Colorado Department of Education

Approved Colorado READ Act Professional Development

K–3 Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading

The Colorado READ Act requires that all kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading by the 2021–22 school year. CORE’s K–3 Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading has just been approved by the Colorado Department of Education to meet this requirement for professional development under the Colorado READ Act.

The approved training includes:

  • CORE’s On-Site or Online Elementary Reading Academy that teaches educators the critical components of reading and effective instructional practices, based on the science of reading.
  • CORE’s Language Conventions and Writing Fundamentals Workshop that deepens teachers’ knowledge of the structure of English and provides effective practices to teach writing to both primary- and upper-grade elementary students, from basic sentence construction to longer compositions.

Participants in CORE’s Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading courses will receive the nationally acclaimed textbooks Teaching Reading Sourcebook (view a sample) and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures (view a sample).

Training is available online or in-person.

Fill out the form or call 619.405.9973 to speak with CORE about bringing our Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading to your district.

SUMMARY OF TRAINING OPTIONS

Online Evidence-Based Training

CORE’s online professional development series for Colorado educators includes two components:

  1. Online Elementary Reading Academy (seven asynchronous modules that are 5–6 hours each + two 1–hour synchronous online meetings to be completed over a series of 7 to 10 weeks); and
  2. Language Conventions & Writing Fundamentals (eight 75–90 minute synchronous online sessions).

Download the summary from the Colorado Department of Education.

Online Elementary Reading Academy

Educators will learn the essential components of reading and effective instructional practices, based on the science of reading, to teach all learners to be strong readers. The course includes clear and explicit lesson models immediately applicable to the classroom.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Identify the five essential components of evidence-based reading instruction.
  • Understand the definition of dyslexia, common warning signs by grade level, and evidence-based instructional practices and accommodations to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.
  • Describe how to provide explicit instruction in phonological and phonemic awareness.
  • Identify how instruction in phonics and irregular word reading contributes to automatic word reading.
  • Explain how to provide explicit instruction in multisyllabic word reading.
  • Describe the relationship between reading fluency and text comprehension.
  • Understand the importance of vocabulary knowledge to reading comprehension.
  • Understand the factors that contribute to and affect reading comprehension.
  • Learn the structures of literary and informational text and how to use that knowledge to improve comprehension.
  • Become familiar with the content and administration of assessments in phonological awareness, decoding and word attack, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Understand how to use reading assessments as a basis for instructional decision making.

The course is divided into seven modules that can be taken over 7 weeks or extended to 10 weeks based on participant pace.

Language Conventions and Writing Fundamentals

This eight-session synchronous online workshop provides teachers with the knowledge and practices for teaching language conventions and writing to both primary- and upper-grade elementary students, from basic sentence construction through longer compositions.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with effective practices in writing instruction.
  • Understand the differences between modern and traditional grammar.
  • Understand the structure of English sentences and how to teach the sentence at a level of complexity appropriate for elementary students.
  • Become familiar with expository text structures.
  • Learn how to teach paragraph writing.
  • Understand the structure and organization of longer compositions and selected essay types.

Course Schedule Options

  • Two 75–90-minute sessions per day for a total of 4 days
  • One 75–90-minute session per day for 8 days
  • A combination of the two options above (4–8 days)

Face-to-Face Evidence-Based Training

CORE’s professional development series for Colorado educators includes two components:

  1. Elementary Reading Academy (6 days); and
  2. Language Conventions & Writing Fundamentals (2 days)

Download the summary from the Colorado Department of Education.

Elementary Reading Academy

The Elementary Reading Academy offers educators fundamental knowledge in effective standards-aligned and evidence-based reading practices for all learners. The Academy also applies these practices to evidence-based textbook series. By taking all six topical sessions, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the critical components for effective reading instruction and assessment, based on the science of reading.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Identify the standards alignment to evidence-based reading instruction
  • Articulate the research on the 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 topic.
  • Understand basic principles and purposes of different types of assessments and what a comprehensive assessment blueprint looks like within the context of a three-tiered system.

Language Conventions and Writing Fundamentals Workshop

The Language Conventions and Writing Fundamentals workshop provides teachers with the knowledge and strategies for teaching language conventions and writing to both primary- and upper-grade elementary students, from basic sentence construction to longer compositions.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with effective practices in writing instruction.
  • Understand the differences between modern and traditional grammar.
  • Understand the structure of English sentences and how to teach the sentence at a level of complexity appropriate for elementary students.
  • Become familiar with expository text structures.
  • Learn how to teach paragraph writing.
  • Understand the structure and organization of longer compositions and selected essay types.

Let’s Help All Learners Become Strong Readers

Fill out the form below or call 619.405.9973 to speak with CORE to plan evidence-based training in teaching reading for your K–3 teachers this fall.