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Designed to complement and build on educators’ existing teaching strategies, Systematic Reading Instruction will increase educators’ knowledge about the science of reading and teaching, and equip them with the teaching strategies and resources to teach a systematic reading instruction program.

Please note this course is designed for individual learners.. School and district-level pricing is available. Contact us for further information.



Our professional learning content has been created by literacy experts who have extensive knowledge and a deep passion for student learning. It was developed by the literacy team at The Learning Bar and Dr. Doug Willms, who held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development for 14 years.

Our online professional learning courses offer educators the flexibility to choose what works for them.

Language: English

Course Type: Asynchronous

The Learning Bar provides four courses:

  1.       Systematic Reading Instruction

  2.       The Science of Teaching

  3.       The Science of Assessment

These courses will provide educators with the fundamental skills – decoding and language comprehension – that children must acquire to become fluent and efficient readers and the strategies that are most effective in teaching these skills.

Learning Outcomes

Each course is grounded in key evidence from academic research, linked to proven and practical classroom pedagogy, and connected to leading-edge educational policy, assessment, and governance strategies. Participating teachers will learn about the most up-to-date research on the science of reading and have a deep understanding of how to teach children to read using a structured and engaging approach.

Educators leave the course with:

  • A clearly defined scope and sequence for teaching reading

  • Instructional strategies on phonics, morphology, and reading comprehension.

  • Aligned engaging activities, games, and worksheets.


    Module 1. Why Systematic Reading Instruction Introduces a unique systematic approach to reading instruction.
    Module 2. The Science of Reading Outlines key concepts of the science underlying systematic phonics and reading instruction.
    Module 3. The Science of Teaching Reviews the principles of the science of teaching and provides practical strategies that can increase the rate at which children learn to read.
    Module 4. Phase 1: Becoming a Reader Introduces the scope for teaching the foundational skills of becoming a reader.
    Module 5. Strategies and Activities for Phase 1 Instruction Provides simple, effective strategies and activities that ensure students master foundational reading skills.
    Module 6. Phase 2: Becoming a Skilled Reader Defines morphology and explores decoding words with more complex sound-letter relationships to increase students repertoire of words.
    Module 7. Strategies and Activities for Phase 2 Instruction Outlines effective strategies to integrate morphology into instruction to quickly build vocabulary and spelling.
    Module 8. Phase 3: Becoming an Expert Reader Describes the most effective scope and sequence of teaching reading comprehension.
    Module 9. Strategies and Activities for Phase 3 Instruction Outlines ten strategies for improving reading comprehension, includes subject-based vocabulary and links them to activities related to literature, fine arts, mathematics, science, and land-based knowledge.
    Module 10. Summary and Next Steps Provides a short overview of key learnings and recommendations on the next steps.