Louisiana Keys to Early Literacy

This course meets the Louisiana Act 108 Literacy Foundations Training. For LA Educators Only!

Welcome and thank you for your interest in this online course! Please note that this asynchronous course is customized to meet the requirements of the Louisiana Act 108 Literacy Foundations Training. If you have questions about meeting these state requirements, contact your school administrator. Click here to view information from the Louisiana Department of Education about the Louisiana Foundations Training.

Below you will find information about the course. It is a combination of two Keys to Literacy online courses. We estimate that it will take approximately 55 hours to complete. Course One: Keys to Beginning Reading will take approximately 40 hours to complete, and Course Two: Keys to Early Writing will take approximately 15 hours to complete.

Once finished, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion. If you have any questions about the online course, please email us: [email protected]


Course One provides the background knowledge needed to teach all the components of beginning literacy instruction. Course Two provides evidence-based instructional suggestions for teaching early writing skills. The practical instructional practices are designed to easily transfer to classroom lessons and can be integrated with any reading/writing curriculum or published reading/writing program.

Course Materials

Training Manuals: The course will reference content from the Keys to Beginning Reading manual as well as the Keys to Early Writing manual. After receiving your registration for this course, Keys to Literacy will contact you with information about how to access your manuals. If you have not yet received your manuals but would like to start the course, Module 1 in Keys to Beginning Reading is designed to be completed without the manual.

Asynchronous Course

The course is asynchronous, which means you can log on and off multiple times to complete the course assignments at your own pace.

As with all online coursework, you are responsible for much of your learning. We suggest you develop a plan and schedule for completing the course modules in order to manage your time and follow the schedule for facilitated debrief meetings. Watch and read all course materials so you do not miss any important information, and be sure to complete all activities.

Quizzes & Final Assessment

Because this course is designed to meet the requirements of the Louisiana Literacy Foundations Training, there are a few requirements that you must meet to complete the online course and access your course certificate.

  • You must take the course in module order. This includes completing each module before you can move on to the next.
  • Quizzes: There is a quiz at the end of most modules. You must pass the quiz with a score of at least 75% before you can move on to the next module. You can take the quiz up to six times. If you do not pass the first time, you should go back over the content in the module to review any information you may have missed.
  • End of Course Assessment: There is an end-of-course assessment at the end of both courses that you must pass with a score of at least 75%. You can take the assessments up to six times.

Certificate of Completion

On average, this asynchronous course takes 55 hours to complete. You will be able to download a Certificate of Completion for the 55 hours of professional development time. There will be space for you to add your name and when you completed the course. Be sure to let your school district administrator know that you have met the Louisiana Act 108 Literacy Foundations training requirement. You can share your certificate with the administrator as proof of completion.

Your Instructor

Joan Sedita
Joan Sedita

The course developer is Joan Sedita, founder of Keys to Literacy and author of the Keys to Literacy professional development programs. Keys to Literacy is based in Massachusetts, and provides literacy professional development to schools across the United States. For over 40 years, Joan has been an experienced educator and nationally recognized teacher trainer. She has authored multiple literacy professional development programs, including The Key Comprehension Routine, The Key Vocabulary Routine, Keys to Beginning Reading, Keys to Content Writing, Keys to Early Writing, and Keys to Close Reading. Beginning in 1975, she worked for 23 years at the Landmark School, a pioneer in the development of literacy intervention programs. As a teacher, principal, and director of the Outreach Teacher Training Program at Landmark, Joan developed expertise, methods, and instructional programs that address the literacy needs of students in grades K-12. Joan was one of the three lead trainers in MA for the Reading First Program and was a LETRS author and trainer. She received her M.Ed. in Reading from Harvard University and her B.A. from Boston College

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Louisiana Literacy Foundations Course
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  Introduction: Course 1 Keys to Beginning Reading
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  Keys to Beginning Reading Wrap Up
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  Introduction: Course 2 Keys to Early Writing
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  Module 9: Keys to Early Writing Wrap Up
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  Course Wrap Up: Louisiana Keys to Early Literacy
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is available to start as soon as you enroll and can be taken at your own pace. You will have access to the course for one year from the date of your enrollment.
How do I register and pay for the course?
Credit Card or PayPal: Register here and pay for the course using a credit card or PayPal. You will be given the option when you get to the payment step of the enrollment process. Our online system will send an email receipt after you place your order. To purchase this course using a personal check or Purchase Order (PO) from a school or organization, contact Keys to Literacy to register by phone: Email [email protected] Phone 978-948-8511.
What type of equipment will I need to complete the course?
You will need a computer or tablet with the latest browser. You will also need a valid and working email address so Keys to Literacy can communicate with you. Also, there are a number of documents that you can download during the course. These downloads will be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.
Will I receive a grade for this course?
No grades will be awarded for this course.
Can this course be used towards meeting the requirement for Louisiana Literacy Foundations Training?
Yes, if you complete the online course you will meet the requirements for the Literacy Foundations Training.
How do I get help?
If you have any questions about this course, please contact us via email: [email protected]

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