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.

Course Goal

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

Course Format

Educators are invited to participate in 12 live virtual training sessions, self-paced individual study, and personalized support in the area of reading instruction from a science of reading perspective.

Course Fee

Participation is free to educators in California's public schools; space may be limited and administrator permission will be required. Please see course syllabus and registration form for additional details.

Upcoming Dates

Date / Time Title Presenter
August 27, 2021 Introduction to Science of Reading Paula Velez
September 3, 2021
What is Orthographic Mapping? Paula Velez
September 10, 2021
Phonological Awareness: What It Is & Why It Matters Jodie Dittmar
September 17, 2021
Phonological Awareness Teaching Strategies Jodie Dittmar
October 8, 2021
Decoding & Word Recognition: What It Is & Why It Matters Gwen Deeter
October 15, 2021
Decoding & Word Recognition: Teaching Strategies Gwen Deeter
October 22, 2021
Teaching Syllabication & Morphology Patricia Deroian
October 29, 2021
Teaching Vocabulary & Comprehension Patricia Deroian
November 12, 2021
Semantics & Syntax in Structured Literacy Instruction Paula Velez
November 19, 2021
Structured Literacy Teaching Practices Paula Velez
December 3, 2021
Reading Assessment Tools Paula Velez
December 10, 2021
Using Reading Assessment to Inform Instruction Paula Velez


Fall registration closes September 3, 2021. We're planning to offer another virtual academy during the spring semester of 2022.


For course syllabus and registration information, please contact Dawn McHenry at dmchenry@dcc-cde.ca.gov or (559) 243-4047.