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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.


Foundational Literacy Skills: T-I-M-E for Teachers™

DateMonday, November 7th, 2016
Time 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Course Number1099
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course Description

This multi-day course will provide a conceptual understanding of how children learn to read and the elements of effective reading and spelling instruction. This course draws on current research, developmental models, and practical teaching strategies and activities to help teachers understand students’ evolving insights into the workings of our alphabetic system. Participants will gain an awareness of the power and usefulness of explicit, systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonology, phonics, and morphology. Participants will also leave this course understanding how the English language works and how teachers can foster literacy for all learners. Knowing how our language works is the key to delivering quality reading and spelling instruction. This course is available for three graduate credits.


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 MaterialsIf you are taking the class for graduate credit, you are required to purchase Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, 3rd Ed. by Judith Birsh (2011) and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language skills Activity Book by Birsh and Carreker (2011)
Audienceclassroom teachers grades K-5, reading specialists, special educators, administrators, and support staff
Grade LevelK-5
Additional Information

This course will meet on the following dates from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM*
– Monday, October 9, 2017
– Monday, November 6, 2017 *Note: this class meets from 9 AM – 3:30 PM
– Monday, November 13, 2017
– Monday, November 27, 2017
– Monday, December 4, 2017
– Monday, December 18, 2017
– Monday, January 8, 2018
– Monday, January 22, 2018

Other Stern Center Events
Wed Aug 1st 2018

Wilson Reading System® Introductory Workshop

Stern Center for Language and Learning
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Thu Jul 19th 2018

Reading and the Brain

Stern Center for Language and Learning
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As a result of the Professional Learning course I attended at the Stern Center, I have a better understanding of how children learn differently and how my interactions with them impact their daily learning.

- Social Cognition 1 Attendee and Educator