The Courses

TEACHERS’ INTRODUCTORY COURSE

The Wired for Reading Introductory course offers an engaging, quick, but deep exploration of linguistics as it applies to teaching reading and spelling. It simplifies English spelling patterns without compromising them, allowing students to learn how to connect speech to sounds, sounds to letters, and letters to meaning, thus empowering students to fluidly break down words as they read and spell. Its multi-sensory, systematic approach has a strong record of success for struggling readers both in and out of the regular classroom. At the same time, all learners benefit from the program’s engaging exploration of morphology and the architecture of the English Language.

Grounded in research, the Wired For Reading Introductory Course is organized and presented in four parts:

Teacher Essentials  Linguistic Foundation Core Anglo Saxon Phonics Common But Quirky Words

In addition to large group discussion, participants work in small groups. Most small groups will be guided by at least one ‘alum’, a participant repeating the class to deepen his or her skills. The bulk of course time is spent on Linguistic Foundations and Core Anglo Saxon concepts.

Optional: Three credits through Seattle University Professional Development program EPDLA 900 for $59.00 per credit or 30 Washington State clock hours at $3.00 per clock hour. Credits earned may apply towards Washington State teacher certification and for advancement on the salary scale.

TEACHER ESSENTIALS

  • A targeted review of the reading research needed to provide teacher background for the program
  • Explanations of the underlying neural processing problems that can create barriers to reading and spelling
  • Definition and discussion of the ‘Response to Intervention’ (RTI) model for providing differentiated instruction
  • Exploration of Baddeley & Hitch’s model of the working memory
  • A brief history of the English language to provide a context for why English phonics are challenging and a discussion of how multiple word origins have created an awkward spelling puzzle, but have also given us a tremendous reading comprehension advantage. English loves to adopt eloquent words from all over the world, and each new immigrant word carries along its own spelling tradition. Hence English is rich with words (and spelling choices).
  • Exploration of Wired for Reading’s teaching philosophy and its two visual organizers: The House of English and the Learning Spiral (inspired by Bruner (1977))

LINGUISTIC FOUNDATION

  • Using a speech-motor approach to teach phonological awareness creates a deep and powerful foundation for reading and spelling.
  • Studying the relationships between speech and sounds, sounds and letter patterns, and meaning patterns in words and how these impact phonics patterns.
  • Learning kid-friendly terms for Linguistic concepts
  • Creating and using a Vowel Key to track all 18 English vowel sounds using multi-sensory techniques.
Research indicates that when teachers learn linguistics, the deep structure of English, they are better prepared to understand and respond to their students’ decoding and spelling errors. (McCutchen, 1998; McCutchen, Green, Abbot, & Sanders, 2009).

CORE ANGLO SAXON PHONICS

  • Originating from the Anglo Saxon heritage of English, these are the first words children learn to say, read, and spell.
  • Phonics comes alive through stories that weave together to highlight the interconnection of English spelling patterns. Storytelling through art, music, drama, and laughter personifies patterns, and makes them engaging, imaginative, and memorable, rather than just rules to be memorized.
  • In order to have one source to manage multiple spelling patterns, spelling choices are taught and attached to the Vowel key one pattern at a time from most common to least common, recursively.
  • Focus is on single syllable ‘root’ base words to prepare the way for the multi-syllable work explored more intensely in the Intermediate Course.
  • Using Adapted American Sign Language, learn the meanings of the most common Anglo Saxon suffixes and how they change the meaning of the root.

COMMON BUT QUIRKY WORDS

  • Common and quirky words have been a part of English for so long that they no longer fit modern letter-sound correspondence. To learn how to read and spell these old, but useful words, we will use research based strategies to burn them into our mind’s eye, and understand how they impact grammar.
  • Learn to look for meaning and word origin cues to know how to spell tricky words.
  • Learning how to make non-phonetic words burn into the mind’s eye using the best research based strategies – color coding and mental imagery (Berninger, 2006).
  • Delving into small grammar words used to glue more meaningful words together and discovering how to imbue grammar words with as much meaning as possible to aid rapid recall. By themselves, these common, grammar words are not terribly meaningful, but they are terribly important. (Wolf, 2008).

Wired for Reading draws upon the research of Dr. Virginia Berninger, Dr. Robert Calfee, Dr. Marcia Henry, Dr. Louisa Moats, Dr. Dick Olson, and Dr. Joe Torgesen, Dr. Barbara Wise, and Dr. Maryanne Wolf, among others.

