Elementary Reading Academy

Levels: K–6

Length: 5 days (optional 6th day)

Audience: District and site administrators and teacher leader teams, with coaches as determined by the client


The CORE Elementary Reading Academy offers educators fundamental knowledge in effective CCSS-aligned and research-based reading practices for all learners. The Academy also applies these practices to research-based textbook series. By taking all five topical sessions, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the critical components for effective reading instruction. See how the CORE Elementary Reading Academy aligns with the CCSS. (PDF download)

NOTE: Sessions 3, 4, 5, and 6 may be taken separately. Sessions 1 and 2 must be taken together.

Participant Outcomes

  • Identify the CCSS alignment to research-based reading instruction
  • Articulate the research on the particular essential components of reading instruction and link research to practice.
  • Gain clear and explicit models of instructional routines.
  • Practice using instructional routines specific to the particular topic.

Session Descriptions

Day 1: Overview, Linguistics, and Early Literacy

This session provides an overview of the scientific research on teaching reading, including basic linguistics, phonic elements, and print awareness and letter knowledge. (This session may not be taken separately; it must be combined with session 2.)

Day 2: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

During this session, participants learn how to develop phonemic awareness as well as explicit, systematic phonics instruction, including effective corrective feedback and various forms of blending, and the application to decodable text. (This session may not be taken separately; it must be combined with session 1.)

Day 3: Multisyllabic Words and Fluency

This session addresses the techniques that help students transition from reading single-syllable words to reading multisyllabic words. In addition, participants learn effective techniques to foster reading fluency: accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.

Day 4: Vocabulary

This session focuses on vocabulary development. Participants study word-learning strategies and specific word instruction, and experience active ways to promote “word consciousness.” The needs of English learners are addressed.

Day 5: Comprehension

This session focuses on the different ways to assist students to access both narrative and informational texts. Specific reading skills and strategies—including questioning, graphic organizers, and monitoring techniques—are presented using explicit instruction, with hands-on lesson models and practice.

Day 6: Reading Assessment for Effective Instruction (Optional)

This session guides participants through Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures and also lays out the basic principles and purposes of different types of assessments and what a comprehensive assessment blueprint looks like within the context of a three-tier system.