Structured Literacy Training for Teachers

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CLICK HERE for IDA accredited training programs and opportunities (including free webinars!

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), a subsidiary organization of IDA, offers professional certificates and certifications to qualified individuals teaching and supporting reading in public and private general, remedial, and special education settings.

These certificates and certifications include:


CLICK HERE to find a Structured Literacy professional that offers training in your area.

CLICK HERE for Canadian trainers:

CLICK HERE to find Accredited University Programs and/or Teacher Training Programs

CLICK HERE to learn about Online Courses.
  • one of the BEST places to start to build knowledge

  • very in-depth and thorough

  • for independent teachers, their online training consists of 8 units, 16 hours per unit = 128 hours (approx. $395US) 

  • accredited by the International Dyslexia Assn

  • I have not taken this training yet, however have heard EXCELLENT feedback from those that have

  • the author is one of the most prominent researchers in the field - Dr. Louisa Moats.

  • note that practicum is equally important, and certification depends on hours of practicum

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  • For $25US/month, you have access to 10 online video modules (tools) that cover everything thoroughly, but simply - they are very FUN & easy to understand!

  • accredited by the International Dyslexia Assn

  • Dr. Deb Glaser is very personable and easy to listen to (note that you can increase the speed of the videos by going to settings in each video). She is very dedicated, easy-going, and approachable,

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  • CLICK HERE to find out more about their PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • accredited by the International Dyslexia Assn

  • very thorough and comprehensive training


  • training is expensive, but I am sure well worth it


ACCREDITED by both IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association). 

CLICK HERE for a link to training that is also offered ONLINE.

CLICK HERE or go to YouTube to view several FREE webinars from Kendore. This is a very informative FREE webinar about sight words and orthographic mapping.

FREE SIGHT WORD STRATEGIES & ORTHOGRAPHIC MAPPING webinar.                        *Start at minute 4:20

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  • Founder Dr. Marnie Ginsberg has OVER 150 VIDEOS in which she explains simple ways that we can implement more explicit and systematic reading strategies into our classroom reading programs.

  • Join the Reading Simplified Academy to go through a series of online modules. ​She also does FREE LIVE WORKSHOPS via Facebook almost every Tuesday evening at 8:00pm (EST). Videos are posted on Facebook as well.

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  • Keys to Literacy offers an array of training - not just about phonemic awareness and phonics

  • CLICK HERE for Keys to Beginning Reading training.

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  • CLICK HERE for a link to FREE assessments and resources. 

  • They offer professional development, and although I have not used Heggerty myself, I have heard good things about this program.

  • I am not a fan of how they teach certain things, but overall, it is worth checking out - especially the assessments!


Structured Literacy in Kindergarten?

Watch this webinar (courtesy of ONBIDA - the Ontario branch of the IDA) to hear Emily Moorehead (K teacher near Kingston, ON) explain practical strategies for implementing Structured Literacy in play-based and inquiry-based Kindergarten classrooms. Emily has done 3 workshops for ONBIDA - all excellent! And FREE! 

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This is my company, and I offer regular/ongoing INTRO to Orton-Gillingham-based Structured Literacy courses (8-hour intensives) to help educators gain and overview of these approaches, including many practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. I also provide consultations with administrators, teachers, and families.


CLICK HERE for more information.

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  • CLICK HERE for a link to webinars, workshops, coaching, and an extremely informative (and busy!) listserv


I have not used Lexia, but have heard some good things about this company, which provides digital learning resources. 

CLICK HERE for a link. 

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I received my training from the Scottish Rite Learning Centre in Barrie, Ontario under the supervision of Evelyn Reiss, Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

When I was in my training, I had the great pleasure of taking a course in advanced morphology from Ron Yoshimoto, also a fellow of the Academy. It was outstanding. I can only imagine what I would learn in 5 days.

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I received my training from the Scottish Rite Learning Centre in Barrie, Ontario under the supervision of Evelyn Reiss, Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Click Here to learn more about training and certification.


Orton-Gillingham and Structured Literacy training and certification for teachers is available at through the Canadian Dyslexia Society with Evelyn Reiss, Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. This is where I got my certification! I am in the picture on this page - second from the left ;)

See Claremont School above for training opportunities as well.


This is where I started my Orton-Gillingham training. The Scottish Rite Learning Centres for Children offer FREE tutoring for children who have been diagnosed with dyslexia-related learning disabilities. The centres are run by volunteers, and they are always looking for volunteer tutors, so if you would like to volunteer at one of these centres, it is a great way to receive Orton-Gillingham training. They have nine centres across Canada.

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FREE series of webinars from prominent experts in this field. I have viewed several of these webinars and learned so much. 


Tel: 705-309-7745


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