Online Elementary Reading Academy

Asynchronous modules and live facilitated sessions


New course starts January 18.

Course Overview

Rooted in the Science of Reading and CORE’s acclaimed Teaching Reading Sourcebook, CORE’s Elementary Reading Academy is an asynchronous, online course covering the five critical components of reading instruction, equipping educators to teach all students, including multilingual learners and those with word reading difficulties, to be strong readers.

CORE Elementary Reading Academy Outcomes:

  • Deliver standards-aligned and evidence-based reading instruction
  • Articulate the research on reading instruction and link research to practice
  • Identify and use techniques to support academic language development for multilingual learners
  • Understand how to use informal diagnostic measures of phonological awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension as a basis for instructional decisions

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If you would like to register more than 20 people for an upcoming session or would like to offer a custom cohort of the Online Elementary Reading Academy to your staff, please contact A custom cohort requires a minimum of 20 participants. You can choose your own course dates.

If you are a Colorado Early Literacy Grantee, do not register here. Please contact Dale Webster at to register for the CDE approved course.

“This class has been a goldmine for me. It is a big part of the missing link on how I was going to work with my K-6 teachers on aligning our ELA assessments for our students. My teachers were using similar, but different tools. We are now all on the same page.”

Elementary Principal

Kennewick School District, Washington

“This course was incredibly informative, and extremely powerful in terms of providing me with the knowledge to directly impact student learning. The process of reading is so complex; as educators it is critical that we have a thorough understanding of its components, the relationship between them, as well as effective ways to assess progress, gaps, and instructional effectiveness.”

Kindergarten Teacher

Kennewick School District, Washington

“I thought this course was well laid out and very practical. I love the discussions, videos, classwork and the books. I think it will greatly impact my teaching, especially with the assessments. I feel that they are well laid out and then the [Teaching Reading] Sourcebook gave me many strategies on what to do after I’ve assessed the child.”

Intervention Teacher

Lake Elsinore Unified School District, California

This course is for individuals or teams of elementary educators who want to learn effective standards-aligned and scientifically research-based reading practices for all learners. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with an Internet connection and proficiency with email and current Internet browsers.

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

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the research on the essential components of reading instruction
  • Gain clear and explicit models of instruction immediately applicable to the classroom
  • Identify the best practices and explicit methods to develop phonemic awareness, phonics and irregular and multisyllabic word knowledge, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and literary and informational text knowledge
  • Understand the structure of the English and Spanish language system
  • Identify and use techniques to support academic language development for multilingual learners
  • Understand how to use informal diagnostic measures of phonological awareness, decoding, fluency vocabulary and comprehension as a basis for instructional decisions

Course fees are $650 per participant and may be eligible for CARES Act funding to overcome learning loss. Fees include the acclaimed Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures textbooks and all other course materials. An additional $50 will be added to the registration fees for all individuals with shipping addresses in Alaska or Hawaii.


Class section minimum of 20, not to exceed 30.

If you would like to host your own district-specific cohort of 20 or more people, please contact With a custom cohort, you will choose your own dates and the length of the course. You will also receive a dedicated instructor.

Participants may receive three (3) graduate level semester extension units for an additional cost of $327. 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. Participants may register and pay for these units once the course has started.

A full refund of registration fees is available if cancelled 30 days or more prior to the course start date. A 50% refund available if less than 30 days but more than 14 days prior to course start date.


Contact to cancel a registration 14 or more days prior to course start date.


No refunds are available 13 days or less prior to course start date or anytime on or after course start date.

Interested in CORE's in-person Elementary Reading Academy?

CORE’s Elementary Reading Academy offers educators fundamental knowledge in effective standards-aligned and evidence-based reading practices based on the science of reading.