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. 

In order to enroll in each course, you will need to be logged into your BRIDGE-RI account. Don't have an account? Create one now!

After you have successfully completed all activities in the first course, an enrollment key will be unlocked which will allow you to enroll in the next course in the series. Each course will have its own unique enrollment key. 

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 December 30, 2021.

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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 (Opens for enrollment October 30, 2021)

This course is currently in development and will open for enrollment October 30, 2021. Check back for more information coming soon!


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 (Opens for enrollment October 30, 2021)

This course is currently in development and will open for enrollment October 30, 2021. Check back for more information coming soon!


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