Fundamentals in Literacy InstructionWhat is Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction?

Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction (FOLI) is professional development for teachers of reading who want to implement the components and principles of scientifically based reading instruction.


Teachers learn explicit best practices they can immediately use in their classrooms. The course:

  • Introduces the science of how children learn to read
  • Illustrates the importance of oral language, phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in reading instruction
  • Demonstrates how to put these concepts to work in the classroom



Face-to-face training is at the core of the FOLI professional development model. Teachers participating in the course will:

  • Learn about phonemes and how to analyze and correct common classroom spelling and writing problems
  • Gain familiarity with an integrated reading lesson framework and use it to plan reading and writing lessons that can be immediately used in the classroom
  • Learn how to develop lesson plans that help students meet their state standards
  • Develop and practice using effective text-dependent questions
  • Understand and use an Outcomes-Driven Model to review student data, determine student needs, plan instruction, and adjust instruction on an ongoing basis
  • Use a Phonics and Word Reading Survey to assess students’ areas of knowledge
  • Learn techniques for teaching the parts of a narrative and helping students to write their own narrative summaries and compositions

Class topics covered in FOLI include:

  • Phoneme Articular and Text-Dependent Questions
  • The Outcomes-Driven Model and Data Analysis
  • Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping, Vocabulary, and Read-Alouds
  • Syllable Types and Text-Dependent Questions
  • Irregular Words, Syllable Division, and Morphology
  • Reading Fluency and Writing
  • Integration and Putting It All Together
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