Introduction to Basic Reading Instruction

The Reading League is committed to empowering parents with the knowledge of reading science and how it relates to the direct, explicit instruction all learners need and deserve. Our parent course is normally $150, but thanks to generous supporters, we are pleased to offer choose your own payment of $25, $50, or $100. Please consider the value of this information to your family and choose a registration fee for the 9-hour course that is appropriate for your family’s budget.

Time: 9 Hours | Cost: $150 Choose Your Payment 

Participants Will Learn:

  • How the reading brain develops
  • The 6 syllable types of the English language
  • A 6-step plan for direct instruction

Who should take this course:
This 9-hour course is designed for parents/caregivers to learn the basics of reading science and how it can be applied to instruction for students of any age. No prior teaching experience is necessary!

This course is scheduled for Eastern Standard Time. Please confirm you can attend all 6 sessions of the course as it relates to your time zone before registering.

August 2022

  • Monday, August 15th, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
  • Wednesday, August 17th, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
  • Monday, August 22nd, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
  • Wednesday, August 24th, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
  • Monday, August 29th, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 3:00-4:30 pm EST
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September 2022

  • Monday, September 12th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
  • Tuesday, September 13th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
  • Wednesday, September 14th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
  • Monday, September 26th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
  • Tuesday, September 27th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
  • Wednesday, September 28th, 9:00-10:30 AM EST
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Instructor: Kelli Johnson

About the instructor:
Kelli Johnson is the Director of Community Education and Engagement at The Reading League. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and, after 9 years, began teaching (under)graduate courses and supervising student teachers at Syracuse University. Kelli also served as an Elementary Literacy Specialist for a federally funded research project and as an independent consultant for public and private schools in Central and Northern New York. Kelli received her degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo and graduated from Syracuse University with an M.S. in Learning Disabilities, where she studied under Dr. Benita Blachman.

Course Details:

  • All sessions are LIVE in Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Reading League has a No Refund Policy for our events and courses. All sales are final. If you do need to cancel, we will push your registration fee to a future course.
  • These sessions will not be recorded due to copyright and privacy issues. If you will miss a session, please contact the instructor to discuss the circumstances and a possible plan.


of attendees surveyed thought our Introduction to Basic Reading Instruction course was worth the investment!

The Reading League Intro to Reading Instruction provided excellent information about the six syllable types, how brains learn to read, pitfalls of balanced literacy, and what to do to support your student at school or at home based on the science of reading. I appreciated that the course was not watered down for non-educators. Highly worth the time!!
Bonnie D., Parent

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