CORE Reading Fundamentals

An Approved Course for Mass Literacy: Open Access Professional Learning (OAPL)

Learn the Foundational Concepts of the Science of Reading

CORE’s Reading Fundamentals is a synchronous, interactive online course that addresses the science of reading and foundational concepts aligned with the MA Literacy Standards. Through this course, participants will have opportunities to collaborate with peers and put their learning into practice. Participants will learn about:

  • Phonological awareness, phonics, and decoding
  • Multisyllabic word reading and fluency
  • Vocabulary and comprehension, with an emphasis on strategies that help students understand either narrative or informational text

CORE’s Reading Fundamentals course is an approved course for Mass Literacy Open Access Professional Development (OAPL) and is available to Massachusetts educators at no cost. Eligible educators will receive a $720 stipend upon successfully completing the course by June 30, 2022.

Registration is now closed.

June 27–30, 2022 Cohort

Four, 4.5-Hour Sessions
8:30 AM–2:00 PM ET

To determine if you are in an Early Access District, please visit the Mass Literacy: OAPL site and look under Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact with any questions about the course, eligibility, or registration.

Course Eligibility

  • Current MA PreK–3 public and charter school teachers and administrators whose work relates to literacy, including general education teachers, special education teachers, ESL or language support teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, literacy coaches, and other school or district administrators
  • MA higher-education faculty or administrators in accredited institutions whose work relates to early literacy, including faculty who teach literacy education courses and deans in educator preparation programs.

Course Stipend

  • Participants will receive the stipend of $720 once all course requirements have been met, Massachusetts DESE has confirmed your completion, and Massachusetts DESE has distributed stipend funds to CORE to be passed on to you.
  • Participants will need to complete a W-9 form and ACH Authorization form before starting the course. CORE will direct deposit your stipend within 30 days of receiving funds from Massachusetts DESE and will send a 1099 form to state and federal tax agencies. The 1099 form is a record indicating that you received the stipend payment.
  • No stipends will be paid for incomplete courses.

Completion Requirements

In order to receive a stipend, participants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete DESE’s Pre- and Post-Knowledge Assessment.
  • Score 80% or above on the end-of-course exam.
  • Complete the full online course by June 30, 2022.
  • Course make-ups are only available for those registered in the April 26 and April 30, 2022 cohorts. If you are in the June 27–30, 2022 cohort you will not be eligible for a course make-up.

Cancellation policy

CORE accepts course cancellations three weeks or more prior to the course start date. Contact to cancel a registration.

Provided materials

CORE’s Teaching Reading Sourcebook; Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures; and Participant Resource Guide will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.