Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction Summer Institute

BDSI Summer Institute

Learn to teach the code in Summer 2023!


How does it work?

The Summer Institute is a hybrid course with two main components:

  • IDA Ontario's existing on-demand Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course (5 units)
  • Live Learning Community meetings to review content and discuss implementation (5 meetings)


Learning Communities will be facilitated by Ontario structured literacy coach, Martha Kovack, M.A. Participants will practice, discuss, and explore strategies for the course modules: basic and advanced phonics, spelling, multisyllabic reading and spelling, and morphology. This content supports the word recognition strand of Scarborough's Reading Rope.

When are these sessions?

Two cohorts will be offered via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for the first session and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for the other sessions, either

  • Tuesday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 OR
  • Wednesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Totaling 5 meetings per cohort.

Who is this for?

Although geared for primary and special education teachers in Ontario, the knowledge and strategies in this course focus on teaching foundational word reading skills (phonics, spelling, multi-syllable words, and morphology), and these are also the essential basis for remediation of reading and spelling skills for older students.

Summer Course Requirements

Participants are required to be enrolled in the existing on-demand Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction to have access to the course materials. Not enrolled? Please register below.


Decoding and spelling instruction is only one part of an effective structured literacy program, which should also include systematic and explicit instruction in other elements such as phonological awareness, fluency, oral language development (vocabulary, background knowledge, syntax, etc.), reading comprehension, and writing.