Professional Development

Curriculum Associates' Free Webinar Series on Science of Reading Instructional Strategies Starts March 2

Curriculum Associates will launch a free K–12 webinar series starting March 2 and continuing through May 18 to help educators move from understanding to implementing science of reading, research-based teaching strategies in their classrooms. Titled “The Science of Reading: Putting Research into Action,” the seven-part series will cover phonology, multisyllabic words, alphabetics, decodable readers, phonics instruction, and word recognition.

All webinars will be held on Zoom at 4 p.m. Eastern Time/1 p.m. Pacific Time and last for one hour.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Demystifying Phonological versus Phonemic Awareness Instruction on Thursday, March 2;
  • Big Words: Systemic, Explicit Instruction of Multisyllabic Words on Tuesday, March 14;
  • Alphabetics: What’s Hard about Teaching Letters and Sounds (and How to Do It Well!) on Thursday, March 23;
  • The Science of Decodable Readers: Part 1 on Tuesday, April 4;
  • How to Deliver Effective Phonics through Spelling Instruction on Thursday, April 27;
  • The Science of Decodable Readers: Part 2 on Tuesday, May 9;
  • Why and How to Teach Word Recognition: Sight Words and Orthographic Patterns on Thursday, May 18.

The webinars will be led by literacy experts D. Ray Reutzel, Parker C. Fawson, and Heidi Anne Mesmer.

Reutzel is the dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming and president of the Reading Hall of Fame. He is the author of over 225 publications in reading, early literacy, and early childhood education. He also served as authors and research advisor to i-Ready, Magnetic Reading Foundations, and Magnetic Reading.

Fawson directs the Center for the School of the Future at Utah State University. He taught Grades K–6 early in his career and later served as a faculty member, department chair, and dean.

Mesmer is a professor of literacy in the School of Education at Virginia Tech.

To learn more and register, visit the Curriculum Associates science of reading webinar page.

About the Author

Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.