Transform Literacy Instruction: Professional Learning

Our professional learning is built on the foundation of the science of reading. Recent research and major scientific advancements into literacy acquisition have uncovered a large disconnect between how we are teaching children to read and how children actually learn to read. Only 70% of students leave school with the literacy skills to reach their full potential. We can change this by understanding and teaching the fundamental skills – decoding and language comprehension – that children must acquire to become fluent and efficient readers and the strategies that are most effective in teaching these skills.


This professional learning will:

expand a teachers’ understanding of foundational literacy development based on the Simple View of Reading;
provide them a deeper understanding of the sub-domains of decoding and language skills essential in literacy development;
extend their repertoire of high-yield teaching strategies based on an Active Teaching model;
coach them on how to apply the core strategies of proactive classroom management; and
improve their understanding of how teachers can use literacy data to inform instruction and monitor students’ progress.


Outcome: Educators will learn about the science of reading and how to transform their classroom practice to improve literacy acquisition.

Module 1.The Simple View of ReadingLearn about the science of literacy and its impact on students’ progress in learning to read.
Module 2.High-Yield Teaching StrategiesFind out how to deliver an active teaching lesson and five high yield teaching strategies.
Module 3.How to Teach Coding SkillsUnderstand the domains of decoding skills and how they are critical for learning to read.
Module 4.How to Teach Language Comprehension SkillsLearn about the role of language skills in reading acquisition and comprehension. Learn how to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Outcome: Educators will acquire a deeper understanding of how a child learns and how to implement strategies to enhance classroom practice.

Module 1.How children learn: Cognitive processingLearn the six ways that children learn based on the recent research from the National Science Foundation. Apply the strategies relevant to cognitive processing.  The module includes a description of Indigenous ways of knowing.
Module 2.How children learn: KnowledgeLearn how to build a classroom “knowledge fund”. Apply the strategies relevant to cognitive processing.
Module 3.Classroom management

Rules and routines

Understand and apply four key strategies for setting rules and routines for proactive classroom management.
Module 4.Classroom management:

Maintaining order

Understand and apply four key strategies for maintaining order in the classroom.
Module 5.Classroom management:

Minimizing disruptions

Learn how to teach self-regulation skills, establish a formal structure for managing misbehaviour, ways to track misbehaviours, and use logical consequences when students do misbehave.

Outcome: Educators will learn how to analyze student, classroom, and school data to inform classroom practice.

Module 1.Usable dataLearn about the various types of data, the process for collecting informative data, and a framework for effective data use.
Module 2.Use child and parent data to support children’s learningLearn how to use data to support individual learning goals and communicate progress effectively to parents and caregivers.
Module 3.Use classroom data to support children’s learningLearn how to use data to inform instruction and monitor student progress.
Module 4.Use school-level data to build a strong foundation for successUnderstand how an aligned and effectively communicated approach to data builds a strong foundation for student success.
Module 5.Foster an environment of using dataLearn how to integrate data into professional learning and a professional community of practice.

*Course content is subject to change

Equip teachers with the skills they need to impact all students reading proficiency and empower them in supporting all students to thrive.