CORE Learning + The Third Quest

A Tier 2 and 3 intervention for adolescent striving readers.

CORE Learning has partnered with Ancora Publishing to deliver professional learning on The Third Quest, a highly effective, comprehensive reading intervention for middle and high school students who need additional support with reading. This partnership builds on Ancora Publishing’s dedication to helping schools create safe and supportive foundational environments where all students can thrive and CORE’s long-term commitment to implementation support services that help customers build their own capacity for effective instruction by laying a foundation of evidence-based knowledge, supporting the use of proven tools, and developing leadership. Students receive daily instruction in vocabulary, word study (phonics), content knowledge, comprehension, and fluency.

Watch this short overview of The Third Quest and CORE’s support services featuring Marilyn Sprick, the author of The Third Quest.

CORE’s Professional Learning Offerings for The Third Quest

CORE works with districts and schools who have adopted The Third Quest to provide training and job-embedded professional learning that helps educators build pedagogical knowledge and master the program routines and practices necessary to ensure effective implementation.

Initial The Third Quest Training (1.5- or 2-day training)

Follow-up Training Options (90-minute sessions):

  • Training for Administrators: How to Provide Support for a Third Quest Intervention
  • Follow-up Training: Implementing with Fidelity
  • Follow-up Training: Teaching Coaches to Help Teachers with Fidelity of Implementation
  • Follow-up Training: Progress Monitoring and Enhanced Effectiveness

Site Support:

  • Systems Level Collaborative Planning and Support
  • Classroom Teacher Coaching
  • Coach Support and Capacity Building
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Data Study

If you have purchased The Third Quest materials and are ready for training or follow-up site support, please complete the form below or call 888.249.6155.

Get in touch

Contact CORE to learn more about we can provide training and support for The Third Quest. 


Schools and districts who purchase The Third Quest from Ancora Publishing can request professional learning services by filling out a form below.

CORE can provide training and support remotely, especially important during this time of social distancing, or onsite at your location once schools reopen. See the results that can be obtained when CORE consultants provide not only initial training but ongoing support for full implementation.

  • A professional learning organization with over 25 years of experience improving the literacy achievement of students across the nation by equipping teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills to be highly effective and to ensure equitable learning
  • Thorough knowledge of core and intervention curricula with emphasis on The Third Quest
  • Strong grounding in the use of data to identify student learning needs and to target teacher support
  • A long history implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)
  • A proven record of leadership and teacher development focusing on job-embedded coaching and mentoring
  • Impeccable collaboration and facilitation skills
  • Expertise in the science of reading.  In fact, CORE’s Online Elementary Reading Academy is approved in many states to teach educators the science of reading

For more information about CORE’s services or to request training and support for The Third Quest, please complete the form below.

Meet Our Literacy Experts

Fineé E. Taylor

Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Dr. Fineé E. Taylor has been an educational consultant for over 15 years and taught a range of elementary grades, served as an instructional coach, worked as an associate reading professor, and served as a Pre-K and Elementary Curriculum Supervisor.

Cris Goldy
Cris Goldy

Director, Education Services | CORE Learning

Cris Goldy is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. Cris provides services to schools, districts and agencies to support effective program implementation, multi-tiered systems of support, special education and special programs support, strategic improvement plans, instructional leadership, teacher development, training and coaching. Her specialties are administrative leadership, K-2 literacy, interventions and special education.

Dr. Dale Webster
Dale Webster

Vice President of Language & Literacy | CORE Learning

Dale Webster is CORE’s Vice President of Language & Literacy. He leads the Educational Services division and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, training, and quality control of CORE’s educational consulting and management staff. Dale brings 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development/technical assistance, research, state-level policy work and administration, and curriculum development to schools and districts across the country.

Garla L. Jalloh

Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Garla Jalloh is an Educational Services Manager who specializes in secondary literacy. She finds great joy and fulfillment in supporting and building capacity in middle and high school educators so that they are equipped to provide equitable learning environments for their students, with a focus on literacy.

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck
Carrie Thomas Beck

Director of Literacy | CORE Learning

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She comes to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Carrie has led the development of a reading endorsement program at the university and spent five years at the university co-directing the Oregon Reading First Center, a federally funded center that partnered with ODE to provide technical support in the area of early literacy to fifty elementary schools throughout the state of Oregon.

Kristina Arcuri

M.A. Ed., Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Kristina Arcuri is an Educational Services Manager with CORE Learning. She is a former superintendent with 24 years of experience in the education sector, focused on driving growth and improving test scores by recruiting and maintaining high-quality staff. She is a decisive leader and analytical problem-solver with a solid track record of success.

Erica Hidalgo
Erica Hidalgo

Senior Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Erica Hidalgo is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. She was a classroom teacher in both Texas and New Mexico before serving as an elementary school principal and curriculum director. Prior to working with CORE, Erica served as a curriculum director where she planned and coordinated ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers in both large urban and mid-sized rural school districts.

Thomas Acampora

Director of Education Programs | Pivot Learning

Thomas Acampora has over 15 years of experience working in and with schools to improve outcomes for students. He has led teams of educational professionals that worked with middle and high schools to improve graduation rates by creating powerful and nimble systems of student support, including small learning communities, early warning systems, positive behavior supports and restorative practices. He has managed and oversaw successful transformation plans that include a wide variety of partners and efforts at multiple schools across the country, ensuring coherent, effective, and sustained school improvement in the ABCs (Attendance, Behavior, Course Performance).

Get in touch

Contact CORE to learn more about our professional learning offerings for The Third Quest.