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 as requested. See our sample Science of Reading Academy Syllabus page or our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more detailed course information.


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


Participation in the course is free to educators in California Public schools, however, space may be limited. It is recommended that participants 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 Schedule

Sessions are all live virtual presentations with a recording provided to registered participants only.

Science of Reading Academy Fall 2023

August 25, through December 15, 2023.

Registration is closed for the fall session.

All sessions are Fridays, 2:00-3:30 pm.

Date Title Presenter
August 25, 2023 Introduction to Science of Reading Paula Velez
September 1, 2023 Phonology & Phonemic Awareness, Part 1 Jodie Dittmar
September 8, 2023 Phonology & Phonemic Awareness, Part 2 Jodie Dittmar
September 22, 2023 What Is Orthographic Mapping Paula Velez
September 29, 2023 Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 1 Gwen Deeter
October 6, 2023 Question & Answer Session (Optional) Jodie Dittmar
October 13, 2023 Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 2 Gwen Deeter
October 27, 2023 Morphology, Syllabication & Vocabulary: Part 1 Patricia Deroian
November 3, 2023 Morphology, Syllabication & Vocabulary: Part 2 Patricia Deroian
November 17, 2023 Reading Assessment, Part 1 Paula Velez
December 1, 2023 Reading Assessment, Part 2 Paula Velez
December 8, 2023 Structured Literacy: Syntax & Semantics Paula Velez
December 15, 2023 Structured Literacy Teaching Principles Paula Velez