(30 ISBE Clock Hours) Are you constantly striving to see your students show significant growth in their literacy skills? Literacy stations with small group learning is an effective and often fun way to foster meaningful learning, while showing strong growth in literacy skills for each individual student. In this course, you will learn how to implement literacy stations in your classroom as well as learn actionable steps for how to assess and group students, as well as set up engaging literacy activities that will address the needs of all students, despite their individual reading levels.

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

  • Credits: 30 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 21 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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

What You Will Learn
  • Learn The Benefits of Literacy Stations in the Classroom
  • Learn How to Effectively Implement Literacy Stations in the Classroom
  • Receive the Tools & Strategies to Plan, Mange, & Measure the Effectiveness of Your Literacy Stations

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can literacy stations be used as a tool to foster significant growth in each individual student’s literacy skills in my classroom?

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This course was an excellent intro for Literacy Stations for PreK-2nd Grade. I found the lessons, reflections, and videos helpful and easy to follow. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to educate themselves more about literacy stations.

-2nd 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 – Literacy Stations: What, Why, & How

  • What literacy stations Are
  • Why and when stations are beneficial to students when we differentiate for student groups
  • An overview of the steps that should be taken to implement literacy stations
  • What effective literacy stations look and sound like in the primary grades

Section 2 – Grouping Students

  • When to use whole group instruction and when to use small group instruction
  • Different options for grouping students
  • Common practices and recommendations for grouping students
  • Effective ways to assess students’ literacy skills

Section 3 – Literacy Stations Planning Activities & Implementation

  • How to choose and plan literacy station activities based on grade levels
  • How to differentiate stations activities to meet the needs of learners
  • How to use the provided resources effectively
  • How to implement literacy stations into the classroom by following a sequence of steps

Section 4 – Expectations & Behaviors

  • How and why to establish age-appropriate expectations for independent work time
  • The importance of modeling expected behaviors
  • How to choose a behavior management plan that works effectively for you and your students

Section 5 – Collecting Data

  • Why collecting data during small group time is important
  • Different ways data can be collected during your literacy stations
  • How to develop a strategy for keeping students accountable while working independently in literacy stations
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 21 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Literacy Stations Implementation Guide
  • Literacy Stations Data Tracker
  • Literacy Stations Data Tracker-Sample
  • Literacy Groups Planner
  • Literacy Groups Planner-Sample
  • Grade Level Literacy Skills Expectations
  • Long Term Stations Planner
  • Long Term Stations Planner-Sample
  • Literacy Stations Activities By Grade Level
  • Literacy Stations Extra Resources
  • Literacy Stations Rotations Template
  • Weekly Stations Plan
  • Weekly Stations Plan-Sample
  • Literacy Stations Expectations
  • Behavior Management Ideas
  • Literacy Small Groups Progress Monitoring
  • Student Literacy Work Trackers
  • Progress Monitoring By Grade Level
  • Literacy Stations Weekly Action Plan-FINAL ACTIVITY
  • Literacy Stations Weekly Action Plan-FINAL ACTIVITY-SAMPLE
  • Effectiveness Rubric

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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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