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Understanding the science of reading: Implications for explicit, systematic, and multisensory literacy instruction and intervention is a Course

Understanding the science of reading: Implications for explicit, systematic, and multisensory literacy instruction and intervention

Ended Jul 29, 2022

Full course description

Location Self-paced online

Full Schedule Access is available from Monday, June 20th through Friday, July 29th, 2022.

Facilitator Margaret Krause, Ph.D.
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Margaret Krause, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Literacy Studies Program at the University of South Florida. Dr. Krause's research focuses on pre-service teachers’ developing literacy identities, multimodal literacy practices for children with reading differences, and the facilitation of inclusive literacy pedagogical practices for pre-service teachers in diverse educational settings. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and she consistently presents at national conferences including the Literacy Research Association's Annual Conference, the American Educational Research Association's Annual Conference, the National Association of Professional Development Schools, and the International Literacy Association's Annual Conference. Additionally, she has published articles in Dyslexia: An International Journal, Gifted Child Today, and the Journal of Media Literacy Education.


This professional development course is designed for classroom teachers to explore the science of reading and developmental models of reading. Focus on phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and foundational, inclusive literacy practices are central topics in the course. Through the exploration of these topics, teachers will consider implications for explicit, systematic literacy instruction and multisensory literacy interventions for children with decoding difficulties, dyslexia, and broader reading challenges. The overall goal of this professional development course is to provide a platform for practicing teachers to explore flexible and skillful use of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for planning inclusive, responsive, and culturally relevant instruction for all students.

This course will be delivered in an asynchronous, online platform over 6 weeks (40 hours). Course modules will be self-paced to accommodate for flexible learning. The instructor will be accessible throughout the duration of the course for virtual office hours. Optional virtual “coffee talks” will be offered for participants to discuss course content.

Florida statute 6A-4.0051 requires 40 hours of professional learning “in the use of explicit, systematic, and sequential approaches to reading instruction, developing phonemic awareness, and implementing multisensory intervention strategies” for recertification of teachers renewing various teaching certifications (e.g., elementary education, primary education, middle grades, education, English education, reading, and others). This professional development course satisfies this 40-hour requirement.

For questions about this training event contact Rachel Hatten at or 813-974-5959.