Upcoming Workshops & Events

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

The Key Vocabulary Routine with Keys to Literacy

Participants will log on 5-10 minutes ahead of time (8:50-8:55 am)

Program Hours:

 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

With a 30-minute lunch break


Keys to Literacy Trainer

This one-day virtual, live workshop presents an overview of The Key Vocabulary Routine, a routine for research-based vocabulary instruction. The routine can be used by all content teachers as Tier I instruction and by intervention specialists as Tier II instruction for struggling readers. The workshop has been developed for grades 3 -12 content teachers, literacy specialists, special education teachers, and administrators.


This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the research on effective vocabulary instruction

  • Alignment of the routine to reading standards in the Common Core State Standards

  • Overview of each component in The Key Vocabulary Routine

    • Previewing vocabulary

    • Four activities for teaching words in relation to other words (semantic mapping, semantic feature analysis, categorizing, scaling)

    • Strategies for choosing specific words to teach in-depth

    • Templates for teaching individual words (Frayer/Four Square, Concept Definition Map, Two-Column Notes)

    • Use of context and word parts to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word

    • Creating a word-conscious classroom

  • Examples of how these components can be taught using content area reading materials


Participants will leave this workshop with hands-on instructional activities that can be used immediately. Administrators will gain an understanding of a school-wide routine for teaching vocabulary that provides consistency from grade to grade and subject to subject.

Participants will each be shipped a copy of The Key Vocabulary Routine book as part of the registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 15 attendees is required.


New England League of Middle Schools
PO Box 887
Georgetown, MA 01833


(877) 402-7627

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