COURSEWORK

The Reading League

Knowledge Blocks 2.5 hours each.
Online Academy is a unique and highly specialized professional development experience. You can personalize your learning pathway by selecting your choice of Knowledge Blocks. Teachers learn from an expert in a small group, intimate, online setting with others who are serious about making the Science of Reading come to life.

Foundations of the Science of Reading
The Science of Reading embodies over 40 years of research findings from multiple fields of study that shine a light on key fundamental principles of reading instruction. At The Reading League, we ground all of our professional development in three “anchors” that have emerged from this research. We recommend starting with this Knowledge Block, which also addresses transformative versus additive change, and what it takes to transform the culture of practice in a school system.

Phoneme Proficiency: What, Why, and How?
You are likely aware of the importance of phonemic awareness, but what about phoneme proficiency? This Knowledge Block will help untangle a bunch of “ph” terms associated with the Science of Reading and clarify the role of phoneme proficiency in skilled reading. Participants will also learn how to administer and interpret Kilpatrick’s Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST), along with planning strategies and instructional approaches that can be used to teach for phoneme proficiency in face-to-face and virtual settings.

Phonic Knowledge: What, Why, and How?
Do you know a digraph from a diphthong? How about the six major syllable types of English? This Knowledge Block will help you brush up on your own knowledge of phonics and give you a way to assess the phonic knowledge of your students. Participants will also learn how to analyze this data so that it can inform instruction.

6-Step Plan for Decoding, Spelling, and Fluency
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry.
Appropriate for: K-5 teachers and administrators, middle and high school teachers who work with long-term developing readers.
In this Knowledge Block, participants will learn how to plan and implement 40-60 minute engaging, evidence-aligned, 6-Step lessons to teach the phonemic and phonic skills necessary for efficient decoding, spelling, and fluency. You will receive a collection of practical resources and ideas for using the TRL 6-Step approach in face-to-face and virtual instruction.

The Simple View of Writing
We know you are familiar with the Simple View of Reading, but did you know there is also a Simple View of Writing? In this Knowledge Block, participants will learn about the subcomponents of the SVW, and receive practical instructional guidance for each. We will also share a process that you and your colleagues may use to analyze your current approach to writing instruction, and determine how well it is aligned to the SVW.

Understanding Dyslexia
Participants will learn about the role of the brain in reading and dyslexia. Early warning signs as well as critical indicators and core deficits will be presented. We will review special education law with an emphasis on specific learning disability and dyslexia. A discussion of clinical diagnosis versus educational classification, and IEPs versus 504 Plans, will guide participants to consider these nuances in the contexts of schools.

Assessing for Dyslexia
Instructor: Dr. Sheila Clonan
Specific test measures and key interpretations needed to render a dyslexia classification will be examined. We will discuss recommendations for interventions and accommodations, and conclude with evaluation tips for school psychologists.

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