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Professional Development Opportunities

CDE Senior Literacy Consultants 

Regional technical assistance is available across the state. 


Open Source Professional Development Resources

Achieve the Core free online module series

Understanding the Foundational Reading Skills 

Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed 

A  free online self-directed course geared to help you more effectively prepare your students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers. A certificate of completion for 20 hours (2 CEUs) or 30 hours (3 CEUs) of professional development will be provided on request to participants who complete certain criteria within the platform. 

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by David A. Kilpatrick, PhD

This text offers school psychologists, reading specialists, and educators a practical and accessible guide to the most relevant research, information, and strategies available for understanding, assessing, and intervening with students who present with reading difficulties.

Free Online Module Series 

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties is an on-demand eLearning series that was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education. 

Archived Presentations

The Colorado Department of Education recorded Dr. David Kilpatrick's presentations at the 2017 Reading in the Rockies Conference. Access to the archived recordings are below:

The Nature of Reading Development and Reading Difficulties

Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention in Light of Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading

  • Part 1 summary via Spelfabet
  • Part 2 summary via Spelfabet​

Book Study Tools - Arkansas DOE

Arkansas DOE has developed a guided book study based on this text.  Educators are encouraged to use the Chapter Guides to delve into the concepts of each chapter and discover ways this content should change how we approach reading instruction.  A Facilitator’s Guide is also available to help with rich discussion of each chapter, looking especially for how the concepts change what we should do in classrooms and schools. 

Recorded Presentations

The following presentations have been recorded from various live learning opportunities with the Colorado Department of Education.  


Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction (formally know as READing Foundations Academy)

*Note sessions for the 2018-2019 school year have been established. Please reach out if you are interested to learn how the Literacy Team at the CDE can support your early literacy professional development efforts. 

NEW FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR: In an effort to increase application and sustainability of newly gained teacher knowledge from the training, CDE is offering the support of a consultant that will engage with schools and districts.  In addition to the FOLI classes, the consultant will be available to meet with district leaders, school principals, coaches and teachers for data analysis sessions and classroom observations. Additional professional development for literacy coaches will also be available. Please review the form for further instructions. 

WHO:  All K-3 teachers, interventionists, instructional coaches and educational leaders.

WHAT:   A no-cost training focused on explicit and systematic Tier 1 instruction for teachers of reading who want to implement the components and principles of scientifically based reading instruction. This dynamic course deepens educator knowledge by introducing the science of how children learn to read, illustrates the importance of all components of reading and demonstrates how to put these concepts to work in the classroom.CDE will partner with districts and BOCES to arrange regional Academies and provide highly trained instructors

Class 1:  Phoneme Articulation and the Text-Dependent Questions

Class 2:  The Outcome-Driven Model and Data Analysis

Class 3:  Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping ,Vocabulary and Read-Alouds

Class 4:  Syllable Types and Text-Dependent Questions

Class 5:  Irregular Words, Syllable Division and Morphology

Class 6:  Reading Fluency and Writing

Class 7:  Integration and Putting it All Together

HOW: CDE will partner with districts and BOCES to arrange regional Academies and provide highly trained instructors.

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