Professional Development

If you are an educator new to learning about scientifically-based reading recognize you are not alone. This section helps contextualize issues surrounding common literacy practices. The current discussions surrounding literacy practices are not attacks on teachers, the current discussions are calling into question reading pedagogy that does not align with a substantial body of research about how a child's brain learns to read. Educators want all students to be successful readers, but there are many misconceptions about how children learn to read that must be corrected. This page contains webinars, podcasts, and virtual conferences to assist your learning journey and we encourage teachers to read the resources on our Scientifically-Based Reading page to explore videos, articles, and research as they relate to the Simple View of Reading. Emily Hanford's reporting is a good entry point to contextualize the need to reform early literacy curriculum and pedagogy. Learning about the science of reading helps remove barriers that prevent many marginalized students from succeeding. Please share our resources with your school and colleagues.

  1. Read the following article Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science written by Dr. Louisa Moats

  2. Read the article Identifying and Teaching Students with Significant Reading Problems

  3. Listen to the audio documentaries by Emily Hanford (posted below). What ideas caused you to pause and reflect? What ideas did you agree with? What ideas need further exploration?

  4. Explore the resource links

  5. Bring these resources back to your school and discuss with your administrators, teams, or PLCs. Host a formal or informal book study (Suggested Readings: Speech to Print, Language at the Speed of Sight, The Reading Comprehension Blueprint, Conquering Dyslexia).

  6. Consider joining the FB Group The Science of Reading What I Should Have Learned in College or the Rhode Island PLN RISOR. Rhode Island educators are welcome to join our efforts to advance evidence-based reading, click the Meetings & Events tab for more information.

Scientifically-Based Reading PD

Virtual Conferences

PaTTAN Literacy Symposium 2020


Scientifically-Based Reading Webinars

Dyslexia Webinars and Videos

Introduction to Dyslexia by Dr. Tim Odegard from The Center for Dyslexia MTSU. This is an excellent entry point for teachers.


Book Recommendations from the Reading League


The Reading League Recommended Book List

  • Equipped for Reading Success (2016) Book by David KilpatrickFind Here

  • Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs TeachingFind on Amazon

  • Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading: Preparing Teachers for a Changing WorldFind on Amazon

  • Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About ItFind on Amazon

  • Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)Find here

  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading BrainFind on Amazon

  • The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars Have Hijacked Reading Instruction-And What We Can Do about ItFind on Amazon

  • Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We ReadFind on Amazon

  • Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about PrintFind on Amazon

  • The Science of Reading: A HandbookFind on Amazon

  • Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A Guide for Parents and ProfessionalsFind on Amazon

  • Learning to Read: The Great Debate by Chall Jeanne S. (1995-06-01) HardcoverFind on Amazon

  • Overcoming Dyslexia (2020 Edition): Second Edition, Completely Revised and UpdatedFind on Amazon

  • Teaching Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, OWL LD, and DyscalculiaFind on Amazon

  • Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Third EditionFind Here

  • Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers Third Edition, New editionFind Here

  • Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital WorldFind on Amazon

  • Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and CognitionFind on Amazon

  • Language for Life, by Lyn StoneFind Here

  • Reading for Life, by Lyn StoneFind Here

  • Spelling for Life, by Lyn StoneFind Here

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