PreK-1st Grade Training Information

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*** IMPORTANT: EBLI trainings are intended to provide educators with the necessary information and materials to teach students directly; they will not have permission to or be capable of teaching other educators how to teach EBLI. ***

This training provides trainees with instruction and practice in teaching beginning readers the research-based reading skills and concepts at the ‘learning to read’ level.  This requires PreK-1st grade student instruction to be systematic, developmentally appropriate, and organized.  EBLI provides this so teachers can deliver the necessary skills and concepts to their students at an accelerated pace while also using the materials in their current curriculum.  Differentiation and scaffolding, with more repetition geared toward younger students, is very explicit in this training so students develop a firm foundation quickly and can move on to accurate reading and spelling.  EBLI instruction is intended to be delivered whole class as well as in small groups or centers and 1:1 instruction.  Trainees are taught how to be diagnostic and prescriptive in their delivery of EBLI and to individualize instruction within whole class settings.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)

Trainees have the option of earning SCECHs for the majority of EBLI trainings. The cost to trainee is $10 and is due by check or credit card on Day 3 of training.

Recommended reading before training:

Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It by Diane McGuinness
How the Brain Learns to Read by David A. Sousa
The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read by John Corcoran

Who is the training for?

This 3-day EBLI training is for classroom teachers at the Pre-kindergarten through 1st grade levels.  Title I teachers and others that teach a range of K-12th students (including intervention, remediation, special ed, etc.) should attend the 2nd-12th training.

What is included with the price of training?

  • 3 days of in-person training on EBLI strategies and instruction
  • EBLI Online Member’s Area (lifetime subscription)
  • Training Binder
    • lesson plan (30 weeks for PreK - K, 20 weeks for 1st)
    • additional centers and/or practice activities
    • stories with vocabulary to pre-teach
    • supplemental materials
    • directions on infusing EBLI into content area curriculum
  • Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul Book (one)
  • EBLI Markers (30)
  • EBLI bag (one)
  • EBLI poster (one)
  • 12 x 18 inch whiteboard (one)
  • Small eraser (one)
  • Coffee, water, small snacks

What is NOT included with the price of training?

  • Trainees are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses
  • Books for students to read
  • Classroom set of whiteboards
    • Each student needs a 12 x 18 inch whiteboard. You can get inexpensive whiteboards by going to a home improvement store and getting large sheets of showerboard cut into 12 x 18 inch blocks. Often stores will donate boards to teachers.
    • Boards should be ready for students by the first day back after EBLI training.
  • Classroom set of erasers
    • You can order from or use pom poms, fingers from mittens, tissue, socks, etc.
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  • Additional markers
    • We recommend 10 markers per student per year.
    • We recommend markers from
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After the training

On-site coaching is mandatory for this 3-day training. A certified EBLI trainer comes to your site to work with trainees in their educational setting. Implementing EBLI is a process that becomes automatic over time; coaching teachers in refining their practice at delivering literacy instruction is a powerful component of EBLI. Our in-person and on-line coaching are integral parts of EBLI that assist educators so they can easily infuse EBLI strategies and activities in reading, spelling, and writing instruction across the curriculum. To learn more about onsite coaching, click here to read the Training FAQs.

Additional EBLI coaching can be purchased upon request.

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