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The Science of Reading: Evidence-based Practices
for Literacy Instruction in the Classroom

Course Offerings, 2021-22


The Science of reading: Evidence-Based Universal Literacy Instruction
Course # 201658

Audience: K-5 general education teachers, K-5 special education teachers who support general classroom instruction

This will be a semester-long course that will include: blended learning, coaching conversations, and book studies of two highly regarded publications. Participants will gain an understanding of what the science of reading is and how evidence-based, high-leverage literacy practices can be provided at a universal level within the elementary classroom to support Iowa’s MTSS framework. The course will provide opportunities to interact with multiple resources, including the work of Denise Eide’s Uncovering the Logic of English and David Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success (purchase of both books prior to the first class will be required). The content will also include extensive information about the importance of  phonemic awareness, the progression of how the human brain learns to read, guidelines for decoding and encoding, including how to teach syllable types and multi-syllable words.  While all 5 pillars of the literacy model will be discussed, the primary focus of the content will be within the pillars of phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency. All of this will come together for immediate, practical application in the general education classroom to accelerate learning. This class will be offered as participant-only attendance OR 3 licensure renewal credits.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Science of Reading: what it is and what it means for the classroom teacher
  • How to deliver effective, evidence-based practices within universal literacy instruction that’s effective for all students.
  • Diagnostic tools to match student needs for instructional design who are indicating “risk” based on universal screening data.
  • How to adjust effective, evidence-based practices to intensify instruction and provide supplemental support within the classroom.

Please protect these dates in your calendar for FACE to FACE learning: Sept 21, Nov 16, and Dec 16, 2021

Instructor: Courtney Bentley  

The Science of REading: Orton Gillingham Practices for Intensive Instruction Course # 201652

Audience: K-12 Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists

This will be a semester-long, intensive course that will include a blended learning format, coaching conversations, and book studies of the OG Language Tool Kit and Recipe for Reading (information for purchase of materials will be provided at the time of registration).  This course is designed to address the most intensive needs in your school building, where data suggests a need for individual or small group, intensified instruction, which may include special education services. Participants are encouraged to attend as a team to serve as collaborative and accountability partners.  Participants who attend individually will be paired with other individuals by the instructors to serve this purpose. This class will be offered as participant-only attendance, 3 licensure renewal credits OR 1 graduate credit.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Intensive Instruction for an individual or small groups of students
  • Orton Gillingham method of instruction through the use of a toolkit and progression of skills
  • Dyslexia and its relation to the need for explicit, systematic instruction
  • Making data-based instructional decisions for increasing students’ rate of progress

Please protect these dates in your calendar for FACE to FACE learning: Sep 16, Oct 14 and Dec 7, 2021; Jan. 27, 2022 (snow make-up day Feb 3 2022) 

Instructor: Courtney Bentley     





Book Study Opportunities 

Don’t have the ability to engage in a semester-long course? Does a full-blown course seem too overwhelming but you still want to engage in learning and also learn from others? Each two-month long book study will take place throughout the school year.

Upon registration, a purchase of the book title will be required. Feel free to participate in one or all, based on your needs and your classroom! Each course is conversational in nature and will require you to engage in a remote application (such as: Marco Polo, Flipgrid, Padlet) to collaborate and learn with other educators as you read the book.

equipped for reading success
course #181210

Equipped For Reading Success by David Kilpatrick
Instructor: Holly Fish
Audience: PreK-5 general education teacher, reading specialists, K-5 special education teachers

This comprehensive, step by step resource provides practical guidance for developing phonemic awareness and fluency word recognition in the classroom.  The book provides an assessment, one-minute routines, and a plethora of other valuable resources that will be immediately applied with your students.

Engagement in this course will take place Sep 1-Nov 1, 2021




Uncovering the logic of english
course #201654

Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide
InstructorTracy Grimes   
Audience: K-5 Educators, K-12 Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists

By revealing the logical patterns underlying 98% of English words, Uncovering the Logic of English eliminates the need to guess and provides a logical solution to English spelling.

Simple answers are given for questions such as:

  • Why is there a silent final E in have?
  • Why don't we drop the E in noticeable?
  • Why is discussion spelled with -sion rather than -tion?

As the rules unfold it becomes apparent how this knowledge is vital to reversing the educational crisis that is plaguing America. This slim volume is easy to read and accessible to parents and classroom teachers. A thorough appendix summarizes the most important concepts for quick reference.

Engagement in this course will take place Nov 1, 2021-Jan 1, 2022.


unlocking literacy
course #201655

Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry
Instructor: Tracy Grimes
Audience: PreK-8 general education teachers, reading specialists, k-5 special education teachers

Description:. Educators will have the very latest research and practical guidance on teaching good reading and spelling skills. Developed for general and special educators of students from prekindergarten to middle school and beyond, the new edition of this bestselling textbook arms teachers with the most recent developments in reading research and shows them how to apply their knowledge in the classroom to help all students learn.

Engagement in this course will take place Jan 1-Mar 1, 2022


Reader come home
course #201656

Reader Come Home by Maryanne Wolfe
Instructor: Tracy Grimes
Audience: K-12 Educators

Description: Drawing deeply on research, this book comprises a series of letters Wolfe writes to describe her concerns and hopes about what is happening to the reading brain that changes to adapt to digital mediums.  Wolfe raises difficult questions, including: Will children learn to incorporate the full range of “deep reading” processes that are at the core of the expert reading brain? With information at their fingertips, how will the next generation learn to build their own storehouse of knowledge?  How can we preserve deep reading processes in future iterations of the reading brain? How can we maintain critical thinkers in our society? 

Engagement in this course will take place March 1-May 1, 2022