined how to group my students into guided reading groups based on ability levels, what specific strategies can I use to ensure that they progress in their reading skills?

Great guided reading course!

I really enjoyed this course. I am starting a long-term sub job for 1st grade and this guided reading course was exactly what I needed to get started.

-1st Grade Teacher

 30 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 30 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 – Understanding Reading Levels

Section 2 – Guided Reading Background & Principles

Section 3 – Guided Reading Strategies for Emergent & Early Readers

Section 4 – Guided Reading Strategies for Transitional & Fluent Readers

Section 5 – Using Assessments

Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 18 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Character Feelings
  • Compare Contrast Venn Diagram
  • Comprehension Assessment Retelling Questions
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment Discussion Rubric
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment FICTION Retelling Rubric
  • DRA Comprehension Assessment NONFICTION Retelling Rubric
  • Lexile® Conversion Chart
  • Figurative Language Graphic Organizer
  • Guided Reading Group Lesson Plan Template
  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Behaviors
  • Head Heart Hands and Feet Character Development
  • High Frequency Word Checklist
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Setting Reading Groups Tool
  • Story Map for Early Readers
  • Story Map for Fluent Readers
  • Strategy Plan Template
  • Three Ps Planning
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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 30 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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