Being a teacher of literacy—whether teaching beginning reading skills or the advanced skills of using reading to enhance the learning of content—is complex and requires considerable knowledge and skill. This comprehensive, 12-part training spanning the 2021-2022 school year will empower teachers to understand the what, why, and how of evidence-based reading instruction in foundational reading skills so that they can better meet the varied needs of the students they serve. Training will be delivered in small, two-hour segments approximately twice/month, allowing educators time to process the information and implement practices into their own classrooms. Participants will learn the basics of reading at any age and how to strengthen instruction in reading foundations through structured and fast-paced routines that build on a hierarchy of skills that are necessary for students to become proficient readers and writers, including explicit, systematic, and multisensory instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics (basic and advanced), spelling and orthographic awareness, and fluency. Connections will be made to the latest research and evidence-based practices, including the Science of Reading and how this connects to Scarborough’s Reading Rope and Gough andTunmer’s Simple View, best practices for literacy assessment to diagnose student needs, and how this information relates to current Montana dyslexia legislation.
Schedule: Most Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. from September 8-December 1, 2021
How to register: Visit the Region IV CSPD Registration site