Science of Reading Academy

Presented by California Department of Education, Diagnostic Center, Central California
Based on science of reading research, this course is designed to introduce teachers and other interested professionals to fundamental knowledge and skills needed for effective reading instruction and assessment practices. Knowledge and skills taught in this course are aligned with California Common Core Standards and California Dyslexia Guidelines. This course was created for professionals working in an educational setting and seeking increased understanding and skill in effective reading instruction.


Educators are invited to participate in 12 live interactive training sessions, self-paced individual study, and personalized support in the area of reading instruction over the course of 4.5 months. Visit the Science of Reading Academy Sample Syllabus web page for more detailed course information.


To provide educators with a knowledge foundation in science of reading research and practices, and hands-on practical skills with individualized support for each participant.


Participation in the course is free to teachers in California Public schools. However, space may be limited and administrator permission will be required in order to complete assignments related to teaching practice. Participants will be asked to purchase three textbooks that will be used throughout the course.

Science of Reading Academy Team Members

Name Email
Paula Velez, M.A.
Gwen Deeter, M.A.
Patricia Deroian, M.A.
Jodie Dittmar, M.S.

Training Sessions

All sessions are live virtual sessions at the times posted below during the week of June 19 to June 24, 2023.

Science of Reading Academy 2023 Summer Intensive

June 19, through June 23, 2022.

2023 Summer Intensive Zoom Registration LinkExternal link opens in new window or tab.

Last Day to Register: May 31, 2023.

Date Time Title Presenter
June 19, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Unit 1 Introduction to Science of Reading & What Is Orthographic Mapping?
Unit 2 Phonology & Phonemic Awareness, Part 1 Phonology & Phonemic Awareness, Part 2
Paula Velez / Jodie Dittmar
June 20, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Unit 3 Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 1
Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 2
Optional Q & A Session: 1:30 - 2:30
Gwen Deeter
June 21, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Unit 4 Morphology, Syllabication & Vocabulary: Part 1
Morphology, Syllabication & Vocabulary: Part 2
Optional Q & A Session: 1:30 - 2:30
Patricia Deroian
June 22, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Unit 5 Reading Assessment in the Classroom, Part 1
Reading Assessment in the Classroom, Part 2
Optional Q & A Session: 1:30 - 2:30
Paula Velez
June 23, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Unit 6 Structured Literacy, Part 1: Syntax & Semantics
& Part 2: Teaching Practices
Paula Velez