Online Academy

Our online classes, called Knowledge Blocks, provide educators with an opportunity to select their own learning paths about evidence-aligned literacy instruction. Knowledge Blocks are 2.5 hour interactive learning sessions that take place in an intimate virtual setting, each with a maximum of 20 participants. These classes provide a unique opportunity to interact with our expert instructors and network with other participants.

“Thank you so much for all of these fabulous resources! I’ve really enjoyed the learning blocks that I’ve attended and now see how it all ties together. Thank you and The Reading League for deepening my understanding of the Science of Reading and helping me design lessons to better meet my students’ needs.” – Darla S., RtI Teacher

Online Academy 2021 Schedule

TRL Online Academy offers a variety of 2.5 hour Knowledge Blocks

Foundations of the Science of Reading

September 29, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

September 29, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

September 30, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
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. You may recognize the Simple View of Reading equation (Gough & Tunmer, 1986), but have you plugged in the numbers and talked about what it really means for different types of readers? You may have seen Scarborough’s Reading Rope (2001), but are the details etched in your long-term memory so you can use it as a lens for viewing instructional decisions? You may have heard of the Four-Part Processing Model for Word Recognition (Seidenberg & McClelland, 1989), but can you explain how it functions in skilled readers? We recommend starting with this Knowledge Block if you have unfinished learning about these anchors and how they can sharpen your thinking about assessment and instruction. Our Foundations Knowledge Block also addresses transformative versus additive change, and what it takes to transform the culture of practice in a school system. This Knowledge Block is appropriate for all educators.

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Understanding Dyslexia

September 22, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

September 22, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Sheila Clonan
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.

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Phoneme Proficiency: What, Why, and How?

October 6, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

October 6, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

October 7, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
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. The PAST is available for free download at thepasttest.com. Participants will receive a PDF version of the assessment via email. This Knowledge Block is appropriate for K-5 teachers and administrators, as well as middle and high school teachers who work with long-term developing readers.

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Assessing for Dyslexia

November 10, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

November 10, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

November 11, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
This Knowledge Block is appropriate for anyone seeking to gain a greater understanding of the school psychologist’s role in educational assessment for dyslexia, including critical evaluation areas to target. 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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Phonic Knowledge: What, Why, and How?

November 3, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

November 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

November 4, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
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. This Knowledge Block is appropriate for K-5 teachers and administrators, as well as middle and high school teachers who work with long-term developing readers.

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TRL 6-Step Plan for Decoding, Spelling, and Fluency

November 17, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

November 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

November 18, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
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. This Knowledge Block is appropriate for K-5 teachers and administrators, as well as middle and high school teachers who work with long-term developing readers. We strongly recommend taking both the Phoneme Proficiency and Phonic Knowledge, Knowledge Blocks prior to this 6-Step plan, but it is not required.

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The Simple View of Writing

December 15, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

December 15, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)

December 16, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

About this course:
Instructor: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
We know you are familiar with the Simple View of Reading, but did you know there is also a Simple View of Writing (SVW)? 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. This Knowledge Block is appropriate for teachers and administrators at all grade levels.

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