Keys to Literacy Comprehension Coach Training

training to become a school peer coach for The Key Comprehension Routine

Welcome and thank you for your interest in taking this online course! Below you will find information about the course, including a course syllabus and answers to frequently asked questions. We estimate that this course will take approximately 11 hours to complete. Once finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating the number of hours you put into the course. If you have any questions, please email us: [email protected]

Enjoy the course! Joan Sedita, Founder of Keys to Literacy


This course is appropriate for any educator who is preparing to be a peer coach in their school or district for The Key Comprehension Routine. The course provides background knowledge about peer coaching and an advanced review of the program: The Key Comprehension Routine Grades 4-12. This is an asynchronous and facilitated course (see below for details).

Upon completion, you will be prepared to provide coaching. Please note: you will not be qualified to present formal initial training.


Because of the advanced nature of the course content, completion of initial teacher training for The Key Comprehension Routine is a prerequisite. If you have not taken this initial training, see the options below:

  • Take the online Key Comprehension Routine teacher training course. This is the easiest option for individuals who cannot participate in the two options below. (click here for more information) When you register for these courses, you will be sent the related training book.
  • Participate in a 10-12 hour face-to-face training delivered by a Keys to Literacy Trainer (Click here for more information)
  • Participate in a hybrid-online training delivered by a licensed Keys to Literacy Level I Trainer in your district (Click here for more information)

At the start of this coach course, you will be asked to provide information about when you completed initial training.

Goals for Coach Training

Here are the main goals for your coach training:

  • Help you understand and define your role as a Keys to Literacy peer coach
  • Provide peer coaching techniques and resources
  • Provide suggestions for promoting implementation in your building
  • Review the strategies and instructional practices from The Key Comprehension Routine
  • Help you become a local “expert” in the program so you will feel confident helping teachers with implementation


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 pace yourself. Watch and read all course materials so you do not miss any important information, and be sure to complete all activities.


The course is facilitated, which means you will communicate with a Keys to Literacy Trainer using email. You will submit course assignments and receive feedback from the Trainer, who will also be available to answer any questions you may have about being a Keys to Literacy coach. Once you enroll in the course, your trainer will contact you via email to develop a course completion and communication plan.

Partner With Other Peer Coaches

To get the most out of this course, and to build support for yourself when you start coaching, we highly recommend that you partner with at least one other person in your school or district to become Keys to Literacy coaches at the same time. Some of the assignment pages include suggestions for sharing your activity responses and having discussions with these partners.

Required Materials

The course will reference content from the training books used in initial training for The Key Comprehension Routine. Make sure you have your copy from your initial teacher training available while completing this course. If you will only be coaching teachers in grades 4-12, you will only need The Key Comprehension Routine Grades 4-12 training book. Likewise if you are only coaching teachers in grades K-3 you will only need The Key Comprehension Routine Grades K-3 training book. However, if you are coaching teachers across these grade levels, you will need both books. Click here to order a teacher training book.

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

  1 Course Introduction
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  2 Keys to Literacy Professional Development Model
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  6 Coach Action Planning
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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. We suggest trying to have it done within 4-6 weeks. You will have access to the course for one year from the date of your enrollment.
What type of payment is accepted for this 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, register at the Keys to Literacy website store: where you can order online or download an online course order form. Contact us with questions about registration: [email protected]
What type of equipment will I need to complete the course?
You will need a computer or tablet with the latest browser and an updated adobe flash player. You will also need a valid and working email address so the Keys to Literacy Trainer can communicate with you. Also, there are a number of documents and slide shows that you can download during the course to complete activities and support your coaching. These downloads will be in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint format, as well as Adobe PDF.
Will I receive a grade for this course?
No grades will be awarded for this course. Your Keys to Literacy Trainer will review your assignments and quiz scores and work with you to make sure they are in good standing before you earn your certificate of completion.
Can this course be used towards professional development points?
Depending on your situation, this course can be used for PD points. We highly recommend that you use the information we provide on the course information page to gain prior approval from your principal or Professional Development coordinator before you start the course to be sure it will count towards your PD points. Your Keys to Literacy Trainer will give you a Certificate of Completion at the completion of the course that will include the humber of hours you spent completing this course.
How do I get help?
If you have any questions about this course, please contact us via email: [email protected]
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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