Thursday, October 11 | 4:00 – 5:00p.m. ET


In October 2016 Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 to ensure that all students are reading at benchmark by the end of 3rd grade. However, long before the Michigan reading law was passed, Lake Orion Community Schools was already working hard to improve instructional practices and increase reading achievement across the district. Not only have reading scores improved, but the district’s early literacy intervention program has received international recognition.

Join Lake Orion’s Tamura Oberle, Educational Leadership and Teacher Consultant, and Jillian Knapp, School Psychologist, Special Education Coach and District Data Specialist, for this hour-long webinar as they:

Linda Diamond, author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, will join the Lake Orion team who will also discuss how these professional books have helped shape the district’s reading instruction.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how another district is tackling the challenge of ensuring all students, including English learners and those with disabilities, have strong reading skills.

CORE’s Chief Academic Officer, Dale Webster, will be speaking at an upcoming workshop co-sponsored by CORE and the Collaborative Classroom. Join us for a one-day workshop to experience Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS) and learn about the new dyslexia enhancements.


When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 8:30 – 3:30pm PT

Where: Mendocino County Office of Education, 2240 Old River Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Who Should Attend: K-12 administrators, ELA coaches, and teachers who are interested in learning about SIPPS and dyslexia, as well as current SIPPS users.


$100 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

The end of the school year is upon us! We hope that you have had a productive school year and feel proud of the learning that your students have accomplished.

In this edition’s Reading Expert column, we tackle some misconceptions about dyslexia that still are pervasive among educators.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we address the importance of developing mathematical fluency and number sense together.

And finally, in the Leadership Corner, we discuss and provide resources related to the importance of a coherent, evidence-based, and standards-aligned curriculum for both literacy and mathematics.

Happy reading!


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The nationally-acclaimed CORE Reading Academy is online! The next course starts September 27, 2018.

Take the 7-session course on your own time at your pace over 7 weeks. CORE Senior Instructors facilitate the course, which combines interactive video models, collaborative discussions, readings, live webinars, screencasts, and the opportunity to earn graduate college credit. Collaborate in an intellectual community as you reflect on a range of new ideas and consider the implications of these new ideas for your practice as educators.


One in five students has a language-based learning disability, the most common of which is dyslexia. 37 states now have laws on dyslexia and more have legislation in the works. With so much focus on dyslexia, teachers must be knowledgeable about how to screen for, identify and support students with dyslexia.

This recorded webinar provides a foundation for addressing dyslexia in your district. Dr. Louisa Moats, President of Moats Associates Consulting, Inc., and Dr. Dale Webster, Chief Academic Officer for CORE, review:


Complete the form below to watch the webinar.

Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

Spring is in the air! We at CORE hope that your school year has gone well and the upcoming testing period and the end of the school year (fast approaching) will go smoothly.

In this issue of the Academic Quarterly, in the Reading Expert section, we clarify the differences between screening and evaluation of dyslexia.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we continue our Part 1 article from the Fall 2017 edition of the Academic Quarterly to correlate the practices recommended in Visible Learning in Mathematics with the recommendations in the IES Practice Guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning.

In the Leadership Corner, we feature a new national literacy center that is full of resources for schools and families.

Happy reading!


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The Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a CORE partner organization, is hosting several upcoming workshops and webinars.


Being Literate: Readers and Writers Thinking, Talking, and Creating in Today’s K-6 Classrooms

Date & Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central Time

Location: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Avenue, AppletonWI 54911

Cost: $40, includes program, materials, breakfast and lunch.

This day of professional learning is designed for K-6 administrators, literacy coaches, and teachers.



Best Practices for Our Youngest Readers (K-2)

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 11-12, 2018; 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Easter Time

Location: Battelle for Kids, 4525 Trueman Blvd., HilliardOH 43026

Cost: $15 per person for SOAR Member Districts. $75 per person for non-SOAR Districts. Includes the workshop, materials and lunch.

This workshop is designed to support K-2 teachers, administrators, and literacy leaders who are working to improve reading instruction and motivate students in their development as readers.



For a complete list of Collaborative Classroom workshops and webinars, visit their Events page.

CORE is a proud sponsor of these upcoming conferences produced by Data-Based Conferences.

Register online at Data-Based Conferences. To get the $25 CORE Client discount code, contact

Doubling Down on MTSS and RTI Success: Lessons Learned in Getting to the Next Level of Research-Based Practices. Naperville, Illinois. May 21-22, 2018.



The 2017 Supreme Court Ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 re-affirmed that special education can, and should, deliver more to students with disabilities. The way to achieve improved outcomes is with fewer but better IEP goals and progress monitoring. Unfortunately, IEP goals have become a procedural compliance process disconnected from intervention intensity that doesn’t lead to the kind of progress monitoring that has been shown to be among the most powerful tools in an educator’s toolbox.

During this one-hour webinar conducted by Dr. Mark Shinn you will learn:


CORE will be delivering two presentations at CABE 2018, March 28-31, in Sacramento, California. And be sure to visit us at Booth 223!

CORE’s President, Linda Diamond, and our Senior Adolescent Literacy Coordinator, Lauren Greenberg, will deliver, “Scaffolding Complex Text for English Learners,” on Thursday, March 29, at 1:30pm.


Lauren Greenberg, our Senior Adolescent Literacy Coordinator, will deliver, “Tech-Based Tools and Resources for Vocabulary Development,” on Wednesday, March 28, at 1:00pm.