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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Fundations® Level 1

DateTuesday, September 26th, 2017
Time 8:30am to 3:30pm
Course Number1097
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course DescriptionFundations® for Grades K-2 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations® is based upon the Wilson Reading Principles and is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 program designed to provide high quality classroom instruction for all students, as well as double dose instruction for those students requiring more targeted intervention. Each Fundations® workshop aligns with that grade’s Common Core Reading Foundational Skills. This workshop provides a practical application of reading research and will prepare teachers to teach Fundations® in Prevention (Tier 1) and/or Early Intervention (Tier 2) settings. At the completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:
  • Identify skills and components of effective reading and spelling instruction
  • Describe how Fundations® teaches these skills through multisensory activities
  • Optimize the use of the Fundations® teacher’s manual
  • Determine the weekly lesson schedule and preparation of a Fundations’® lesson plan.
It is recommended that Tier 2 teachers complete the Fundations® Intervention, Progress Monitoring and Fluency Workshop offered by Wilson Language Training.To learn more, please visit the Wilson website at: www.wilsonlanguage.com Fundations Level K will be offered on October 10, 2017. Fundations Level 2 will be offered on September 27, 2017.

Paula Costello, M.Ed.

Instructor, Professional Learning Provider

Paula Costello, M.Ed., Instructor and Professional Learning Provider, provides workshops for teachers as well as literacy instruction for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. She also partners with Vermont schools and serves as a mentor for classroom teachers. A reading specialist who has worked extensively with students and teachers for 30 years, Paula’s areas of expertise include early literacy learning, literacy development, intervention and assessment. 

Prior to joining the Stern Center in 2010, Paula was a reading specialist at Westford School for twenty years. She was also a Developmental Reading Assessment trainer for the Department of Education for eight years.

Paula has completed the Wilson Reading System, Level 1, Multisensory Language Training Program, and is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Paula is a certified presenter for the Wilson Fundations K-2 program. She also leads the Stern Center’s professional learning course T.I.M.E. for Teachers, delivering in-depth knowledge of the structure of the English language along with evidence-based best practices in reading and spelling instruction.

Paula holds a Master of Education degree in Reading and Language Arts from the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as a 5th Year Certificate in Education. When she is not helping students reach their potential or training teachers throughout Vermont, Paula enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Required MaterialsNone
AudienceClassroom teachers, interventionists, and paraprofessionals
Grade LevelK-2
Additional Information

Participants will leave this class with 5 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

Fundations Level K will be offered on October 10, 2017.

Fundations Level 2 will be offered on September 27, 2017.

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