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Online Course for Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

Event Date and Time

Thursday, June 1, 2023 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2023 (All day)


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This self-paced, asynchronous eLearning series was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. 

Course Date: June 1 to September 1, 2023

Participants will learn: 

  • Why popular and commonly used instructional practices do not work for struggling readers.
  • How to appropriately assess students to determine root cause for reading difficulties.
  • Highly effective and evidence based strategies and instructional practices to improve reading skills.

Who is this course designed for?

This course will be beneficial to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the science of reading. This course will be especially beneficial to special educators, general educators, interventionists, special service providers, and parents who support struggling readers in all grades.

Do I need the book to complete the course?

Participants DO NOT need the book to complete the online course, but may view the series as a tandem companion or supplemental resource for supporting a study of the book: The Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015)

What is the objective of this course?

Through engagement in this series of 13 on-demand webinars, participants will understand the current research, implications, and the essential elements necessary for assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties.

What are the requirements for this course? 

This course requires participants to watch 13 module videos, respond to discussion questions and complete short assessments for each module.

How many CDE credit hours?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements of this course will receive 15 CDE credit hours

**If you are not committed to completing all the work and are just interested in viewing all or a few of the modules, please check out our other free, on-demand course for Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties through guest access via our CDE Moodle open course.


When Registering please use your district email. Priority will be given to Colorado educators! Registration has been closed for this session of APORD. 

Note: Registration for this course will close once 260 participants have registered or on May 24, 2023, whichever happens first

Existing Moodle Account? 

If you already have a CDE Moodle Account, you can self-enroll through the CDE Moodle site. 




Contact Information

Veronica Fiedler