Get ready to help your fragile readers in grades 5–12 achieve success this school year by learning how to use The Third Quest, a comprehensive reading intervention for students in grades 5–12. We at CORE are so impressed at the effectiveness of this Tier 2 and 3 intervention that we have partnered with its author, Marilyn Sprick, to provide training and support.


If your school or district has purchased The Third Quest, you’re invited to join CORE for this three-day virtual, live workshop for a deep dive into using the program.


California Readin’ – With the Right Teaching, Every Student Reading Isn’t a Dream

Webinar: Monday, July 26, 2021 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT


CORE’s President, Robert Sheffield, will moderate a panel of California’s five leading practitioners who have been working to provide our students with high-quality curriculum and instruction to support strong reading. In partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), this panel of experts will share best practices and real-world success stories happening across California districts in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Pajaro Valley, which can be applied to your district or school’s context.


Enhance your practice with CORE’s 2021-22 free professional learning webinar series. From word problems and evidence-based practices in reading instruction to culturally responsive teaching, our webinars are a convenient and free way to build your knowledge. Watch them on your own or as part of your PLC. Everyone is welcome!


As an educator on the front lines you know all too well the struggle and frustration teachers and students face to close gaps in reading in the upper grades. With 30% of 12th graders scoring below basic on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Assessment, there is a great need to provide effective intervention for adolescents who struggle to succeed due to poor reading skills.

The Third Quest comprehensive reading intervention improves students’ reading skills, confidence, and engagement. During this on-demand webinar program author Marilyn Sprick discusses:



We are excited to share that Robert Sheffield will be joining our team as the incoming President of the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE). Robert shares our commitment to improving outcomes for historically underserved students. He has devoted his career to building the skills of educators to improve student academic outcomes through his time as an executive at WestEd and the College Board, and as a district leader and classroom teacher. We are confident Robert will build on Linda Diamond’s legacy as CORE’s co-founder and past President, as well as CORE’s work nationally to promote the science of reading instruction and transform professional learning for educators.

“We are thrilled to have Robert join CORE as its new President. Robert’s leadership will enable CORE to grow its reach and impact to improve teaching and learning in the districts and schools serving our nation’s most vulnerable students,” said Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning.   (more…)

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regularly convenes reading experts to review every textbook used by teacher preparation programs in their required reading coursework. The Teaching Reading Sourcebook was listed in 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 10 textbooks that comprehensively and rigorously cover the scientific basis and instructional elements of the five essential components of effective reading instruction. Additionally, the report found that the Teaching Reading Sourcebook is used by more teacher prep programs than any other textbook in the top 10 ranking.

Now, NCTQ is making their textbook reviews available to the public in a new reading textbook database. More than 900 textbooks have been reviewed and rated as Exemplary, Acceptable or Unacceptable. The Teaching Reading Sourcebook is rated Exemplary.

Learn more about the Teaching Reading Sourcebook and download a sampler of the textbook.

Do you have a truly intensive intervention of sufficient time and duration? Are the adolescents in your intensive reading intervention programs not making significant gains in their reading abilities? Linda Diamond — author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook — shares what’s needed to ensure students with low reading skills benefit and eventually exit from intensive intervention programs.


Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert shares recommended practices to leverage Tier 1 reading instruction to address COVID-related learning losses.

The Marvelous Mathematician provides recommendations for how to identify and prioritize unfinished learning needs so all students build their mathematical proficiency.

Finally, in the Leadership Corner you’ll find a summary of The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) recently published Intensifying Literacy Instruction: Essential Practices guide.


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Dr. Dale WebsterOn Tuesday, April 20, 2021, CORE’s Chief Academic Officer, Dale Webster, will join over 100 other reading scholars for the Building Consensus: Aligning Reading Research with Practice Forum hosted by Purdue University.

The goal of the forum is to center on what is currently known about reading development —and effective instruction— in the hope that commonalities across a range of fields can be highlighted. Another aim of the discussion is to craft a statement about reading development that could be presented to audiences outside the university, in particular to legislators and the media, but also to key stakeholders such as K–12 school leaders and parents. The statement would summarize current research and present ways to develop reading, writing and language through effective instruction and best practices.

More than a year of disruptions to learning has led to an increase in the number of students reading below grade level. In order to accelerate learning recovery, educators need faster and more efficient ways to understand students’ current phonics skills and determine specifically what to teach to get them back on track.

KeyPhonics is just what is needed. Watch this on-demand webinar for a guided tour of this comprehensive, technology-based phonics assessment that measures the 12 most critical phonics patterns, including 102 foundational phonics skills. Dr. Michelle Hosp, a Scientific Advisor for KeyPhonics, shares: (more…)