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 - Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Visit the Science of Reading Academy Sample Syllabus web page for course details.

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Date Title Presenter
January 13, 2023 Introduction to Science of Reading Paula Velez
January 20, 2023 What is Orthographic Mapping? Paula Velez
January 27, 2023 Phonological Awareness: What it is & Why it Matters Jodie Dittmar
February 3, 2023 Phonological Awareness Teaching Strategies Jodie Dittmar
February 10, 2023 Decoding & Word Recognition: What it Is and Why it Matters Gwen Deeter
February 17, 2023 Decoding & Word Recognition: Teaching Strategies Gwen Deeter
February 24,2023 Teaching Syllabication & Morphology Patricia Deroian
March 3, 2023
Teaching Vocabulary & Comprehension Patricia Deroian
March 10, 2023 Reading Assessment Tools Paula Velez
March 17, 2023 Using Reading Assessment to Inform Instruction Paula Velez
March 31, 2023 Syntax & Semantics in Structured Literacy Paula Velez
April 14, 2023 Structured Literacy Teaching Practices Paula Velez