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In these sessions, learn about the Science of Reading and how it informs best practices in reading instruction. The presenter will summarize the growing body of research that informs the Science of Reading. Then, participants will explore explicit strategies and resources for teaching the components of reading using a structured, multimodal approach. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE English language arts teachers and tutors of all levels

The Science of Reading is an ever-growing body of research from cognitive and development scientists, neuroscientists, and educational psychologists that analyzes and explains how the brain learns to read. The human brain was not wired for reading; it is not an innate skill that many seem to develop naturally, such as listening or speaking. Instead, reading must be taught through an explicit, multimodal approach. 

The National Reading Panel identified five key foundations of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. In these two sessions, learn how the Science of Reading informs instruction in these key components. We will discuss a word study approach, fluency instruction, tiers of vocabulary knowledge, and the role of background knowledge in comprehension. Educators will explore structured best practices for teaching the elements of reading. We will also share a variety of resources to support explicit reading instruction.

Participants who complete both sessions of this PD event will receive 3 hours of PD credit in LACES.

Please note: Several days before the event you will receive an email from Zoe Reinecke, (, of the SABES ELA PD Center at World Education with directions for accessing the Zoom sessions.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Understand that the science of reading is a collection of research from neuroscience and psychology experts
  • Explain the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope
  • Understand the roles of word study and graphic organizers in reading
  • Determine appropriate instructional practices to explicitly teach reading
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/28/2024 - 2:00 pm to 03/28/2024 - 3:30 pm
04/04/2024 - 2:00 pm to 04/04/2024 - 3:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
Learning Disabilities / Differences
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