Moving from Letter Knowledge to Blending

Duration: 5 weeks

This course is for you if you teach students who know letter names and sounds, but struggle to read words quickly and accurately.

Target Audience

Kinder-1st grade teachers; 2nd grade teachers supporting struggling readers

Class Dates: TBD

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Course Details

Weekly PLC Meetings on Zoom

5 week course

In this Literacy Mastermind™, you will learn a variety of blending strategies that can support students in making the jump between sound-by-sound decoding and fluent word reading. This Literacy Mastermind™ will connect you with a professional community of like-minded educators and literacy experts that will support your learning and implementation journey for 5 weeks. 

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This PD series includes:


Five weeks of PLC meetings (on Zoom) to collaborate and troubleshoot with other teachers


Four on-your-own-learning modules to learn more about key instructional strategies

Five weeks of optional office hours to receive additional support with implementation


You’ll have access to:

  • Lesson plan templates to make planning easier
  • A diagnostic decoding survey to gather useful information about student decoding and blending skills
  • Scripts to use when correcting decoding errors
  • Models of different blending strategies to try with students


This course is right for you if . . .


You aren’t sure how to use letter knowledge and decoding data collected from universal screeners like DIBELS, Acadience Reading, Aimsweb, etc. to plan instruction.


You want to know how to differentiate blending instruction using techniques such as continuous, successive, and backwards blending.


You’re tired of trying to piece together strategies on your own through Facebook groups and Instagram, and want to take a deep dive into blending instruction taught by experienced reading specialists.


You primarily teach sound-by-sound blending (e.g., /s/ /a/ /t/ → sat) and have students for whom this isn’t working.


You have students who aren’t making progress on decoding assessments and you’re ready to find targeted strategies to support their growth.


You want to learn and share ideas with a community of teachers whose students have similar concerns.


What Teachers Are Saying

Having time to script out a lesson plan that I can use tomorrow with kids was amazing. I was able to work through it and also ask questions along the way.
I currently teach first grade. Literacy Masterminds have helped me really hone in on the phonemic awareness and all of the arms of teaching literacy! I have a small group template that I can use and update weekly for individual students and my small groups. I felt supported by my facilitators and my team that I worked with! I learned quite a bit including how the brain works when students are learning letters and sounds! I’ve been ignited!


Frequently Asked Questions

What does this course include?

Our Literacy Masterminds include weekly 75-minute synchronous PLC meetings, weekly asynchronous on-your-own-learning modules, and weekly office hours with reading specialists.

For how long do I have access to the course?

You will have access to the on-your-own-learning course modules for six months. 

Will the live sessions be recorded?

No, the weekly Mastermind Meetings will not be recorded. Our weekly meetings are filled with lots of time for participants to talk, collaborate, and troubleshoot instructional concerns and to maintain privacy, these conversations are not recorded. If you need to miss a week, let us know and we can work with you to catch you up!

Do you accept purchase orders?

Yes! Please contact us for information at


I am an administrator and am considering purchasing this course for my teachers. Where can I find more information?

If you would like to preview the course content, please contact us at to set up a meeting.


Can I get PD credit for this course?

After completing the course (all lessons, including any discussion posts and assignments), we will issue a certificate of completion. We are a TEA approved CPE provider for Texas. However, since every state and district has different requirements for PD credit, this certificate does not guarantee that you will be granted credit by your district or state.



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