K-3rd Teachers

Teacher Readiness

Be prepared to meet each child on the first day of school with evidence-based instruction to match each child’s needs.

Shine Your Light!

This four-week virtual learning program focuses on school-readiness, so you are prepared to meet, reach and teach each child through positive relationships and your implementation of the science of reading from the first day of school – and every day after with knowledge, skills, and tools focused on assessment, language comprehension, access to the code, and differentiated instruction.

We recommend getting started by watching the K-3rd portion of our two-part Town Hall event and our accompanying introduction videos, then following along with each unit.


Watch Our Summer Town Hall Kick-Off Event

Unit 1
Click below to watch Drs. Renée Boynton-Jarrett and Maryanne Wolf discuss the role of relationships in forming safety, fostering trust and building brains for learning, thinking, questioning and leading. 

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Watch Our Introduction Videos

Our 2020 Promise

When you join the Cox Campus community, you make a promise – to engage each and every child as your conversational partner and give them the language and literacy skills they need to decide their own future. Click below to learn about our Promise to all children.

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Every Opportunity

Our words have the power to decide whether a child’s day will be filled with wondrous discovery and excitement or with dreaded anxiety and discouragement. With every interaction, adults can contribute to a learning ecosystem where children thrive.

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The Gift of Home Language

Dual Language Learners (DLLs) are children who are learning and developing in more than one language. DLLs are eager to share their gift with others in their classroom community, but most importantly, they rely on this valuable gift to access the knowledge they have gained about the world and to continue to grow and learn as they develop their English. As educators, we must value this gift and bring it into the classroom.

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Units 2 & 3

Weeks 2 and 3, focused on evidence-based assessment of reading, include the following:

1. Completion of our free course, “Assessing Our Students” including use the Focus Questions we’ve developed to help guide your thinking as you go through the content. After completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify the National Reading Panel’s areas of reading
  • Create student data profiles and group children with like abilities
  • Intentionally plan based on individual needs of students driven by data

2. Review of the following tools and resources (linked in the course and also available in the Resource Library) designed to help you implement evidence-based assessment with each child and determine a plan for instruction.

    • Assessment Drill Down Flow Chart
    • Skills to Screen
    • Types of Assessments
    • Oral Ready Fluency Assessment
    • Phonics Survey
    • Phonological Awareness Survey
    • Letter Names Survey
    • Letter Sounds Survey

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Live Event Recording: Evidence-Based Phonics Assessment

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Selecting assessment tools
  • Critical aspects of assessment
  • Deriving meaning from data

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Instructional Practices

Units 4 & 5

These units focus on targeted small-group reading instruction to improve the efficacy of practice through differentiated instruction for students.

Complete the following:

  1. Our free course,“Targeted Small Group Instruction,” including use of the Focus Questions we’ve developed to help guide your thinking as you go through the content.

After completing the course, you will be able to structure and implement explicit instruction targeting the NRP’s 5 non-negotiable reading skills:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  1. Review the following tools and resources (linked in the course and also available in the Resource Library) designed to help you implement small group instruction:
  • Targeted Small Group Reading Lesson Framework
  • Targeted Small Group Reading Lesson Snapshot
  • Targeted Small Group Lesson Materials List
  • Comprehension Strategies List
  • Teacher-led Small Group Instruction Activities
  • Decodable Text vs Leveled Text
  • Determining Which Text Types to Use for Small Group Reading Lessons

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On Target: Making Small Group Instruction Work For Every Child

Recording of Facebook Live Event on July 9

Some of the topics discussed on this recorded live event include:

  • Using data to differentiate instruction
  • Planning and implementing instruction – in-person and virtual
  • Live Q&A with panelists

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