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Feeling hesitant or curious about the 'Science of Reading'?

Listen to this Melissa & Lori podcast with a kindergarten teacher who was feeling the same way. Her journey to find her own answers is brilliantly described, and typical of so many teachers right now!
Listen to how the literacy leader at her school planted the seeds so carefully, and find out how they bloomed!

CLICK HERE to view all of the podcasts.

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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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Curious about Reading Fluency & Comprehension?


This is an EXCELLENT video - very easy to understand.         Dr. Jan Hasbrouck explains so much in such a succinct way!

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Curious about how to Make Small Changes Right Away?

CLICK HERE for a 13 min. Brief Intro to the Science of Reading video, a 3-min. Introduction 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.



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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. 

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Curious about Decoding & Spelling Instruction?

This 5-module course is available through the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

CLICK HERE to access ($65CAD).

NOW FREE for current teacher candidates!

Covers all of the basic knowledge you need to understand to support students with word recognition.

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Curious about which course to take to start learning about ALL aspects of the Science of Reading?

  • ​10 self-paced online video modules (tools) that cover every topic thoroughly (knowledge, oral language, phonemes, phonics & spelling, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, reading aloud, collaborating with peers)

  • Accredited by the International Dyslexia Association

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Take The BIG DIPPERS course!

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

CLICK HERE to register.

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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!

My favourites so far are Episode 80 (START HERE!), 71, 116, 92, 66, 112, 105, 109...

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These four 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.


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

They are, and will be classics in the field for decades to come, I am sure.

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My favourites:

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

  • Season 6: Episode 3 (Implementation)

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Click on any of these well-respected podcast producers to go directly to the podcasts.
This is a SUPER simple way to get some knowledge about many science of reading topics. Just download, and listen while you are driving or walking!

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:

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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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  • 10 online video modules (tools) that cover everything thoroughly

  • Accredited by the International Dyslexia Association

  • 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!)
  • One of the best places to start to build in-depth and thorough knowledge

  • for independent teachers, their online training consists of 8 units, 16 hours per unit = 128 hours (approx. $395US), but it seems that those outside the US can no longer take this training. ??

  • accredited by the International Dyslexia Assn

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

  • I have heard that this is no longer available for Canadians

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

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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.

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

I provide LIVE - in person or online - structured literacy courses, training, and coaching for teachers, schools, and school boards.

Visit: SoundReaders,ca 

Click on this video on the left to view a webinar I presented with the Ontario International Dyslexia Association.

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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). 

  • CLICK HERE for link to her website.

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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.


CLICK HERE to go to their Virtual Teaching Hub - terrific explainer videos.

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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!

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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. 

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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 from a Fellow of the Academy.

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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.


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 ;)


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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Teachers who have shifted their practice in light of reading research often encounter difficulty when trying to encourage their colleagues to make those same changes.

Listen to this honest and poignant presentation by Margaret Goldberg to learn more! (Note: this is a live Facebook presentation with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg from Reading Simplified)

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