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 live virtual training sessions, self-paced individual study, and personalized support in the area of reading instruction as requested. Time-limited access to session recordings is provided to registered participants for each Science of Reading cohort. See our sample Science of Reading Academy Syllabus page or our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more detailed course information. Still have questions? Email Paula Velez for more 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.

Topics Covered

During the Science of Reading Academy, Summer Intensive we will be covering key concepts related to reading development and instruction, including: the reading brain, orthographic mapping, phonological awareness, decoding and word recognition, syllabication, morphology, structured literacy and reading assessment. Participants will receive all of the content provided in our semester long series during the summer intensive session.


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 presentations with a recording provided to registered participants only.

Science of Reading Academy - Fall 2024

August 23 through November 22, 2024. All sessions will start at 3:30 PM and end at 4:30 PM on scheduled dates.

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Registration for the Fall 2024 session closes on August 17, 2024.

Date Topic
August 23, 2024 Introduction to the Science of Reading Academy
August 30, 2024 Phonological Awareness, Part 1
September 6, 2024 Phonological Awareness, Part 2
September 13, 2024 Orthographic Mapping
September 27, 2024 Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 1
October 4, 2024 Decoding & Word Recognition, Part 2
October 11, 2024 Syllabication & Morphology, Part 1
October 18, 2024 Syllabication & Morphology, Part 2
November 1, 2024 Reading Assessment, Part 1
November 8, 2024 Reading Assessment, Part 2
November 15, 2024 Syntax & Semantics
November 22, 2024 Effective Teaching Practices