What courses or certifications should I pursue if I want to do more with reading instruction and literacy?
That is one of the top questions I get asked. I have tried to steer away from answering it . . . UNTIL NOW!
Why would I try not to answer this question? Because ONE class, course, or program DOES NOT prepare you to work with literacy. It might provide you with a great foundation, but more is needed. We are constantly learning more about how we learn to read.
Here are my top three places to learn more about structured literacy.
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) - This has been one of my favorite trainings so far. It really teaches about the methodology and how it can be applied to multiple programs. (DISCLAIMER: I work as an independent contractor for Cambium Learning Group. Thoughts and opinions are my own and I do not reflect the company)
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) - IDA offers professional development opportunities delivered by SLPs, teachers, and top researchers in the literacy world.
University of Florida Literacy Institute - For those that want more of a structured program via a University, here is one program that offers just that!
These are just my top three, but there are many other great trainings available to professionals.