Science of Reading Resource Library

Develop your knowledge of the science of reading and how to teach all students to be strong readers.

The Science of Reading, Explained

Must-Watch Webinars

reading fundamentals workshop

Assessment and Intervention in Light of Understanding the Nature of Reading Difficulties
Speaker: Dr. David Kilpatrick

importance of phonemic awareness

Why Phonemic Proficiency is Necessary for All Readers
Speaker: Dr. David Kilpatrick

understanding word-level reading problems

Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Implications for Assessment and Effective Intervention
Speaker: Dr. David Kilpatrick

assessment for dyslexia

Assessment for Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Hosp

Reading-Science Denial and Racism's Impact on African-American Children

Casualties of War: Reading Science Denial and Racism’s Impact on African-American Children
Speaker: Kareem Weaver

Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners

Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners
Speakers: Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan & Dr. Dale Webster

Strategies for Success: Helping All Students Become Strong Readers
Speakers: Tamura Oberle & Jillian Knapp

Master the Science of Reading in CORE’s Online Elementary Reading Academy

Learn foundational skills and instructional practices grounded in the science of reading. Based on the best of CORE’s nationally acclaimed Teaching Reading Sourcebook, this facilitated seven-module asynchronous online course teaches the essential components of reading instruction with clear and explicit teaching models.

Support the Science of Reading with Structured Literacy

Structured Literacy and Typical Literacy PracticesThis science-based instructional approach combines six key elements to help all students, including those struggling with dyslexia, become skilled readers. Learn more about the components of structured literacy and compare it to other typical literacy practices used in schools in this report by Louise Spear-Swerling.

Read Up on the Science of Reading

The Biggest Threat to Our Democracy: Illiteracy and the Science-Deniers Who Contribute to It

It turns out that we know exactly why Johnny can’t read. However, instead of using the brain science and overwhelming research consensus, we’re still using strategies that reflect our own biases and theories. Keep reading >>

Is It Ever Too Late to Teach an Older Struggling Reader?

Unfortunately, there are large numbers of adolescent students in our country who cannot read proficiently. So why do we find teachers so often give up on directly addressing the reading needs of older struggling readers and focus instead solely on providing accommodations? Keep reading >>

Lucy Calkins’ Criticism of Reading First is Misinformed

Recently, there have been many responses to Lucy Calkins’ essay, “No One Gets to Own the Term, Science of Reading.” Interestingly, none address Calkins’ inaccurate attack on the Reading First initiative. Keep reading >>

Lucy Calkins on the ‘Science of Reading.’ Seriously.

I left graduate school fully convinced that this as axiomatic: The road to reading is paved on a foundation of meaning. I was wrong. Keep reading >>

“I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore”

Once again, the reading science deniers disparage those of us in the reading research community who accept the settled science on teaching reading by implying all we care about is phonics. Keep reading >>

It’s time to stop debating how to teach kids to read and follow the evidence

The debate — often called the “reading wars” — is generally framed as a battle between two distinct views. On one side are those who advocate for an intensive emphasis on phonics and on the other side are proponents of approaches that put a stronger emphasis on understanding meaning, with some sporadic phonics mixed in. Keep reading >>

Taking a Critical Look at Teachers College Units of Study

Is Lucy Calkins’ reading program, Teachers College Units of Study, an effective literacy approach for all students? A team of experts reviewed the research, and here’s what they concluded.

Professional Learning in the Science of Reading

CORE’s reading, writing and language professional learning services provide preK-12 schools with a framework to implement and ensure the consistent used of evidence-based reading and writing instructional strategies based on the science of reading. Work with CORE to build and sustain knowledge and skills through well-structured courses, coaching, modeling and mentoring. Courses and other professional learning support can be offered online or in person.

Third Party Study Finds that CORE Professional Learning Leads to Reading Gains

When SEG Measurement reviewed the reading performance of 364 third graders in classrooms with teachers who participated in CORE professional development, they found that these students achieved significantly greater growth in reading skills. Review the full report to learn more.

Third Grad Effectiveness Study

Students deserve teachers who understand the science of reading.
Here’s how we can give them what they need.

strong readers need teachers who understand the science of reading

The Textbook More Educators Trust

Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 3rd EditonCORE’s Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 3rd Edition is one of the best resources about the science of reading and reading instruction, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Our hands-on, practical guide to the five elements of effective reading instruction was one of 10 textbooks that earned an exemplary rating and was found to be used in more teacher prep courses than any other textbook in the NCTQ 2020 Teacher Prep Review report.

From the Experts at EdWeek …

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Video: How Do Children Learn to Read?

Featured Articles

Data: How Reading is Really Being Taught

New survey data shows that most K-2 teachers and education professors are using instructional methods that run counter to the cognitive science.
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The Most Popular Reading Programs Aren't Backed by Science

An analysis of the five most-used programs for early reading shows that they often diverge from evidence-based practices.
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How Do Kids Learn to Read? What the Science Says

Teaching young kids how to crack the code — teaching systematic phonics — is the most reliable way to make sure that they learn how to read words.
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A Look Inside One Classroom’s Reading Overhaul

At an Ohio elementary school, teachers who once “did their own thing” are now using structured literacy programs — and despite some initial skepticism, they say they’re seeing gains.
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Will the Science of Reading Catch On in Teacher Prep?

Many teachers leave preservice training without clarity on what the cognitive science says about how students learn to read.
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