CORE Online Elementary Reading Academy

Experience the Online Elementary Reading Academy

Each session of this flexible, facilitated online course features:

  • Quality instruction adapted from two nationally acclaimed textbooks
  • In-depth content focused on the foundations of evidence-based reading instruction
  • Clear and actionable model lessons showing effective teaching in action
  • Engaging and interactive learning aligned to teaching standards
  • Chances to connect and collaborate with colleagues and skilled instructors
  • Opportunities to earn graduate credit

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Online Elementary Reading Academy FAQs

What is the Online Elementary Reading Academy?

The Online Elementary Reading Academy takes the best of CORE’s nationally acclaimed textbooks, Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, and packages them into a facilitated, seven-session, asynchronous online course. The course teaches educators the essential components of reading instruction, based on the science of reading, with clear and explicit models immediately applicable in the classroom.

Who should attend the Online Elementary Reading Academy?

This course was developed specifically for:

  • Teachers and specialists
  • Principals/assistant principals
  • Reading instructional coaches
  • Pre-service teachers or classes

What can I expect to learn in the Online Elementary Reading Academy?

The Online Elementary Reading Academy consists of seven sessions completed over 10 weeks. Complete each session on your own time, when it’s most convenient to you. Sessions cover specific skills and instructional strategies educators can apply to help all students set strong foundations for reading success. Specific topics discussed include:   

  1. Session 1 – Orientation
  2. Session 2 – The Structure of Language
  3. Session 3 – Phonemic Awareness, Explicit Phonics Instruction and Irregular Word Reading
  4. Session 4 – Multisyllabic Word Reading and Fluency
  5. Session 5 – Vocabulary
  6. Session 6 – Comprehension
  7. Session 7 – Reading Assessment for Effective Instruction

Download the syllabus.

What is the cost for attending OERA?

The cost for attendance is $500 per participant and fees include all materials, including the nationally recognized textbooks Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures.

There is a class section minimum of 12, not to exceed 30. For group discounts, please contact Mark Simmons at

Additional fees apply to educators earning college credit and vary depending on the type of credit earned.

Participants may receive 3 graduate-level semester extension units for an additional cost of $285. These units are typically used for salary advancement. There are no additional requirements beyond successful completion of the course for a total of 45 hours.

Or, participants may receive 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $650. Requirements include successful completion of the course and completion of additional assignments for a total of 135 hours.