As part of our deep commitment to improving early literacy in Colorado, we are excited to announce that we are offering 20 scholarships for Colorado educators to attend the Reading League’s introductory "Knowledge Block" An Introduction to The Science of Reading online this month. The Reading League is a widely respected organization that bridges the gap between research and classroom practice to improve literacy outcomes for students.
The Science of Reading embodies over 40 years of research from multiple fields of study that shines a light on key fundamental principles of reading instruction. The Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act, passed in 2012 and updated twice in the last few years, is grounded in this comprehensive body of research that identifies the most effective ways to teach reading and it also targets state funding to identify and support those students that need it the most. Yet, we often hear from educators that they do not feel like they have been prepared to use these science backed reading approaches in their classroom. This introductory session will cover what the evidence says, why this is so important for our practice, and will set the stage for future Knowledge Blocks addressing how this translates into classroom practice. This is an exciting time to engage with the science; with evidence-aligned instruction, we really can deliver on the promise of literacy for virtually all students.
Please share this with educators in your life that you think would be interested and encourage them to apply! Details are below!
Who Should Apply?
This opportunity is open to all Colorado educators, but at this time priority will be given to educators teaching reading in kindergarten - fourth grade.
When are the Sessions?
At this time we are able to offer two sessions: June 18, 2020, 11am-1:30pm June 25, 2020, 11am-1:30pm.
How do I apply?
Please complete this very brief application expressing your interest. Please don’t feel like you need to write a long essay or agonize over word choice. We just want to hear about you, why you are interested in this professional development, and how you see it impacting your students.
When will I know if I will be receiving a scholarship?
We will send you an email following up with you about next steps next week.
Does this training qualify for Colorado continuing education units?
This does not qualify for Colorado continuing education units and would be strictly professional development for teachers interested in digging into the science of reading and understanding how to improve their classroom practices.