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Curious about how to Make Small Changes Right Away?

CLICK HERE for a Brief Intro to the Science of Reading video, and other FREE documents and presentations that you can share with colleagues. Dr. Stollar has a straight-to-the-point way of explaining Science of Reading topics in simple and easy to understand terms.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW Stephanie Stollar's videos.

Curious about the difference between "research-based" and "evidence-based"?


In this webinar, Dr. Holly Lane, director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute, and author of UFLI, helps you distinguish fact from fiction.

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Click here to learn what is meant by the term The Science of Reading, and to learn that Structured Literacy is more than just about decoding and spelling. 

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These (now infamous) Emily Hanford podcasts jump started a Science of Reading revolution. Listening to these four podcasts made me drop my jaw in disbelief. I have spent my entire career seeking out beginning reading instruction science and trying to put it into practice - facing ridicule, shame, and intense fearful reactions along the way.


These podcasts gave me, and thousands like me, the courage to break the silence about approaches that remove barriers and provide equal access to print.

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RICH in content, light-hearted, guests are wise, sincere, honest, knowledgeable, and insightful. I cannot wait to get free time so that I can listen to another one!

Some of my favourites are Episode 80 (START HERE!), 71, 116, 92, 66, 112, 105, 109., 100 (trauma and reading)

Just plunk on some running shoes, and pop in some earbuds!  I love going for a walk and listening to any of these well-respected podcasts!


This podcast not only addresses DLD (struggles with taking in (understanding) and expressing (using) language. It is about ORAL LANGUAGE in general. 


My favourites so far are "Storytelling" (ep. 27) and "School & DLD" (ep. 24) with Pamela Snow - I learned so much!!

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Anna Geiger, M.Ed. (a.k.a. The Measured Mom) explains beginning reading instruction topics so engagingly, you feel reassured, competent, and motivated to improve your practice right away. She helps us make small, but mighty changes.

I have confidence in her resources because they are in alignment with evidence-based practices. I don't have to go through any weeds or fact-checking here.
Anna has what it takes to make beginning reading instrucion work: Experience, Open-Mindedness, Knowledge, and Integrity.

*I am the guest in Episode 112, and 113 (talking about oral language).

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My favourites:

  • Season 6: Episode 1        (It's not all about Phonics)

  • Season 6: Episode 3 (Implementation)

Curious about the Science of Reading in the Junior and Intermediate and Senior Grades?

Curious about Complex Texts?

This is one of my favourite webinars by Amplify.

Mitchell Brookins not only explains why and how to teach complex texts, but he also provides VERY PRACTICAL teaching strategies. This is an extremely engaging webinar!


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Curious about Reading Fluency & Comprehension?


Another one of my favourites! This is an EXCELLENT video - very easy to understand.         


Dr. Jan Hasbrouck explains so much in such a succinct way!

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Feeling curious about how LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION fits into the Science of Reading?

Listen to Amplify's S6 E1 Podcast: The other side of Scarborough’s Rope with Margaret Goldberg

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  • Keys to Literacy offers an array of training including comprehension, vocabulary, and writing

  • Keys to Literacy is also the home of Joan Sedita and the Writing Rope.

  • CLICK HERE for Keys to Beginning Reading training.

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For $100US, this is an introduction to the Science of Reading

Current, engaging, thorough, and well-respected contributors.

5 modules - 10 hrs of content - a solid introductory foundation. Covers:

  • Word recognition domain

  • Language Comprehension domain: Knowledge

  • Language Comprehension domain: Processes and Strategies

  • Reading Comprehension

CLICK HERE to register.

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It doesn't get any easier than this!

  • Only $75CAD

  • Free for students in teacher's college!

  • Engaging! LOTS of video demonstrations/practical exercises

  • Complete! Everything you need to know is covered from the very basics to morphology

  • Get together with a colleague or your team and go through it together for motivation

  • Quizzes are extremely beneficial to help you consolidate your learning

  • All proceeds go to the Ontario IDA so that they can keep doing the good work that they do!

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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 programs.​                                     

  • Join the Reading Simplified Academy to go through a series of online modules. ​                                                     

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The UFLI Foundations Teacher's Manual is something many teachers are trying to get their hands on now. Here is a link to some training videos that accompany the manual.

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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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  • Current, engaging, thorough, and well-respected contributors.

  • 5 modules - 10 hrs of content - a solid introductory foundation


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Curious about Small Group Instruction?

This is a terrific video - very comprehensive.

You will learn about how to organize and plan for small group instruction that targets skills, rather than have all students do the same thing, only with a different levelled text. 

Curious about Foundational Skills Instruction?

The Reading League's ONLINE ACADEMY is perfect for individual teachers or small groups of teachers to build knowledge about the Science of Reading.

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Mount Saint Joseph University is one of several universities that are now offering Masters and PhD programs in the science of reading.


CLICK HERE for IDA accredited training programs and opportunities.

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:

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CLICK HERE to learn about Online Courses.

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.

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  • One of the best places to start to build in-depth knowledge

  • Dr. Louisa Moats spearheaded the LETRS program

  • It has recently been acquired by LEXIA

  • I am not sure if LETRS is available in Canada, but you can go to this link and scroll down to INTERNATIONAL and contact someone for help.

  • I have heard many good things about LETRS training.

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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 - a gold standard


  • 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.

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The MISSION OF IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.

All IMSLEC training centers meet IDA's Standards for Teachers of Reading

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The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) really is a gold standard. NIFDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to:

  1. Providing continuous administrative and curricular support to schools and districts as they implement Direct Instruction (DI) programs.

  2. Conducting, promoting and publicizing high-quality research on the effects of DI implementations.

  3. They also provide many training events and conferences.


I like this FREE sight word strategies and orthographic mapping webinar.         *Start at minute 4:20

Structured Literacy in Kindergarten?

Watch these webinars (courtesy of the Ontario branch of the IDA) to hear Ontario teachers Emily Moorehead and Kate Winn explain practical strategies for implementing Structured Literacy in play-based and inquiry-based Kindergarten classrooms. 

Structured Literacy in Grade 1 & 2?

Watch this webinar (courtesy of the Ontario branch of the IDA) to hear Martha Kovack (that's me!) explain practical strategies for implementing Structured Literacy in a grade one/two classroom.

(I also provide Structured Literacy Courses in my private practice with

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Curious about what a morning in grade one could look like?

CLICK HERE and view this video: How I Run Small Reading Groups in First Grade //

Our first grade literacy block!

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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. Evelyn Reiss is now the principal at The Claremont School in Toronto, and provides Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy training and certification.

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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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"DLD is a significant difficulty learning, understanding, and using spoken language. DLD is a relatively NEW term (2017) for a condition we have known about for hundreds of years." (DLD Fact Sheet, RADLD)

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This 30-minute webinar was FILLED with practical strategies.

Here is the brief and EXTREMELY PRACTICAL pdf that accompanies this webinar and outines these strategies.

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