These courses have been developed to meet requirements for awareness of the knowledge and practices of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy as outlined in the Rhode Island Right to Read Act. This is a five part series intended to be taken in sequential order, beginning with Course 1: Building a Statewide Awareness of The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. 

Important Reminders

You will need a unique enrollment key to enroll in Courses 2-5. Enrollment keys can be found in the Wrap Up section of each prerequisite course after all activities have been completed and the course certificate has been unlocked. For instance, once Course 1 has been completed, the enrollment key will appear at the end of that course to enable you to enroll in Course 2. Find out more about using enrollment keys

Please enroll in a course ahead of the date in which you plan to participate to ensure you can access it. This will provide time that may be needed if you've forgotten your username or password or need to submit a HelpDesk ticket to resolve an issue. Our HelpDesk is monitored during typical school day hours.

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At the end of each course, after you complete all activities, you will earn your certificate of completion for that course. At the end of the final course, Course 5, you will also receive an additional certificate for completing the entire series of courses. Check with the individual in your district to determine if they would like for you to forward each course completion certificate or the final certificate for completing the entire series.

These courses will be released on a rolling timeline, with the first course available August 1, 2021 and the final course available by January 28, 2022.

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Course 1: Building a Statewide Awareness of The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy

Students across grades and content areas struggle to comprehend text at their grade level due to a variety of reasons that may include a language-based learning difference, a weakness in one or more subskills of reading or writing, or an insufficient amount of explicit, systematic instruction. This course will provide an overview of the decades of research articulating how proficient reading develops and the instructional approaches necessary to support this process. Participants will deepen their understanding of the theoretical frameworks of reading, break down the subskills of reading as they relate to decoding and language comprehension, and learn about a variety of student learning profiles that affect literacy development.
Course Content Developers: Laura Hauerwas, Kari Kurto, Nichole Pugliese, Julia Salamone, Marcy Zipke


Intended Audiences

View the work assignments required to exhibit awareness as they appear on the RIDE website.

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


Course 2: Decoding and Encoding: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Morphology

Course 2 of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy Awareness courses will explain the subskills of word recognition that must be explicitly taught and practiced to develop the neural processes needed for skilled reading. Participants will learn more about phonemic awareness and phonics, the strong correlation between spelling and reading, and will develop a knowledge of morphology and its role in understanding the spelling and meaning of words in the English language. This course will also provide guidance and resources to support educators across grade levels and content areas. 
This course requires an enrollment key which is provided upon successful completion of Course 1: Building a Statewide Awareness of The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy in the "Wrap-up" section. 

Prerequisite

  • Course 1: Building a Statewide Awareness of The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy

Course Content Developers: Laura Hauerwas, Kari Kurto, Marcy Zipke


Intended Audiences

View the work assignments required to exhibit awareness as they appear on the RIDE website.

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs


Course 3: Supporting Language Comprehension: Vocabulary, Morphology, and Background Knowledge

Understanding the meaning of complex texts is an intricate process that is challenging for many students. This third course in the The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy series will provide an overview of the complexity of comprehension and will detail how reading research can inform our instructional decisions to support language comprehension. Participants will learn of the integral role that background knowledge and vocabulary plays in comprehension. Useful resources will be shared to support building knowledge across grade levels and content areas as well as guidance and materials to increase the depth and breadth of student vocabulary through explicit instruction, teacher talk, and morphological awareness.  

This course requires an enrollment key which is provided upon successful completion of Course 2: Decoding and Encoding: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Morphology in the "Wrap-up" section. 

Prerequisites

  • Course 1: Building a Statewide Awareness of The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy
  • Course 2: Decoding and Encoding: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Morphology
Course Content Developers: Kari Kurto, Julia Salamone


Intended Audiences

View the work assignments required to exhibit awareness as they appear on the RIDE website.

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

2 PLUs