REGISTRATION

August 15-18, 2022

WIRED FOR READING
INTRODUCTORY COURSE

HAMLIN ROBINSON SCHOOL
LEAD INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA ROGAN

  • Dates: August 15-18, 2022
  • Format:  10 hours of asynchronous learning including 5 hours of video viewing and 25 pages of reading in the online book to be completed before the first day of class. 20 hours of in-person instruction.
  • Hours: 8:45am – 3:00pm Pacific Time
    Lunch break 12:15pm-1:00pm
    There will also be a 15-minute break in the morning.
  • Reserve your spot: Remit $150 deposit (non-refundable after deadline) or reserve by sending school Purchase Order to certification@wiredforreading.com.
  • Tuition: $1375 (includes materials)
  • Tuition Payment and Registration Deadlines: August 1, 2022
  • Late Fee: $140 will be assessed after the tuition payment deadline.
  • Alum: $330  (Those that have completed this level course in the past are considered alums.)
  • Waitlist: email certification@wiredforreading.com.

Sept 29-30
& Oct 1, 6-8 2022

WIRED FOR READING
INTRODUCTORY COURSE

ONLINE
LEAD INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA ROGAN

  • Dates:  September 29-30 and October 1, 6-8, 2022
  • Format: 10 hours of asynchronous learning including 5 hours of video viewing and 25 pages of reading in the online book to be completed before the first day of class.  20 hours of live online Zoom instruction.
  • Hours:  Thursday-Friday 3:45pm-6:30pm. Saturday 8:45am-2:30pm.  Lunch break 12:15pm-1:00pm.  Pacific Time Zone.
  • Deposit:  $150 reserves spot.  Non-refundable after registration deadline.
  • Tuition:  $1375 – includes course materials
  • Tuition payment and registration deadline:  September 12, 2022
  • Late Fee:  $140 will be assessed after tuition and registration deadline
  • Alum Tuition:  $330 (Must have completed this level course in the past)
  • Waitlist: email certification@wiredforreading.com.

January 26-28 & February 2-4, 2023

WIRED FOR READING
INTRODUCTORY COURSE

IN PERSON at HAMLIN ROBINSON SCHOOL and ONLINE
LEAD INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA ROGAN

  • Dates: January 26-28
    and February 2-4, 2023
  • Format:  10 hours of asynchronous learning including 5 hours of video viewing and 25 pages of reading in the online book to be completed by the due date shown in the online lesson content. 10 hours in-person instruction, 10 hours online Zoom instruction.
  • Hours:  Online Thursday-Friday 3:45pm-6:30pm. In-person at Hamlin Robinson School/Seattle Saturday 8:45am-2:30pm.  Lunch break 12:15pm-1:00pm.  Pacific Time Zone.
  • Reserve your spot: Remit $150 Reserves place (non-refundable after deadline) or reserve by sending school Purchase Order to certification@wiredforreading.com.
  • Tuition: $1375 (includes materials)
  • Tuition Payment and Registration Deadline:
    January 12, 2023
  • Late Fee: $140 will be assessed after the tuition payment deadline.
  • Alum: $330  (Those that have completed this level course in the past are considered alums.)

March 2-4 &
March 9-11, 2023

WIRED FOR READING
INTRODUCTORY COURSE

IN PERSON at BRIGHTON SCHOOL and ONLINE
LEAD INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA ROGAN

  • Dates: March 2-4 &
    March 9-11, 2023
  • Format:  10 hours of asynchronous learning including 5 hours of video viewing and 25 pages of reading in the online book to be completed by the due date shown in the online lesson content. 10 hours in-person instruction, 10 hours online Zoom instruction.
  • Hours:  Online Thursday-Friday 3:45pm-6:30pm. In-person at Brighton School/Mountlake Terrace Saturday 8:45am-2:30pm.  Lunch break 12:15pm-1:00pm.  Pacific Time Zone.
  • Reserve your spot: Remit $150 Reserves place (non-refundable after deadline) or reserve by sending school Purchase Order to certification@wiredforreading.com.
  • Tuition: $1375 (includes materials)
  • Tuition Payment and Registration Deadline: February 16, 2023
  • Late Fee: $140 will be assessed after the tuition payment deadline.
  • Alum: $330  (Those that have completed this level course in the past are considered alums.)
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