Science of Reading – Connecting to the Classroom

Online Learning Library

The Step By Step Learning® Online Library contains nine competency strands focused on the science of teaching reading and is organized in a consistent format. The competency-based learning contains adaptive assessments designed with active educators in mind. Leveraging adaptive technology, the assessments will direct educators to the portions of the course that need to be learned, saving time from watching content already mastered. A micro-credential certificate is issued to the participant upon successful completion of each course. The Science of Teaching Reading modules, found in the online solution, can benefit all administrators, teachers and Reading Specialists based on several decades of experience in providing professional development to educators seeking better academic outcomes for students.

  • The Science
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Advanced Decoding: Decoding Multisyllabic Words by Syllable
  • Advanced Decoding: Decoding Multisyllabic Words by Morpheme
  • Accessing Complex Text
  • Close Reading

The following provides a brief summary of each of the science of teaching reading competencies in the solution.

1. “The Science – How the Brain Works”
In this course, participants will review the stages of reading development, focusing on the Simple View of Reading. The participant will also review language and reading components necessary in learning to read.

2. “Phonemic Awareness”
This course introduces participants to the phonemes (speech sounds) and the importance of phonological awareness in reading and spelling instruction.

3. “Phonics and Spelling”
This course explores the structure and history of English spelling from several angles: phoneme-grapheme correspondences, letter patterns within words, syllables, meaning parts of words (morphemes), and historical layers in the orthography.

4. “Fluency”
In this course, participants explore methods to teach fluency at the sub-word, word, phrase, sentence and text level. Participants practice strategies such as drills, repeated readings, choral reading, echo reading, and strategies for tracking progress.

5. “Vocabulary”
This course explores practices to support direct and indirect instruction of vocabulary. Methods to encourage use of vocabulary are explored. The importance of teaching word structure and its relationship to word meaning is discussed.

6. “Advanced Decoding: Multisyllabic Words”
In this course participants will apply their knowledge of the morphemes, orthographic patterns for the six syllable types, and the multisyllabic word routine to deepen their understanding of how to deconstruct multisyllabic words for meaning.

7. “Advanced decoding” Morphology”
This course explores the importance of morphology and the value of teaching morphology at all grade levels. Methods to identify how we can include morphological instruction within word work are addressed.

8. “Accessing Complex Text”
This course defines the importance of teaching complex text and helps participants understand what makes text complex. Throughout the session teachers will be exposed to strategies intended to teach students how to access complex text.

9. “Close Reading”
This course describes close reading and a strategy that helps students read with a focus in order to deepen comprehension. Participants will be able to determine and interpret the relationship between close reading, complex text and text dependent analysis as reflected in the standards.

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Connecting to the Classroom

Connecting to the Classroom® is a hybrid between the Science of Teaching Reading (SOTR) and the ability to implement the knowledge into daily classroom practice. Knowledge of the science certainly needs to be acquired, however, if classroom practice is not impacted, the exercise to train teachers on the science was wasted. These workshops not only reinforce the Science of Teaching Reading content, but provide support and guidance as teachers move from theory to practice. Connecting to the Classroom® is a key component in the gradual release of information and translates what can be very academic information into knowledge and strategies that teachers can immediately apply in their classrooms as they explicitly teach the students to read.

  • Oral Language
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonology
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • The Routines of a Polished Phonics Lesson
  • Advanced Decoding: Decoding Multisyllabic Words Using Syllables
  • Advanced Decoding: Decoding Multisyllabic Words Using Morphemes
  • Accessing Complex Text
  • Close Reading
  • Early Childhood
  • Block Play – Supporting Oral Language and Cognitive Development
  • Planning Meaningful Fun For All Students While I Teach Small Groups

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