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Achieve the Core free online module series

Understanding the Foundational Reading Skills 


Reading Rockets free online module series

What every teacher should know, Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing

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.  

2019 READing Conference Highlighted Speaker: Steven Dykstra, PhD

Why Don't They Understand How Wrong They Are? (PPT)

In October 2019, the department hosted the 5th Annual READing conference. Steven Dykstra, Ph.D., a psychologist from Milwaukee Wisconsin, where he does writing, speaking, and advocacy on the subject of reading and literacy, was one of the keynote presenters. His presentation focused on our shared history of reading instruction - to show us how we got here, where that is, and how we might find the courage to do better.

The following are archives from the Ohio Department of Education. 

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Annual Colorado READing Conference Archives